Is Ignorance Bliss: Black Mirror s1 e3 | Self Improvement

Where ignorance is bliss, ‘tis folly to be wise.” -Thomas Gray, 1742 In this discussion, we will explore the implications of this statement, and the nature of the pursuit of truth and illumination of lies in our world. Are some things not worth knowing? Is the relentless pursuit of truth equivalent to Pandora’s box, bringingContinue reading “Is Ignorance Bliss: Black Mirror s1 e3 | Self Improvement”

Nietzsche’s Three Metamorphoses of the Spirit | Self Improvement

“Three metamorphoses of the spirit do I designate to you: how the spirit becometh the camel, a lion, and the lion at last a child.” – Nietzsche This is a passage from Nietzsches (in my opinion, best) book, thus spoke Zarathustra. The story covers the theme of humanity and it’s chasm between the past andContinue reading “Nietzsche’s Three Metamorphoses of the Spirit | Self Improvement”

Tribulations & The Alchemist Self Improvement

The alchemist & tribulations “I judge you unfortunate if you have never experienced misfortune. No one knows what you are capable of, not even you.” – Seneca The alchemist is a (brilliant) novel about a young boy in search of the fulfillment of his recurring dream: abundant treasure in a distant land. We follow theContinue reading “Tribulations & The Alchemist Self Improvement”

Conscience & Tell Tale Heart | Self Improvement

“Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘Tell tale heart’ & listening to your conscience “ Our conscience can be defined as “an inner feeling or voice that acts as a guide to encourage or inhibit action via illuminating the moral consequences of our behavior.” This phenomenon is sometimes conscious, other times not. Therefore; we don’t know if theContinue reading “Conscience & Tell Tale Heart | Self Improvement”

Logic vs Emotion & Aesop’s Frogs & the Well | Self Improvement

Aesops ‘frogs and the well’ & logic vs emotion “Two frogs lived together in a marsh. But one hot summer the marsh dried up, and they left it to look for another place to live in, for frogs like damp places if they can get them. By and by they came to a deep well,Continue reading “Logic vs Emotion & Aesop’s Frogs & the Well | Self Improvement”

Certainty & Othello | Self Improvement

Othello is a play that follows the story of a general in the service of Venice, and his perceived close friend Iago, who manipulates the characters and actions of the play to his will and desire, to betray Othello out of spite and revenge. There are many themes in this play, and being Shakespeare, naturallyContinue reading “Certainty & Othello | Self Improvement”

Consistency Over Intensity | Self Improvement

“There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision, and for whom the lighting of every cigar, the drinking of every cup, the time of rising and going to bed every day, and the beginning of every bit of work, are subjects of express volition also deliberation. FullContinue reading “Consistency Over Intensity | Self Improvement”

Curiosity & Fahrenheit 451 | Self Improvement

The story of Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian commentary on a world that discourages and reprimands all reading and intellectual expansion. This discussion will be centered on the attribute of curiosity both in the character of this novel, and our own lives. From this story and discussion, we will learn to apply the principle ofContinue reading “Curiosity & Fahrenheit 451 | Self Improvement”

“The Aleph” on Omniscience & Existentialism @ Self Improvement Fridays

“The Aleph” by Jorge Luis Borges is a short story housing a phenomenon which a sphere (the Aleph), if looked at from particular angles and distances- will provide all potential realities and all experiences, across all time and all space. In short, the entire universe, infinity, encapsulated into one point. “I saw the Aleph fromContinue reading ““The Aleph” on Omniscience & Existentialism @ Self Improvement Fridays”