“He was confused. He had never asked her to trust him or said anything to make her believe he was worth her trust. And she knew his past – so what did she expect? She had trusted him – to do what, exactly?”
Do you know what it means to trust someone? What about trusting yourself? Answer quickly, before philosophy gets in the way. You think you know, until you realize that you do not know at all what it means to trust and be trusted.
Click to visit this week’s post to learn about trust.
Plus, journal questions to help you understand how and why you trust!
Because of rising housing costs and scarcity, renters are forced to make decisions based on criteria such as square footage and utility instead of artistic design and psychological effects. Buyers are apt to make decisions based on price speculation – a property that increases in value is the smart buy. However, despite not being at the forefront of importance, the architecture of the buildings we inhabit matters to us for its subtle effects on daily life.
Find out about how architecture transcends physical reality (!) and journal questions to reflect on your own home.
Maybe it’s because I’m in my thirties, but I’ve begun to notice that our society equates ‘life’ with ‘youth’. By that I mean that concepts relating to “life” immediately stir up images of youthfulness. Close your eyes and visualize ‘life’ and ‘living’ – you might see what I mean. “Life” is misidentified with the decade or so of youth that is sandwiched between two other periods called “childhood” and “aging/decline”.
Read this week’s topic to reflect on your own attitude towards aging.
Have you been following the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong? Democracy is once again a hot topic in the news. What is meant by the word ‘demoracy’? Generally, when people refer to democracy they mean that the government represents the “will of the people”. There are many ways that a government can be democratic and represent the will of the people, but no type of democracy is more famous than American-style democracy. For this week’s topic, we look at Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysberg Address – memorized by American schoolchildren every year – to understand the foundation of American-style democracy.
Read more to find out and to consider some challenging questions for democracy!
Loneliness is a popular topic in the news these days. News articles tell us that loneliness is the new epidemic, that research is being directed into pharmaceuticals and AI to combat loneliness, and that governments are installing public infrastructure directed at facilitating interactions between strangers. How is it that we can be so lonely despite living in densely populated cities? What does it mean to be lonely?
Read more to find out!
If you passed elementary school, you’re surely literate. But maybe you still don’t know much about reading. Knowing what and why you’re reading is beneficial because it allows you to better apply reading techniques according to they type of reading you’re doing. There are three kinds of reading: reading for pleasure, reading for information, and reading for enlightenment.
Try this week’s questions to evaluate your reading style!
We’re all aiming for it, right? Perfection, that is. It’s a sneaky concept that smuggles the unfathomable into everyday conversation and personal goal setting. But what is perfection, really? Is it a real thing? Is it a substantial, useful concept?
Get your concepts straightened out in Week 30 of Know Thyself 2019 Journal Project!
Humans are differentiated from other animals by our extensive use of tools. Yes, other animals use tools, but the use is relatively rare, and the tools are basic. What counts as a tool for an otter might just be the use of a rock to smash shellfish from their shells. A rock and a jackhammer are hardly comparable, though. Comparing basic animal tools to complex human tools is like comparing communicative animal cries to human language. Viewing the comparison that way, it’s clear that human tools are in a special category.
Human tools also have symbolic meaning. What is a dream catcher, a magic wand, or a ghost trap?
Keep reading to find out what makes human tool use special and what your attachment to tools says about you!
You love the arts and want your government to spend more on grants and public art, right? Well, even if you don’t, there are many good reasons for devoting effort and resources to the arts, such as cultural development, social activism and community engagement, and childhood education. The artists themselves insist that art is good for us as human beings.
But there are plenty of reasons to reject funding the arts, too. Top of the list: it costs a lot of money, it “does nothing”, and we can’t even agree on what counts as art. The alternative is to spend money on things that give us utility – we can all agree on what’s useful to society. In contrast, words probably never said about art: “That’s really useful.”
Let’s explore the Top 5 reasons to reject art as a concept and as a recipient of funding!
Who’s making up the ethical rules when it comes to AI and tech? Labs in America and China are racing to make AI ready for consumers, for economic growth, and for warfare. It’s clear that 21st century warfare will be fought with smart drones instead of humans. In the economy, AI robots are being sent on suicide missions to do jobs that humans do not want to do. How does it feel to know that your next intelligent, self-driving car is programmed to either kill you or a pedestrian when it encounters an imminent collision situation?
This is the mere tip of iceberg of ethical issues – issues that human beings have never had to think about before now.
Visit the post to get informed about the future. As usual, the daily journal prompts are here to help you mine your mind.