The human search for meaning. Human life is an existential crisis. We do what we can to avoid it. We try to ignore it, outsource it, delegate it, divert our attention from it or deny it exists. But they’re all feeble and futile attempts to avoid the unassailable law of our being, the essence of… Continue reading The Silence of the Cosmos is the Sound of Freedom
How to Construct a Worldview – A blueprint for building tolerance and humility.
Human beings need a worldview to function. A worldview isn’t a single belief or even a collection of beliefs. It’s the widest possible view we can take of reality. A worldview is an interpretative framework, a conceptual map containing all the various facts about the world. It orientates us to the world and informs us… Continue reading How to Construct a Worldview – A blueprint for building tolerance and humility.
Rhetoric: The ancient art of persuasion
Communication tools to inspire and motivate. Rhetoric has a bad reputation. It’s often used as an insult to suggest speech which is intended to deceive. In connection with the speech of politicians it implies they’re misrepresenting the facts. We associate rhetoric with propaganda, not truth. There is some basis for this reputation. But to place a… Continue reading Rhetoric: The ancient art of persuasion
The Invisible Mythology of our Modern World
Why our ideas of human progress could destroy us. In the modern world, our civilization has a story. It conveys our vision of who we are, the expression of our self-image. There are many versions of the story, but they all have a similar theme of progress. Our stories of progress permeate our culture. The… Continue reading The Invisible Mythology of our Modern World
Are you a Prisoner in Your Ideological Comfort Zone?
How to recognize when you’re in an echo chamber. Being imprisoned in your comfort zone doesn’t sound unpleasant, but even a luxury prison holds you captive. Could you recognize if you were a victim of ideological imprisonment? How can we be confident we aren’t trapped in a comfortable social media bubble filled with like-minded opinions? There… Continue reading Are you a Prisoner in Your Ideological Comfort Zone?
Is a Universal Basic Income the Solution to Inequality?
Imagine if you were entitled to an unconditional payment from the government which was enough to provide you with the basic necessities of life. What would you do? And more importantly, what wouldn’t you do? How would this economic security affect your life decisions? For most people that sort of payment has the potential for… Continue reading Is a Universal Basic Income the Solution to Inequality?