Betterment

"Compared to what we ought to be, we are only half awake. Our fires are damped, our rafts are checked… the human individual lives usually far within his limits."
- William James, The Energies of Men

This collection is about being more than than the halt, the lame, half-made creatures that we are. The greeks called it 'arete', others call it 'dharma'. We'll call it 'betterment'.

Accidental talent


On Emotion


We're setting goals wrong, we're missing the point, and it's troubling


Who was Plato and Why Should We Care


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


The false promise of a return to nature


Why catharsis is a (dangerous) lie


There are over 2000 of us

Keep up. Emails two or maybe three times a month, with the latest articles on the site and possibly a short note on something topical.


Doesn't work? This signup form can count as a 'tracker' and your addons might be blocking it. This one will look like "armchr.us19.list-manage.com" or similar. Try allowing it, while you join.