There’s a line in the Tao Tse Ching that’s extremely humbling: “True wisdom seems foolish.” It’s such an important reminder that no matter how much we think we know, no matter how much we’ve progressed or advanced, we can still be blinded by our own biases.
Recent research shows that agreeableness plays a huge role in successful lives and careers. According to psychologists Michael Wilmot and Deniz Ones, being agreeable has a positive effect on hundreds of physical, psychological, and occupational metrics that impact not only job performance but general life success.
With all of the far-out conspiracy theories surrounding vaccines, elections, flat-earthers, I’ve been reminded of a poignant quote from Terry Pratchett’s wonderful book, The Light Fantastic.
During grad school I wrote a paper on the institution of slavery in medieval Persia. I was curious as to the mindset of philosophers and politicians who were a part of such an inhuman and tragic system.
When you look up at the sky and wonder at the beauty of it all, it’s tempting to think, “Well maybe that’s just me. Maybe it’s just my subjective experience that the world seems so beautiful.”
The Marvel Multiverse is a complex collection of alternate universes, branching off as the different outcomes of events into multiple different realities. DC Comics has its own version of the multiverse and there are tons of television shows, movies, and books that explore the consequences of reality being made up of multiple branching universes. What’s insane is that a lot of scientists and physicists actually believe some sort of real-life Multiverse exists.
The King and the Slave Girl” is a rather strange story to begin the Masnavi with. Why would a book that scholars have called “humankind’s most important mystical epic” begin with a bizarre tale that ends with an unjust murder for the affections of a girl?
Most traditional interpretations of “The Song of the Reed” see it as a statement about man’s existential position in the universe so that, similar to a reed cut from the river bed, humans are shown to be separated from the Divine Beloved and it is this separation that causes us humans to cry out in lamentation.