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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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What lies beneath? The uncomfortably vague 'unconscious processes'. cover image

What lies beneath? The uncomfortably vague 'unconscious processes'.

June 18, 2020 by Dorian Minors

The least endearing parts of ourselves are often ascribed to 'unconscious processes'. But these processes are typically very poorly defined. With anything so poorly defined, when we turn to face it, we are stymied; we don't know what we're up against. So let's get a better idea.

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The absurd artificial divide that's making money off racism cover image

The absurd artificial divide that's making money off racism

June 8, 2020 by Dorian Minors

If you'd believe the slew of recent posts, it's so difficult to 'work ourselves up' to talk to 'the other side' about issues of structural racism that we need to be carefully educated on how to do it. But that these articles have to be so careful in their messaging irks me. That we have to pander at all to notions of 'crossing political divides' and 'engaging in dialogue with each other' on issues so clear cut as this one is frustrating in the extreme. Because they aren't really real.

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We're setting goals wrong. We're missing the point. And it's troubling. cover image

We're setting goals wrong. We're missing the point. And it's troubling.

May 30, 2020 by Dorian Minors

I bet you've heard of S.M.A.R.T goals. If you haven't you should, and luckily enough I'm going to tell you about it here. But this article isn't about S.M.A.R.T goals. It's about what's underneath. It's about how we consistently miss the point of goals in our quest for success. It's about how that's toxic. And mostly, it's about celebrating ourselves a little more, because that's more important than we seem to want it to be.

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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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