Lifelong education and the library at Alexandria
Learning never ends and my son is just figuring it out.
My son is 8 going on 9. He’s an avid reader. He loves the library and he loves to build buildings and he’s also into ancient history. So, it was natural that he would learn about the library at Alexandria and become a bit upset that someone burned it down a long long time ago!
And yes, I do think it is a sign of geekdom to still be upset about that. The burning of the library at Alexandria represented a loss of knowledge on a massive scale. And to those of us who love to learn, that’s tragic. Everything that was lost is something we no longer have the ability to learn.
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Why Worry About the Future
How to cope with anxiety when it won’t do you any good.
We all worry about the future. For instance, right now I am waiting on some contracts that could change my life. It’s a bit nerve wracking. Or it should be. Mostly – I just keep plodding along hoping for the best not really spending much time thinking about it.
How do I manage to stay so calm? Well, practice. Meditation helps, certainly. But I also understand that the best way to ensure a good future is for me to actively work towards it.
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Hate how you feel about others?
You aren’t alone. How reminding yourself that others are human too can help you overcome your hatred/disgust/annoyance regarding others.
I like to joke that I’m a Humanist, which means I like people in the abstract, real people tend to annoy me. But I’ve found that the more I’ve actively tried to practice humanism in my everyday life – like when I’m at the supermarket or in a crowd of people, the less annoyed or frustrated I am with people.
It is very easy to assume you know what motivates another person. But until you talk to them, you don’t really know. And even then, you still don’t.
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Finding Your Purpose
We all need goals – the problem is – what goals will help us to feel fulfilled?
Finding meaning and purpose in your life is one of the great problems of existence. Without a purpose we feel lost. Sure, we get up and eat and continue to breathe, but we don’t feel fulfilled and we don’t have a sense of purpose. Without a purpose or a goal to pursue, we suffer from ennui.
But it doesn’t have to be that way, all you need is a purpose. But not any old purpose. Because people’s whose purpose is just to get rich or get married or have kids, they tend to suffer from mid-life crisis at some point. Basically, once they’ve accomplish their goals – they are left without goals and have to deal with their brain repeating “now what” in an endless loop.
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