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POP CULTURE: Better Celebrities

POP CULTURE: Better Celebrities

Serious people are used to thinking badly of celebrity culture. They hate how everyone wants to read about where the latest big name has been on holiday, or who they’re dating. They say it’s silly and a sad reflection of modern civilization. Such stern attitudes may sound sensible and noble, but they are in truth deeply irresponsible. The impulse to admire and have heroes is an important part of human nature. Ignoring it or condemning it won’t kill it off;…

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Cornel West: Hope Is Spiritual Armor Against Modern Society’s Spiritual Warfare

Cornel West: Hope Is Spiritual Armor Against Modern Society’s Spiritual Warfare

What does it mean to learn how to die in order to learn how to live? That’s platonic isn’t it? Philosophy itself is a meditation in preparation for death. Montaigne says the philosophizers learn how to die. Seneca says he or she who learns how to die unlearns slavery because art, paideia—deep education, not cheap schooling—deep education is about a critical self-examination of that which is inside of us that needs to die. The fears. The cowardice. The complacency. The…

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It’s Time We Take a Closer Look at America’s Three Favorite Words: Freedom, Liberty, and Democracy

It’s Time We Take a Closer Look at America’s Three Favorite Words: Freedom, Liberty, and Democracy

It’s Time We Take a Closer Look at America’s Three Favorite Words: Freedom, Liberty, and Democracy Freedom, liberty, democracy… these words are used so often that we give them little real thought, rarely holding them up to the realities of what we see around us. What do these words really mean? Do they currently exist for us to celebrate as we appear to think they do? And if not, is there anything we can do about it? Let’s take a…

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What to Do With Your Personality Test Results | Jordan B Peterson

What to Do With Your Personality Test Results | Jordan B Peterson

Clay’s Noren: how to use the results in the new personality test for progress in life? Try to compensate some sides that received fewer points At the risk of sounding self-serving, that’s actually why we developed the self authoring suite was to help people Improve their, let’s say performance and mental health, now We don’t have direct evidence that will improve personality But I suspect that that evidence would take a very long time to accumulate What we do know…

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HISTORY: CONSUMERISM

HISTORY: CONSUMERISM

For most of history, the overwhelming majority of the Earth’s inhabitants have owned, more or less, nothing. The clothes they stood up in, some bowls, a pot and a pan, perhaps a broom and, if things were going really well, a few farming implements. Nations and peoples remained consistently poor. Global GDP did not grow at all from year to year: the world was an aggregate as hard up in 1800 as it had been at the beginning of time….

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SOCIOLOGY – Alexis De Tocqueville

SOCIOLOGY – Alexis De Tocqueville

Democracy was achieved by such a long arduous and heroic struggle that it can feel embarrassing even shameful to be pretty Disappointed by it Perhaps the best guy to such feelings and to Modern democracy in general is a 19th century French aristocrat [Alexis] De [Tocqueville] Photo Tocqueville Democracy was a highly exotic and new political option he’d been born in 1805 when Napoleon was the populist dictator of half of Europe But he prescient lee believed that democracy was…

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Are we too Materialistic?

Are we too Materialistic?

it doesn’t seem to make sense to suggest that there might be such a thing as good materialism. After all isn’t materialism just plain bad always? It can seem as if we’re faced with a stark choice. Either you can be materialistic and that means obsessed with money and possessions shallow and selfish, or you can reject materialism be good and focus on more important matters of the Spirit. But in truth most of us are in our hearts stuck…

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Free Thoughts, Ep. 223: Choose Your Own Government (with Tom W. Bell)

Free Thoughts, Ep. 223: Choose Your Own Government (with Tom W. Bell)

Aaron: So I’d like to welcome all of you to the Cato Institute for a special live episode of libertarianism.org’s Free Thoughts podcast. I’m Aaron Powell, I’m director of Cato’s libertarianism.org project. Trevor: And I’m Trevor Burrus. I’m a research fellow at the Cato Institute Center for Constitutional Studies. This is the first time we’ve done it here live streaming. We’ve done a couple live episodes before and Free Thought was started about [00:00:30] fourth October of 2013, when Aaron…

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The Dilemma Of Loneliness

The Dilemma Of Loneliness

In the age of individualism (in Western countries at least) there is an increasing concern in regards to social isolation. We see this happening with the elderly, that are put away in retirement homes, deprived of interaction with children and grandchildren that are too busy with life. But we also see social isolation happening among people from other age groups. Their situation is often self-imposed and prefered over a vibrant social-life. While social interaction is healthy, it comes with a…

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The Justification of the State

The Justification of the State

THE JUSTIFICATION OF THE STATE. IF THAT’S– YEAH, I THINK THE QUESTION IS MISCONCEIVED. AND I THINK IT’S LIKE ASKING QUESTIONS LIKE, WELL, WHAT IS THE JUSTIFICATION OF DIGESTION? OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. I THINK WE’VE GOT TO RECOGNIZE WE ARE BIOLOGICAL BEASTS AND WE’RE SOCIAL BEASTS. NOW, AS SOCIAL BEASTS, WE’RE ALSO LINGUISTIC BEASTS BECAUSE WE’VE GOT LANGUAGE. AND THEN WE CAN CONSTRUCT A SOCIAL REALITY OF ORGANIZATIONS USING LANGUAGE AND OUR CAPACITY FOR INTERACTION. NOW, BASICALLY IN THIS…

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