About humanfactor and me
We humans are cultural animals. Animals – based on our biological nature. Cultural – based on our symbolic nature. We all carry this dualism in ourselves. Each of the two “selves ” has its needs. This blog is dedicated to the needs of our symbolic “selves ” – that which distinguishes us as humans.
My name is Natalija Cera and I have started this blog to explore the topics I love, capture my reflections on them, and exchange with others who would like to connect based on the shared interests.
What kind of topics do I hope to cover on humanfactor?
- Broad-ranged topics related to the human need for meaning and purpose (main need of our symbolic “self”, in my opinion)
- My reflections on relevant books, articles, movies
- Insights into historical events, personalities, traditions that influence human culture and our way of thinking (in the West)
- From time to time some short stories that I might write in the moments of creative energy surge (let’s see if I get there)
Ever since childhood, I have always loved history and philosophy. Perhaps strangely enough, I have neve studied them. My academic as well as professional path so far has been in the areas of business, finance and law. As a teenager I treated my interests seriously enough and was frequently reading books and watching documentary movies on historical, cultural and philosophical topics. I remember even trying to learn to read and understand ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. During the studies and with the beginning of my working life, however, I started to neglect these interests more and more, although my passion for them did not disappear. So it was that for many years my focus was mainly on my career growth in international corporations. Then, after more than a decade of dedication to the material world of finance and law, I noticed a growing feeling of incomprehensible emptiness and reducing motivation. My neglect of my own deeper passions and interests had started to make itself felt. After a couple of years of searching for solution, during which I read a lot of self-help style books and even did a coaching course, I finally decided to go “back to basics”. To my deeper passions and interests.
This is how humanfactor blog was born. It is my attempt to manifest in real life the act of “going back to basics”. Using it as a platform for exploration and expression I hope to both acknowledge my deeper passions and interests (the needs of my symbolic “self”), and also to connect to others in order to mutually share, inspire and broaden our horizons.
I would be honoured, if you decide to follow my blog, to subscribe to it or to simply drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay tuned and keep exploring!