Welcome back to The Amateur Society for another set of aphorisms from The Bed of Procrustes by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Our goal in this series is to demonstrate that philosophy is neither boring nor unapproachable. Everyone must engage with our own thoughts and dig deeper to discover things about ourselves, our relationships, and the world around us. Join us as Steven goes through important topics in practical philosophy and demonstrates how any amateur can begin to access more challenging materials. Thanks again for joining us on The Amateur Society!
The Bed Of Procrustes: https://www.amazon.com/Bed-Procrustes-Philosophical-Practical-Aphorisms/dp/0812982401
Taleb’s Incerto: https://www.amazon.com/Incerto-Deluxe-Randomness-Procrustes-Antifragile/dp/198481981X
One of the virtues humans generally recognize is altruism. To give of oneself for the sake of others requires the concordant characteristics of love, empathy, and selflessness. In today’s world we are confronted with a cocktail of different definitions for these terms to the point that the meaning of the words itself can become thoroughly obscured. Love is a completely different notion depending on the operating worldview. Despite all this, there is still a persistent component of human nature that associates meaning with problem solving.
There are many serious problems in the world. The question is how we can save it – if we even can. All of us must now take proper care of our micro spheres of influence. Then and only then will we be able to have an impact on the macro issues of our time that will impact future generations. Stay tuned for a critical discussion of the solution-oriented mindset that we all must adopt if we are going to make the kind of difference that will lend meaning to our own identity as well as enable our progeny to lead the abundant lives we desire for them.
Listen to “How To Save The World – Weekly Open Call – 03.20.2017” on Spreaker.