Making seemingly random connections across disciplines...
"But if it’s uncertain that our ideals are attainable, why do we bother reaching in the first place? Because if you don’t reach for them, it is certain you will never feel that your life has meaning.
And perhaps because, as unfamiliar and strange as it sounds, in the deepest part of our psyche, we all want to be judged."
The Gains of Drudgery
A nice little piece from the Art of Manliness:
"Suppose a man gives up his youth to the struggle for some coveted degree, some honour or award of the scholarly life. It is very possible that when he obtains that for which he has struggled, he may find that the joy of possession is not so great as the joy of the strife. It is part of the discipline of life that we should be educated by disillusion; we press onward to some shining summit, only to find that it is but a bastion thrown out by a greater mountain, which we did not see, and that the real summit lies far beyond us still...
Thus though such a man may not gain the prize he sought, he has gained a command over his chance desires, a discipline of thought, a power of patient application, a steadiness of will and purpose, which will stand him in good stead throughout whatever toils his life may know in the hidden years which lie before it...
So true is this, that Lessing, who was among the wisest of thinkers, said, that if he had to choose between the attainment of truth and the search for truth, he would prefer the latter. The true gain is always in the struggle, not the prize."
The Currency of Likes
Funny thought came to mind. In general, it is human nature to hold likes with high currency. This is hard to deny given the state of society we live in. However, when giving them out ourselves, they seem to hold low currency and value. We are very liberal and generous. What message are we sending? Maybe we should hold them a little closer?
"Man will only become better when you can make him see what he is like."
Emotion, Professionalism and Boundaries
In many professions, strict - or should I say thick - boundaries are strongly recommended if not required. Doctor - Patient, Teacher - Student, Employer - Employee to name a few. These are important, without question, though often with transactional relationships as a side effect. Joe Ehrmann in "Inside Out Coaching" speaks of the importance of transformational over transactional relationships, yet discourses lacking emotion promote the latter rather than the former. Here's a piece from David Brooks on putting relationship quality at the center of education.
Curiosity in Schools...Or a Lack Thereof
More on schools...
"Schools are missing what really matters about learning: The desire to learn in the first place." - Susan Engel
The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene and 12 Rules for Life: An antidote to chaos by Jordan B. Peterson
These two are my most recent reads. Here are some of the most vivid excerpts that stood out to me.
The Laws of Human Nature
12 Rules for Life