A Mental Unrest of Getting More and Going Somewhere Else

While working on a text about Indigenous Peoples, I stumbled upon this great insight into the characteristics of our modern life, which we tend to regard as superior to the 'less civilized' societies: Again, mentally, is not our condition most unsatisfactory? I am ... alluding ...to the strange sense of mental unrest which marks our … Continue reading A Mental Unrest of Getting More and Going Somewhere Else

The miracle of your mind isn’t that you can see the world as it is; it’s that you can see the world as it isn’t.

When it comes to being wrong we all agree that human nature is not infallible, that we all make mistakes, that perfection is unattainable. However, says Kathryn Schulz in her Ted Talk  On being wrong, “when it comes down to me, right now, to all the beliefs I hold, here in the present tense, suddenly … Continue reading The miracle of your mind isn’t that you can see the world as it is; it’s that you can see the world as it isn’t.

Is there more universality or more particularity in storytelling?

I have discovered by chance a recording of a beautiful exchange of ideas and perspectives on storytelling between John Berger and Susan Sontag on Youtube. Their take on storytelling is especially fascinating because of the relation they have with it - both of them are writers of fiction. Thus, we get perspectives on storytelling which … Continue reading Is there more universality or more particularity in storytelling?

A life without ultimate meaning can be made worth living

The Madness of Sincerity — a 1997 documentary revisits Albert Camus’ Life and Work. It is Camus’ “madness of sincerity” that produced the invaluable works like The Stranger, The Plague, The Rebel, The First Man, The Outsider, and The Fall. Handsome, mysterious, irrepressible, with a great thirst for liberty, Albert Camus faced the discomfort, thrill, … Continue reading A life without ultimate meaning can be made worth living

‘Things don’t have to be permanent to be meaningful’

Lindsay Beyerstein talks on Point of Inquiry with Greta Christina about coping with death and our own mortality in her recent book “Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do With God.” We live in a death-denying society; we tend to avoid talking and thinking about our temporary stay on earth mainly because it is a kind of … Continue reading ‘Things don’t have to be permanent to be meaningful’