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The narrative of the individual has been central in our culture since the start of the Enlightenment. Each person is raised to become autonomous and high-achieving, resulting in achievements in science, technology, and education.


But the individual narrative has also created a world of power and privilege, inequality and trauma—for example, the high divorce rate, political conflict, and instability within the family.

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The Necessity of Moving From a Me to a We Culture

psychologytoday.com

Worry Does No Good
  • Occasional worrying is a natural mental activity, but some worry relentlessly and are emotionally overwhelmed, resulting in anxiety disorders.
  • Some believe that a moderate amount of realistic worry is useful and helps one prepare for upcoming problems.
  • To some degree, worry is beneficial, like during a pandemic, helping one take necessary safety precautions.
  • Chronic worrying has plenty of negative consequences, including manifesting into reality.

Worry is an unhelpful friend and a shoddy fortune-teller | Psyche Ideas

psyche.co

Four schools of ancient Greek philosophy

Ancient Greek philosophy consists of four schools, who each proclaim that they hold the secret to a happy and fulfilled life. These schools are Stoicism, Cynicism, Skepticism, and Epicureanism.

Stoicism forms the foundation of cognitive-behavioural therapy. Scepticism and Cynicism have become diluted. Epicureanism has a modern and easy to follow "Four-Part Remedy" to life.

Epicurus and the atheist's guide to happiness

bigthink.com

Social media is a stream

The information never ends.

To use social media effectively, realise that you can never catch up with all of it. Instead, partake in the conversation, then leave.

12 Rules for Navigating the Internet Intentionally

becomingminimalist.com

The nickname "Oscar" for the Academy Awards

In 2013, the Academy Awards were rebranded as The Oscars.

A popular theory is that the nickname for the statuette was coined by Margaret Herrick when she said that the figure looked like her Uncle Oscar.

Why Are the Academy Awards Statuettes Called <em>Oscars</em>?

mentalfloss.com

Jim Collins

"If you have more than three priorities, you don’t have any."

How to measure and not measure a life

medium.com

Sophrosyne: The Greatest Virtue

Sophrosyne is the epitome of the most desirable traits of one’s mind and character. It is defined by ancient Greeks as the greatest virtue, describing a sound mind, refined character, self-control, temperance and moderation.

Today’s complicated and often chaotic world requires a person to shun the hubris mindset (extreme pride, arrogance and self-confidence) and move towards sophrosyne. This fourth cardinal virtue is the union of self-knowledge and self-restraint.

Sophrosyne: the art of mindful moderation

nesslabs.com

Choosing An Oscar Nominee

The complicated and long-drawn process to shortlist Oscar nominees involves more than 8000 voting members along with the actors, actresses, directors and other professionals in the moviemaking business.

An accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers is assigned the duty to mail out the ballots and tabulate the votes, a process that takes a total of 1700 hours.

How Are Oscar Nominees Chosen? | Mental Floss

mentalfloss.com

Why Traveling Is the Best Education
  1. Learn New Languages. Before visiting a country where English isn't the primary language, learn the basics. Practise by talking with actual native speakers.
  2. Explore Cultural Differences. Different cultures prefer different types of cuisine, manners, and social expectations.
  3. Discover Cultural Similarities. Break down barriers by finding shared interests, habits, and values.
  4. Unearth History. By exploring other parts of the world you'll play the part of an adventurer and discover new artifacts of knowledge.
  5. Gain Independence. The most well-planned traveler will see his or her plans fall awry. Traveling teaches everyone how to improvise.

5 Reasons Why Traveling Is the Best Education

huffpost.com

An episodic memory

If you fall off a bike, you'll probably have a cinematic memory of the experience: the wind in your hair, the pebbles on the road, then the pain.

Researchers have identified cells in the human brain that makes this episodic memory possible. The cells are called time cells that place a sort of time stamp on memories as they are being formed. This allows us to recall sequences of events or experiences in the right order.

Why Some Memories Seem Like Movies: 'Time Cells' Discovered In Human Brains

npr.org

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