The Town Square
The key to fixing our cities, to creating Strong Towns, is to treat them like complex, emergent systems capable of iterative change.
To address rising atomization and alienation, we must account for radical inadequacy and experiment with more totalizing communities.
Tribes and Tribulations
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With the understanding that fear is the fundamental problem in being human, we have our starting point. To pursue this quest, we must fully deconstruct anxiety, reveal its origins and mechanism, and find its resolution.
Our cultural institutions have the story backwards. Focus on well-being instead of achievement, and success will follow.
Here are five recent research findings worth considering when weighing the wisdom of “follow your passion” or pursuing a calling in life.
In the Half Rhyme
- Flight Rachel Bueide
- If Kipling Knew When Jenny Lee Hurst
- Lucky Apratim Mitra
- Curry 5 Shoes Randy Yee
- Thirty Miles at Sea Glenn Brown
- Impermanence Bianca Romano
- Fireplace Apratim Mitra
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Sages and Stoics
Freedom entails the capacity to think and to judge in private, where solitude empowers the individual to contemplate their actions and develop their conscience, to escape the cacophony of the crowd. Solitude precedes moral thinking.
Communication and Connection
Tradition and Progress
Once resembling the relationship between a devoted father and an admiring son, Freud and Jung split over the question of culture’s origins.
Nell Irvin Painter’s book identifies some of the roots of the inequality we see today, which are based on the antiquated “science” of race theory. We can use the social construct of race to address social injustices, but what do we do with the mixed legacies of race theorists?
Just as simple technologies have been abandoned for more beneficial advancements, so should we jettison institutions, laws, philosophies, and cultures which no longer incubate human flourishing.