What Should We Do Right Now?

First Things First

Take your time, don’t rush. Some problems are harder than others. Deal with the ones right in front of you first. Come back to the others later.

Right Things, Right Now

The process is about doing the right things, right now — not worrying about what might happen later, or the results, or the whole picture.

The Obstacle is the Way
Ryan Holiday

Living In The Present Moment

The Present Moment

The present moment is the only dimension of existence worth inhabiting, because it’s the only one available to us — the past is no longer and the future has yet to come. Yet we live virtually all of our lives somewhere between memories and aspirations, nostalgia and expectation. Greek philosophers looked upon the past and future as the source of all anxieties which tarnish the present.

A Life Worth Living

We imagine we would be much happier with things like new shoes, a faster computer, a bigger house, more exotic holidays, different friends. However, by regretting the past and guessing the future, we end up missing the only life worth living — the one which proceeds from the here and now and deserves to be savored.

A Brief History of Thought
Luc Ferry

What Makes Life On Earth Precious?

Our Place in the Universe

Modern astronomy has given us a perspective on our place in the universe. Life is a fragile development in an air pocket on the surface of Earth, a small planet revolving around a minor star in a galaxy of trillions of stars in a world of billions of galaxies.

Competing Agendas

Our fate is intertwined with our planetary air pocket and the life that shares it. Within the “small space” many competing agendas bump up against each other — species against species, group against group, individual against individual.

Importance of Life

If humans are important, it is because we are important to ourselves. And, if life is important, it is because life is important to us.

Staying Sane in a Crazy World
Sherwin Wine

What Was The Challenge Of The Enlightenment?

The Enlightenment was the prelude to modern times, and boldly challenged religious establishments. Beginning in the 17th century, the Enlightenment philosophers abandoned piety and proclaimed the supremacy of Reason.

Descartes and Spinoza, Hobbes and Leibniz changed the rules of intellectual discourse. The dialogue was now secular. Appeals to the Bible and to Church doctrine gave way to Truth, which stood on the pillars of intuition and evidence.

Staying Sane in a Crazy World
Sherwin Wine

What Does Open-Minded Mean?

Being Open-Minded

To be open-minded means to be constantly sensitive and always on the lookout for ways to reevaluate our values and ideas whenever we run into new facts or viewpoints.

The trait of “openness” can be thought of as being a close cousin of curiosity.

To Light the Flame of Reason
Christer Sturmark