More on being yourself by Ralph Waldo Emerson from Self-Reliance

E.E. Cummings said, "To be nobody-but-yourself-in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else-means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting." This is a common theme throughout history; the greatest thinkers have praised originality. This is a concept worth continuing a … Continue reading More on being yourself by Ralph Waldo Emerson from Self-Reliance

The criminal justice system in America

You should know about it. Too many people don't realize just how damaging it is to so many lives. For example, mandatory minimum sentencing is cited by many to be untenable, private prison systems incentivize incarceration, and minorities have been arguably unfairly targeted. To start your journey, check out this article about how more than … Continue reading The criminal justice system in America

CityLab’s visual exploration of how public libraries came to be

CityLab is a website dedicated to the people who are creating the cities of the future—and those who want to live there. Through sharp analysis, original reporting, and visual storytelling, their coverage focuses on the biggest ideas and most pressing issues facing the world’s metro areas and neighborhoods. Recently, they did a remarkable piece that … Continue reading CityLab’s visual exploration of how public libraries came to be

Intentionality

Will is a force that can be used to construct if one is not guided by blind desire. Thoughts lead to words. Words become actions. Actions become habits. Habits become character. These are powerful statements from Margaret Thatcher, which are further carried by James Allen in As a Man Thinketh. Men and women, he writes, are … Continue reading Intentionality

Cicero on the greatest thing to be praised in a great and splendid person

Marcus Tullius Cicero was one of the greatest leaders of the Roman Republic. Over the course of his career, he became, among other things, an orator, lawyer, and politician. Also, for centuries, he was considered one of the greatest philosophers. One of his best-known works is On Duties.  According to the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Written … Continue reading Cicero on the greatest thing to be praised in a great and splendid person

Democracy can work better

It isn't that people are apathetic, that they don't care about what's going on at city hall and just want to live their lives with the government operating in the background. It's that the government's communication strategy is terrible. We live in a hectic world where we're constantly interrupted, and they are publishing 150-page documents … Continue reading Democracy can work better

Henry David Thoreau and the disdain of vanity

In "Economy", Henry David Thoreau's opening chapter to Walden, the esteemed author says of fashion trends, We worship not the Graces, nor the Parcæ, but Fashion. She spins and weaves and cuts with full authority. The head monkey at Paris puts on a traveller’s cap, and all the monkeys in America do the same. In … Continue reading Henry David Thoreau and the disdain of vanity

The first step to being cultured

If you don't come from an intellectual environment, trying to get a good foundation of knowledge can be daunting. Quality education is difficult to come by, and you may not know it when you see it. I'm convinced that it's a never-ending adventure. Culture is something to be explored, and you never really get it … Continue reading The first step to being cultured