Erraticus: Meaningful Ideas for Emotionally Intelligent Living

Erraticus is an online publication focused on human flourishing.

Most of us arrive at adulthood having experienced many social institutions—familial, religious, scholastic, governmental, professional, and artistic—which have failed to nurture within us sufficient emotional intelligence. We struggle to understand our feelings, and the insights they offer us. We cower and hide from them. We wrestle with living authentically, wondering when to listen to ourselves and when to let the outside world in. We inhabit a rather chaotic and beautiful existence, but grapple with how we might shape it into something personally meaningful. We consume media and absorb the ideas around us, too often accepting them as merely interesting, and go about our days in minimally-engaging ways.

So many of these institutions and ideas offer legitimate impact, but if we let them stay in an abstract realm, rather than apply them in concrete ways, we become passive observers. When an article is just a fascinating read or a film is simply entertaining, we have missed an opportunity.

Ideas matter, not in and of themselves, but when they change how we navigate relationships, make career choices, contextualize our personal place in society, and ultimately, create meaning and purpose amidst the joys and pains of existence.

At Erraticus we believe that art, culture, and ideas matter as much as they develop emotional intelligence, and empower individuals to live well. We write to engage with people who have a growth mentality, inspiring them to thrive and nurture emotional intelligence in their communities.

While the individual is sacrosanct, what starts at the personal level finds a powerful path beyond, to the other, where meaning can and ought to be shared. This is what is meant by spontaneous culture, where solutions to living well begin locally, within every human being, and grow out into our wider communities.

Many contributors have been involved in this endeavor of social innovation since 2016.

Erraticus is always interested in thoughtful submissions. We accept well-considered and well-written pieces focused on human flourishing, ranging from arts and entertainment, to tech and science, to religion and culture. Email them to submissions@erraticus.co.