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Nov 11, 2020
96 Stashed Ideas
A mentor is a wise older person every hero regularly sees in good stories, such as Gandalf from the Lord of the Rings, Yoda from Star Trek, or Alfred from Batman.
The mentor represents a bond between parent and child, teacher and student, god and man. The mentor is there to help the hero to face the unknown future and to accept adventure.
Today's world has comfortably dispensed with most myth and superstition for the last few hundred years.
That's the Enlightenment legacy: we have approached a very rational approach to life. This has brought us many great things, but it has also left us with a sort of meaning gap.
Humans are fascinated by bad news. The appeal of ‘wrong’ is a striking psychological phenomenon that baffles many researchers.
Just like we cannot look away from a car accident happening in front of our eyes, doomscrolling or endlessly scrolling through news feeds and social media content can feel soothing.
Negativity Bias, a trait long recognized by psychologists, states that we are more attentive to negative experiences, stories and emotions. This quality is a kind of survival mechanism that has now evolved into our taste in current events.
Bad news has an attention-grabbing quality that makes most news outlets focus on disasters, crimes and other negative stories while leaving aside the feelgood stuff that often feels irrelevant to the viewer or reader.
The literary world is filled with self-help books written by people from all walks of life, promising greatness, success, riches and manifestation to people who have happily lapped them up.
The repetitive and patronising words in the books are ridiculed by the cultural elite, who think that one can navigate life with ease using intuition and original intellect.
Our mind is full of kind of greed to consume life to the maximum. This is not your garden variety ‘i want more money’ greed, but a force inside us to live life to the fullest.