Thoughts and Pictures from a Sleepless Night

Sometimes, falling asleep just doesn't work. Your mind refuses to let go. So I thought - what about offering some pictures to it instead of force-feeding it with sleep. It's anyway too late, you will anyway feel half-dead in the morning. Funny enough - forcing yourself to sleep is just as useless as forcing yourself …

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Understanding is an Interaction

Whenever we are trying to understand the world, we are, by extension, trying to understand ourselves. Whether we are aware of it or not. Indeed - whether we want it or not. We bring ourselves along to every encounter with the world, and we experience each such encounter through ourselves. We don't really have any …

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One Way to Rule Them All?

What is your preferred way of looking at the world? Of assessing it? Of discriminating between various options and choosing your course of action? Not easy questions, no easy answers. Unless there is one Way to rule them all. But is there? Photo by Alex Kalinin on Unsplash Having read a discussion between two philosophers …

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Wisdom in Botanical Garden

Last weekend I had a chance to go on a short trip to the beautiful city of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. For those of you who have never been there and who love relaxed atmosphere, good coffee, wine, food, beautiful nature, calm and welcoming people - then definitely visit Slovenia. Of course, whenever the …

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Why do We Like Happy Endings?

Many people like stories with happy endings. I am among them. We prefer such stories. We are ready to accept almost any hardship that the characters of a narrative face while the story unfolds, as long as it ends well. As the famous John Lennon`s quote goes: "Everything will be okay in the end. If …

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The Quest for the Unknown in the Familiar: Insights

Having now returned from my vacation and my exploration quest, I would like to offer some insights - to you and myself. This year vacation was a little unusual. I went back home and tried looking at it with fresh eyes, instead of going to some new and yet unfamiliar place. It was a conscious, …

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What Can Books Teach us About Change?

While still on my journey through hometown, exploring the unknown in the familiar, I wanted to share with you this quote. I saw it at the same exhibition I mentioned previously. It seems to me that it captures the idea of change wonderfully. We all know that change is inevitable in life and yet we …

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What Does It Mean to Be a Hero?

One day many, many years ago I was working on an assignment for my literature class at school. We had read the story of the national mythological hero and had to write an essay on it. I can no longer remember the exact title of the essay, but it had to do with heroism and …

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People Change and Stay the Same

The title of this article is contradictory on purpose. Do you think that people can change or do you think that they stay fundamentally the same? This question is far less contradictory, isn't it? That is just because it has 'or' in the middle, not 'and'. Indeed, could there be an 'and' in the middle, or, in …

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Poetry as Philosophy for the Soul

What to do when you want to express yourself but your own words fail you? When that happens to me, I turn to poets. It is their gift to 'dress' in the right words all our confused thoughts and feelings, especially when the latter cannot seem to figure out which 'clothes to wear'. Poets are …

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