If you feel uncomfortable, you’re probably doing something right

Seth Godin says that it's dangerous to be average, to appeal to the masses. You look just like everyone else. You're just another individual. This idea is conveyed in this TED talk. Platitudes that hold up: 1. A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there. 2. Fortune favors the bold. Authenticity … Continue reading If you feel uncomfortable, you’re probably doing something right

The artist and the professional

The professional tends to live according to a system. There is a method in place. When meeting people they follow the rules of the game. They follow their checklist, introducing themselves with a smile, shaking hands firmly with eye contact, trying to display a good attitude, and if they're smart, letting the other person talk … Continue reading The artist and the professional

Brain Pickings: A collection of all things smart and interesting

  Brain Pickings is the result of Maria Popova's pursuit of her own truth, the record of her becoming as a person — intellectually, creatively, spiritually — and an inquiry into what it means to live a good life. Popova is one of the most incisive literati of the 21st century. It's no wonder 1.2 … Continue reading Brain Pickings: A collection of all things smart and interesting

Community: The foundation of culture

Smarter people than me, scholars and artists, have tried hard to capture the complexities of the human experience and show perennial truths about the state of Man. Unfortunately, the fact is that it’s probably impossible to do. There are so many diverse cultures in the world. People change greatly for an unlimited number of reasons, … Continue reading Community: The foundation of culture

Liberal education: An introduction

A few months ago I received a set of books published by Encloypedia Britannica consisting of 10 volumes from 1959 called collectively The Great Ideas Program. The topics in the set run the gamut from philosophy to mathematics to imagination, literature, and theology. I'm excited to eventually explore the depths of its ideas. And I'm … Continue reading Liberal education: An introduction

Leo Tolstoy on what it means to be a heretic

In Leo Tolstoy’s magnum opus of philosophy and religious thought, The Kingdom of God is Within You, there is a section where he discusses what it means to be a heretic. An understanding or, at least, a varying perspective of heresy is of value to the intellectual because it speaks not only to the church but also … Continue reading Leo Tolstoy on what it means to be a heretic

The value of philosophy (According to Bertrand Russell)

The Nobel Prize-winning philosopher Bertrand Russell is considered by many as one of the greatest logicians of the 20th century. In the closing chapter of his work The Problems of Philosophy he explains why you should value philosophy- chiefly because it will liberate you from your own prejudice. The practical man Russell begins with an examination of what … Continue reading The value of philosophy (According to Bertrand Russell)

Aristotle on what it means to be great

Steven B. Smith states in his lecture on political philosophy that “The citizen of the best regime…must be able to sustain war if duty requires, but only for the sake of peace and leisure…the end of the regime is peace and the purpose of peace is leisure”. Leisure here doesn’t refer to relaxation or inactivity but instead connotes a sense of … Continue reading Aristotle on what it means to be great

Fathers of sociology

The number of fathers of sociology is a topic of debate, but, generally speaking, there are five prominent figures: Auguste Comte, Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Herbert Spencer, and Max Weber. This article gives a brief overview of these thinkers’ theories.  1. August Comte (1798-1857) Comte’s major ideas:  Sociology refers to the “scientific study of society.” All … Continue reading Fathers of sociology