How Many Opportunities Are Enough?

Big cities offer more opportunities than smaller ones. It is such a familiar statement that it feels almost empty. Yet, we tend to repeat the things best known to us. That is how habits form and are reinforced - repetition. Patterns of thought. Everyday motions that are second nature to us are born out of …

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Giants in Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Scotland, is beautiful in October. Have a look here at my previous post with some photos. Today, I share with you a short video of a couple of giants. The sequoia are some of the tallest and oldest trees in the world. The grove in the video is from the Royal Botanic Garden in …

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Catching Autumn in Edinburgh

Visiting Edinburgh, Scotland, these days is a treat for autumn lovers. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then here are some very talkative and colourful visuals I had a chance to capture in the last couple of days. Unfortunately, I cannot convey the gorgeous autumn smell through the digital world, but believe me …

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Art As Increase In Being

Quotes about art as an act of increased being by the German philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer from his magnum opus, Truth and Method.

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.

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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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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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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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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Disrupting and Creating Meaning

We, humans, are remarkably flexible beings. Sometimes, we surprise even ourselves if we pay attention. For example, take Jacques Derrida's idea of deconstruction. As a way of thinking, it takes a settled meaning we accept as true and dismantles it to show how inherently arbitrary any one such interpretation is. In other words, its opposite …

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