Short stories from On Being, Brain Pickings and others.
What borders are really about, and what we do with them; we are a quilt; why justice isn’t enough
You can read the story yourself here. https://archive.org/download/SoundRecord20180717135541/SoundRecord-2018-07-17-13-55-41.wav
Bertrand Russell on what makes a fulfilling life, an illustrated celebration of the many meanings and manifestations of love, an immigrant’s tale
“Make your interests gradually wider and more impersonal, until bit by bit the walls of the ego recede, and your life becomes increasingly merged in the universal life.”
Erich Fromm on Spontaneity as the Wellspring of Individuality, Creativity, and Love
“Spontaneous activity is the one way in which man can overcome the terror of aloneness… for in the spontaneous realization of the self man unites himself anew with the world — with man, nature, and himself.”
“Love After Life: Nobel-Winning Physicist Richard Feynman’s Extraordinary Letter to His Departed Wife” by Maria Popova
Where the hard edge of physics meets the vulnerable metaphysics of the human heart.
“The Trouble with ‘Finding Yourself’” by Maria Popova
This is a great summary of what it means to find yourself and what role poetry plays inside this find. You can read the article on Brain Pickings. http://shoutengine.com/ShortStories/ShortStories-0024-the-trouble-with-finding-yourself-by-maria-pop-37486.mp3
“The Doom and Glory of Knowing Who You Are” by Maria Popova
An exploration of the role of an artist perceived by James Baldwin. Read the story here. http://shoutengine.com/ShortStories/ShortStories-0023-the-doom-and-glory-of-knowing-who-you-are-by-mar-36942.mp3