The Town Square
To address rising atomization and alienation, we must account for radical inadequacy and experiment with more totalizing communities.
William Irwin seeks to quell bad faith arguments and encourage greater acceptance of the uncertainty so endemic to life’s big questions.
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.
In the Half Rhyme
- FlightRachel Bueide
- If Kipling Knew WhenJenny Lee Hurst
- LuckyApratim Mitra
- Curry 5 ShoesRandy Yee
- Thirty Miles at SeaGlenn Brown
- ImpermanenceBianca Romano
- FireplaceApratim 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.
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.