What Does It Mean to Be Educated (According to Epictetus)

What does it mean to be educated? To have acquired specific knowledge and skills? To have a basic understanding of math, the sciences, and art? To have good social skills and be good with other people? To act respectufully toward the environment and animals? To have good table manners? To keep quiet when your mother … Continue reading What Does It Mean to Be Educated (According to Epictetus)

Why It’s Good to Read Books You Don’t Necessarily Like

We tend to stick to reading books we enjoy—whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, a specific genre, or a particular author. No surprise since our mind likes patterns, predictable outcomes, familiar experiences over unfamiliar ones. But isn't it bad to read mostly the same things? The ideas we pick up from our reading consolidate our biases … Continue reading Why It’s Good to Read Books You Don’t Necessarily Like

Do Self Help Books Really Help?

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Or do they only keep us in a comfortable bubble and create the illusion of betterment and knowledge? The smoker trying to quit smoking. The introvert trying to become more outgoing. The young woman or man having doubts about her or his sexuality. The diffident person trying to make their way into the world... They … Continue reading Do Self Help Books Really Help?