The internet is an inexhaustible plethora of articles and stuff to read – mostly bad, some good, some excellent, each fighting for our limited time and attention. I curate here weekly, my personal favourite goodreads that I think are worthy of reading.
1. Evolution and the Purposes of Life
Stephen L. Talbott |The New Atlantis
2. The Good Life
James Altena | Salvo Magazine
3. On Interventionistas and their Mental Defects
Nassim Nicholas Taleb | Medium
4. Gratitude is an Emotion and a Skill
Robin Phillips | Unpragmatic Thoughts
An excellent article on how to cultivate the virtue of gratitude. Phillips shows how gratitude involves the integration of the whole person – mind, will and emotions. He draws some insights from scientific literature on the effects of a genuine feeling of gratitude on physical and mental fitness. He argues that gratitude is a skill that one can consciously develop rather than simply being a disposition or feeling one either has or does not. Self -mastery and well-being he argues takes intention and discipline a principle which is counter cultural. Modern culture says being true to yourself is simply following what comes to you naturally – which might not involve a disposition for gratitude.
5. It’s Not About You: Doctor Strange and the Dichotomy of Self
K.B. Hoyle | Christ and Pop culture
“It’s not about you“, Hoyle draws some insights from the spectacular marvel movie of Dr Strange. He unpacks how the movie plays out the theme of self-sacrifice versus self-actualization. A tension Dr. Strange must confront daily as he grapples with trying to regain his old life as a successful Doctor and living in this newly discovered mystical world; a world greater and larger than him and precisely because of that demands great self-sacrifice. Hoyle connects the tension with what Jesus taught his disciples that to follow him was to “lose one’s life“.