With the new year comes new resolutions, a common one being to read new books that challenge you. The idea is that doing so will expand your mind, make you a better person. But is that the inevitable outcome of such an endeavor? English professor Micah Mattix doesn't think so; here's why.
With COVID we have more opportunities for solitude than ever before, and artists of all people should be grateful for that. Right? Well ... what if solitude is less about isolation from the world so you can paint or write, and more about a process of "concentrated fascination" that leads to the production of art not only for yourself but for the common good?
What is courage, and how do we get more of it to face the difficult days ahead? Insights from sci-fi, art, and social activism.
"The self-forgetful person would never be hurt particularly badly by criticism. It would not devastate them, it would not keep them up late, it would not bother them. Why?"
In two paragraphs Henri Nouwen conveys incredible insight on the nature of darkness and light, cynicism and joy.
An article from The Atlantic says gossip can strengthen interpersonal bonds and make us better people. I am dubious.
The saying "that which does not kill us makes us stronger" suggests that suffering automatically produces strength. It does not.
I'm walking through a trial that has led me to study what different thinkers say about suffering.
What if we are not primarily thinking creatures, but creatures of habit? What if we are not driven mainly by what we know, but by what we love? My review of this incredible book by James K.A. Smith.
A blog post at Nautilus argues that we need a whole new class of experts who study the science of stupidity. But don't such people already exist?