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.
‘The School of Life’ is on a crusade to avail us of our emotional ignorance. Philosopher Alain De Botton seeks to remedy the shortcomings of contemporary education systems and the institutions that have failed to instruct us in how to approach the big questions in life.
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.
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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.
Tradition and Progress
In his newest book, God: A Human History, Reza Aslan seeks to provide an explanation for this rise of what he refers to as “the humanized God.” He proposes a more pragmatic idea of god, instead.
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.
All important technologies must be granted the option of becoming passé. In fact, the goal behind any technology should be for it to serve well and to die young.