Readers of this site will note that I have a broad definition of “philosopher.” My reading list reflects this.
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Recently, I discovered Alain de Botton, a philosopher for the people. Read More
Ah parents–good parents– So lovable yet so gullible. They’ll buy anything–tips and tricks– that are “good for the kids.” But, alas, there’s something wrong. Their kids get lost in the throng! As they exit their bubble They begin to struggle. What if the secret to success is failure? What if you need grit in order […]
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“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it” – Albert Einstein
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“Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.” – Bruce Lee
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Unless you have one overriding goal in life, it’s better to hope, not expect.
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Exercise yourself in small things. It’s a simple statement. But think about what it means if you really put it into practice. We are all taught to think big, to dream fantastic dreams, to not settle for less. There’s nothing wrong with that. Keep your dreams and big plans, for they are precious things, aye, […]
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…but you might be able to change some part of it. To survive as an idealist in the modern world, it’s necessary to make this subtle but important change. ‘To save the world’ is such an inspiring notion, but too many idealists are crushed by the burden of such an unrealistic standard.
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In my previous article, Slaves of Time, I discussed freedom of attitude, a kind of inner calm in the face of a world that demands much of our time. It is hard to free ourselves from time anxiety–after all, we were brought up to maximize, to seek ever more with ever less of our time. […]
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In the developed world, we live longer and have more choices than ever before, but this embarrassment of riches is creating a growing problem. Many people simply get overwhelmed by all the options.
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