Philosophical Blog – About me

and about humanfactor

We, humans, are cultural animals. Animals – based on our biological nature. Cultural – based on our symbolic nature. We contain this dual-self complexity. Each of the two “selves” has its needs. This blog is dedicated to the needs of our symbolic “selves” – that which philosophers have called the human condition.

My name is Natalija Cera and I have started this blog in August 2019 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 expect to cover on humanfactor?

  • Broad-ranged questions 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 (mostly in the Western tradition)
  • From time to time some short stories that I might write in the moments of creative energy surge (let’s see how this goes)

Ever since childhood, I have always loved history and philosophy. Perhaps strangely enough, I have never studied them. My academic, as well as professional path, 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 university years 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 diminishing motivation. The neglect of my own deeper values and interests had started to make itself felt. After a couple of years of searching for a 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 values 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 authentic values and interests (the needs of my symbolic “self”), and also to connect to others in order to mutually share, inspire and broaden our horizons.

It would be an honour for me if you decide to follow my blog, subscribe to it or simply drop me a line at humanfactorblog@gmail.com

Stay tuned and keep exploring!