"There is only one meaning of life: the act of living it," wrote German psychologist and social theorist Erich Fromm in 1941.
Some find meaning in their work, in travel, in writing, in loving, in obeying a religion, in creating babies—all of which are different acts of living. The meaning of life (a noun) is in the process of living (a verb).
This points to a fundamental shift from that of a static goal, to a dynamic experience.
In this view one does not put off the rewards of life, Read more [...]
Willowy and wanting
by stretching to the time
of high expectations,
which the contented and closed
would never wish to see,
you are a beautiful model
of curious discontent
who like a magnet draws
the lively and the lustful.
Willowy and wanting
to realize the promise
of so many customs,
you mix the ingredients
of epicureans and hedonists,
cartwheel through life’s carnivals
yet know the need
to trim the sails,
feel Read more [...]
Does school prepare us for life in the real world? Is knowledge passed from academia to public spheres? Are we learning from the past, or do we continue to make the same mistakes? How well do we really understand ourselves and others in our geopolitical, social, and historical context?
It seems to me there are major gaps within our distribution of knowledge.
Today I want to focus on one of those gaps, the gap between life in school and life after school. Over the coming weeks I will look at Read more [...]
I drew this up flowchart / map of religious beliefs about three years ago. I agree with this quote in part. Thinking can be terrifying. At the time I drew up this map I was at the beginning of an emotional process of learning to think - discovering where the worldview of my upbringing fit with the worldview of other people's upbringing.
Can you see where your beliefs fit?
There seems to be an endless list of ism's. Have I missed yours? If I've missed any to do with key categories of beliefs Read more [...]
What makes more sense?
1. That God selected ONE species to be his “chosen” species, abandoning all His other creations to nothingness.
2. That God values ALL of his creations. The idea that humans are the only creations with souls, is a narrative created by humans not God.
What makes more sense?
1. That God selected ONE group of people to be His “chosen people, to help them conquer other groups of people (as long as they obeyed Him) and to punish all other people in the world who strive Read more [...]
Have you noticed the reoccurring pattern of almost hypocritical contradictions contained in my most recent entries? There seems to be a battle going on inside my mind:a battle between my leftist idealistic side (a perspective largely shared at the peace conference) that seems to abruptly clash with my more right-wing conservative side (a result of my experiences in India).
I care about people. I care about those who live in unsanitary conditions, those who suffer from war, from hunger, from Read more [...]
"War is like a chess game - operated by a few key people, everyone else doing what they are told." "In war, who is the real enemy? The real enemy is war itself." War is "preserving democracy, not practicing it." Crimson Tide
I was talking with some army boys at a party on the weekend. You know, a casual debate about whether or not Saddam Hussain and Osama Bin Laden were once on the CIA payroll. Academic Scholarship vs Military Intelligence. Justice vs Defence. Peace vs Violence. It got just a Read more [...]
Empowering women has been said to be the "silver bullet" to ending poverty.
Studies have shown that an increase in the income of women directly correlates with increases in the education and nutrition of children. These children will lead longer and more fulfilling lives, and an upward spiral will begin as they can provide better education and nutrition to their children.
Increases in the income of men have no correlation with children's education and nutrition, but instead correlate with increases Read more [...]
Creativism... the beginnings of a new philosophy, with positive implications on social, political and economic theories.
Ok – with that amazing very creative photograph that won “Portrait of the Year 2009” by Sydney photographer Pippin Schembri – I now divert your attention to something close to my heart - for now I’m calling it “Creativism”, but it seems that "Potentialism" also fills the bill. (Click here to see Potentialist version of below)
I think you’ll find there’s Read more [...]