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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Sometimes We Need to Shift Focus

It is fascinating how our minds work. They make connections between seemingly unrelated pieces of information and turn them into original, interesting insights. Afterwards, it can be impossible to explain where you got that great idea from! That`s how creativity works and that is where the roots of our deepest knowledge are hidden. So, sometimes …

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Inspiration for the Weekend – revisiting an older article

This is an ad hoc post outside of my usual schedule. Yet, given the current tough circumstances worldwide, I thought an exception to the rule is permissible. We are approaching a weekend that in some places will last longer than usual and is often associated with nice family traditions (Easter bunny, egg hunt, gathering with …

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Socrates in Prison and We in Self-Isolation

Many of us are in self-isolation these days and our freedom of movement (and socialising) is restricted. In most cases, it is because our respective governments decided this way. Although we understand the motivation, the reasoning and the purpose of these imposed measures, still - it is a limitation of some of our basic freedoms …

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Meditation on Humanity in Isolation

At the time of writing, humanity finds itself in the crisis of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. It is the second half of March 2020. Situation worldwide changes by the hour. Most news reports are dedicated to giving updates on the numbers of those who got ill and those who died in various countries. One reads …

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Need for Meaning of our Symbolic Self

"He who has a Why to live for can bear almost any How."Nietzsche image from pixabay When you land on my blog's first page you can read a description about how humanfactor.blog was born and what are my fundamental ideas underlying its content. The very first thing you read there is the following: "We humans …

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