David Foster Wallace on Learning How To Think

In the commencement speech This is Water, David Foster Wallace speaks about the goal of education. He reminds the audience that this goal should be developing the ability to think, rather than accumulating factual knowledge. The ability to think, according to Wallace, is the awareness that allows you to consciously decide what you think about and howContinue reading “David Foster Wallace on Learning How To Think”

Why fascist politicians are no patriots

“If, at some point, the German people will be lacking in its willingness to make sacrifices and no longer strong enough to give its blood for its existence, it shall perish and be destroyed by a stronger power. I will not shed a single tear for the German people” Adolf Hitler [quote from The MeaningContinue reading “Why fascist politicians are no patriots”

Opinions

In Aggi-Vacchagotta Sutta, the Buddha teaches the meaninglessness of holding on to opinions. This is the key part of the story: I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying in Savatthi, at Jeta’s Grove, Anathapindika’s monastery. Then the wanderer Vacchagotta went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, exchanged courteous greetings with him. After anContinue reading “Opinions”

On Narcissism

Donald Trump has sparked interest in the phenomenon of narcissism. The characteristics of narcissism are: grandiosity sense of entitlement lack of integrity lack of empathy manipulation (lying, blackmail, gaslighting) superficial charm impoverished internal world, emptiness Narcissists suffer from an inability to regulate their self-esteem, which leaves them caught between grandiosity and feelings of shameful inadequacy,Continue reading “On Narcissism”

Morgan Scott Peck and the Path of Spiritual Growth

Morgan Scott Peck’s book “The Road Less Traveled” is a popular self-help book. The book is Peck’s attempt to condense the main insights he gained from his work as a psychiatrist into written form. What makes it compelling is that he conveys psychological insight in a language that is accessible to readers who are notContinue reading “Morgan Scott Peck and the Path of Spiritual Growth”