When Your Public Image Becomes You

German philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer on the formative influence of our public image - we are expected to become what we present ourselves to be.

Spreading the Word: Druids in Irish History

Greetings to all fellow history enthusiasts! Today I would like to share with you another fascinating podcast episode from the authors of The Histocrat YouTube channel. This time, listeners (and viewers) are invited to explore the mythical world of Druids in Irish history. Accompanied by videos of beautiful lush green landscapes and forests, historical images, …

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Ikigai Diagram and Your Life Purpose

The ikigai Venn diagram unintentionally became a global phenomenon after its creator Marc Winn combined several other people’s ideas he had heard into the visual and used it in his 2014 blog post. His primary focus was not the Japanese culture’s understanding and experience of ikigai but rather the Western thought of finding your life …

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Spreading the Word: Myths of Vampires

What were the stories about vampires before Dracula? In a podcast episode dedicated to myths and folklore about vampires, the authors of The Histocrat YouTube channel dive into the origins of the classical modern horror creature - the vampire. Enjoy! Keeping up the "Spreading the Word" tradition, I hope to share an insightful and thought-provoking …

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Hell Is Other People: What Did Sartre Mean?

French existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre famously said, "Hell is other people". This quote appears towards the end of Sartre's play Huis Clos (No Exit), first published in 1944. A disenchanted and desperate verdict; it comes from one of the three characters trapped together in one room. Without giving too much away, let me say that the play's …

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Spreading the Word: Which Is the Real You?

How do you combine two very different identities in one person without causing too much inner tension? Is it possible? Today's story is about one young Orthodox Jew who discovered the world of stand-up comedy and got his social anxiety under control. He shares his thoughts and feelings in this short film (the accompanying description …

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Revisiting Existentialism in Disney

This is an article I wrote precisely one year ago. It explores existentialist themes I discovered in Disney's Lion King story of Timon and Pumba. Today, while researching 13th-century theologian and philosopher Thomas Aquinas's thoughts on individuality and subjectivity, I felt it can be useful to revisit this post. I hope it inspires you to …

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Spreading the Word: Different Worlds We Experience

When we experience the world and interpret its meaning, it is not so much "I'll believe it when I see it", it is rather "I will see it if I believe it". And - in the way that I believe it to be. Curious? Then you might be interested in this short BBC Ideas video: …

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Story of One Saint’s Garden

The small town of Attard in Malta has a beautiful garden filled with exotic trees, old pathways, and romantic fountains. Home to proud peacocks, a few chickens, lots of pigeons, several turtles, some cats, and two swans - one black, one white - the garden belongs to a palace of the same name. The name …

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Spreading the Word: Importance of Meaning-Making

Why is it much more important to understand than to know? Why are all the 'why' questions significant, and how an understanding of reasons shapes our actions? I found these two articles that I would like to share with you today: on understanding and on 'why'. In each article, the authors offer their take on …

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