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The scholastic enterprise is a bit funny. The pursuit of truth, but only for those who can read the articles. Terminology that isolates us from expression. Facts for the sake of facts, without understanding. A thousand proliferating disciplines, showering us with knowledge split into a million isolated fragments until "we know more and more about less and less". So let's do less of that, and just read and think a bit. Maybe then, we can turn that scholarship into wisdom we can use.
“the good life... is a direction, not a destination... the direction we choose when there is complete psychological freedom”.

- Carl Rogers, On becoming a person.

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We don't live in a true democracy, but that can be our strength cover image

We don't live in a true democracy, but that can be our strength

May 13, 2020 by Dorian Minors

The Athenian democracy of Plato's time was a 'truer' democracy than ours. Plato was staunchly against it, and yet his anti-democratic ideas still influence our democracy today. How? The age old dichotomy between 'the many' and 'the few' of Plato's time doesn't really exist anymore. From Plato, to Machiavelli, to Thomas Hobbes, we have devised a new democracy that collapses the two. And it's this change that should give us hope for the future.

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Who was Plato and Why Should We Care

April 22, 2020 by Dorian Minors

Plato has become something of a synonym for philosophy. A figurehead that encapsulates the idea of searching for meaning. In doing so, his philosophy has escaped us. And yet, his works from almost 2500 years ago reflect on matters that we still grapple with today.

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Common sense isn't as helpful as you'd like, and neither is the truth

April 18, 2020 by Dorian Minors

We covet common sense, especially at those times where the expertise of the academic world can seem so distant from our daily concerns. But the spirit of academic enquiry has something that common sense doesn't and you don't need to be an academic to have it too.

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Why being sad isn't always a bad thing

April 7, 2020 by Dorian Minors

A great deal is made about depression these days. Depression is on the rise. Suicide is on the rise. Anxiety is on the rise. It's alarming, and it often dominates the headlines. Most egregious is the claim that 'perhaps young people these days are too fragile'. It's not just a deflection of responsibility. What this new media narrative misses is that it's OK to be sad sometimes. In fact, some would say that being sad can actually be a good thing.

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