Danger of Ideas

Humans are different. Unlike any other animal, they are ready to die for their beliefs. Monotheists an rationalists regard this as a mark of our superiority. It shows we live for the sake of ideas, not just instinctual satisfaction. But if humans are unique in dying for ideas, they are also alone in killing for …

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Cats and the Meaning of Life

"Cats do not plan their lives; they live them as they come. Humans cannot help making their lives into a story. But since they cannot know how their life will end, life disrupts the story they try to tell of it. So they end up living as cats do, by chance."John Gray "Feline Philosophy: Cats …

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Spreading the Word: Inspirational Norse Wisdom

Enjoy this selection of inspirational Norse wisdom quotes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPe3JysjYZk Keeping up the "Spreading the Word" tradition, every weekend, I hope to share with you an article I've read or a video I've seen and considered to be inspiring and insightful. I feel it is important to take good care both of our physical and mental …

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“All Are Ennobled by Truth” Quote by al-Kindi

The first Arabic philosopher, 9th century thinker al-Kindī, said that truth and wisdom are valuable regardless of where they come from. What did he mean?

Thank You: Quotes From 2021’s Top 5 Posts

With 2021 drawing to an end, I have looked back at what you have found most engaging on humanfactor.blog - the top 5 most-read posts this year. Before I unveil the winners, I would like to sincerely thank you all for your time and interest in my work. It is the most precious gift any …

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Small Things (Still) Matter

"Never underestimate the big importance of the small things." This is a post I published exactly one year ago. Funny enough, I am now reading another book by the same author whose quote you see here. Last week, I shared yet another one of his quotes. Must be something about this time around the end …

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Quote for the Day

It is all right for the mayflies. It is all right if you know you only have another thirty or fourty years. You can afford to think small. You can find it easy to imagine that you are a fixed thing, inside a fixed nation, with a fixed flag, and a fixed outlook. You can …

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