The majority of the world’s population has also found in religion a core belief system fulfills the innate human need for meaning and purpose, acting as a shield against existential angst and moral dilemmas. Additionally, it can be argued that religion establishes a common-belief system which fosters cooperation and understanding between members, thus making society less susceptible to friction. In fact, the use of religion as a social tool may largely explain its staying power and cross-cultural ubiquity.
Human societies have indeed found in religion a solution to induce individuals to be nicer to each other as it outsources social and moral monitoring to a supernatural force that is all-seeing and omnipresent.
Why is water clear? Why is the sky blue? Why do I have to eat broccoli? Why?Why?Why? Children love to use one of the most powerful tools of language to experience the world around them and engage in a sort of game with adults. It is a part of childhood, that special time when theContinue reading “What’s With WHY? Why is WHY important?”
You’re probably asking yourself: Why would I want to write controversial copy?! Because any persuasion be it written or spoken starts with you sharing your beliefs for the sole purpose of changing theirs. And the best way to be sure you do that is by getting them to read your stuff! Here is a greatContinue reading “How To Write Controversial Copy that Gets Engagements”
In antiquity, Rome and Greece were self-declared beacons of democracy, civilization, art, and philosophic thought. Nonetheless, they were plagued with problems that any civilization in its infanthood would experience.
Self-help books were at the pinnacle of literature. The most admired thinkers – Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Seneca, Plutarch and Marcus Aurelius – all wrote self-help books, whose aim was to teach us to live and die well. Furthermore, they deployed every resource of intelligence, wit and style in writing their manuals so as to ensure that their messages would delight the intellectual as well as the emotional faculties.
“My mind went back to a conversation I’d had years ago with an old friend. He was a long-lapsed Catholic, but he had decided to send his son to a Catholic school. When I asked him why, he said one word: “Inoculation.”
The beginning of liberalism can be traced back to the Age of Enlightenment, a period brimming with political and religious persecution. A multitude of human experiences including the Protestant Reformation, the American, British, and French Revolutions, and the persecution of all non-Catholics in Europe culminated in the rise of liberal thought which sought to upendContinue reading “What It Means to have a Liberal Education”
There seems to be an ever-emerging sanctity surrounding the ‘Pursuit of Happiness‘ whatever that may mean. You’ll hear sayings from seemingly happy people about how “Life is a Joke and you should just do what makes you happy”. But more often than not, it’s not that these people are actually happy, but rather making excusesContinue reading “Stop Chasing Happiness and Start Chasing Meaning.”
If you are able to better understand the basic framework of society and its operations you will inevitably be more adept at analyzing what changes need to be made to drive us forward.
Similarly, humanities provide us with the blueprints for all modes of human thinking and
helps us understand how to make sense of the world around us since we simultaneously shape, and are shaped by it.
Having been groomed for politics and the art of philosophy, Marcus was destined to become the next Emperor. He was perfect for the job as he was a man of reflection and principle, guided by the ancient Greek philosophers and their mission of acquiring eudaimonia (happiness.)
Marcus was a stoic, an ancient Greek school of thought which stipulated that happiness was found in accepting every moment for what it is, by not allowing one’s desires and fears to be their master, by developing one’s mind to understand the world, and to work together and treat others fairly and justly.
That means you’re going to have to be extremely picky on what you spend your time reading. Because even if you read a book a day for the rest of your life, you aren’t even going to make a 1% dent in the archives of the Library of Congress. And if you don’t read them the right way, you aren’t going to get anything from it! What do I mean by this? Let’s just say a year or two into my classic’s studies I picked up a book called: The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli – tried reading it, and put it down after 10 painful-to-read pages.