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So, last week. I wrote two articles. Both pieces are within a medium range in terms of length. And both I consider very important.
The twist is that they kind of contradict each other.
In the first one, I sum up most of what is askew with our modern society. More particularly, the mindset that prevents us from ever having a disposal portion of cash and pushes us towards continuous lurking from store to store. I define this under the umbrella term materialism.
I'm almost certain that online creators will find the piece appealing. But my hope is that others will also find it interesting.
I think that a lot of people are strangely unaware of how depressing it is for someone creating content to don't receive support. That's why I wanted to bring more attention to the topic.
1) Book summaries:
[NEW] Retrain Your Brain Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks by Seth J. Gillihan: Your mind continues to be plagued by constant worry regardless of what you do? What Seth J. Gillihan offers in this book is a 7 weeks program absent from academic jargon that will help you become your own psychotherapist.
Interesting books I recently added to my reading list (and hopefully will read at some point):
Embracing Uncertainty by Susan Jeffers: The unknown future doesn't have to prevent you from living a rich and abundant life. This is a book aiming to help you battle uncertainty.
Existentialism is a Humanism by Jean-Paul Sartre: This book encapsulates a lecture given by Jean-Paul Sartre on October 29, 1945, at the Club Maintenant in Paris. The published text of his lecture became one of the bibles of existentialism and made Sartre an international celebrity.
(Note: The links above intentionally don't lead to the default site (Amazon). Hopefully, if you decide to purchase a book from the ones I'm including, you'll choose a local library to support small businesses.)
3) Great thinkers:
Born 19 November 1925, Zygmunt Bauman was a Polish sociologist and philosopher. Considered one of the most influential intellectuals in Europe. He is known for works that examine broad changes in the nature of contemporary society and their effects on communities and individuals.
Big Idea: Liquid Modernity
Bauman defines our current era as liquid modernity and we as individuals living in a liquid society.
The word liquid aims to portray our impermanence and the state of constant looking to shift from one social position to another in a fluid manner.
The "liquid modern" person is a nomad who flows through his own life like a tourist: changing places, jobs, spouses, values, and sometimes more - such as political or sexual orientation. The person temporarily adopts certain traditions. But they are never central for him. He can quickly shift from valuing this to valuing that without feeling any remorse.
The other characteristic of the liquid modernity is consumerism. The act of consumption relieves us from anxiety and helps us get closer to the currently trendy "role". However, since consumption soon loses its rewarding peculiarity. Plus since the "role" that was previously fashionable is now different. This leads to a vicious spiral characterized by rampant consumerism.
All of this, results in a normative mindset with an emphasis on shifting rather than on staying.
There is nothing solid. There is nothing permanent. There is no commitment.
4) Worth checking:
From my desk:
Why Support Small Businesses and Solo Creators?: "Why support small businesses owners in a world where big corporations seemingly offer everything at a better price? I’ll start addressing the question with another question: Why you should pay me?"
How To Do Less: The primary audience for this piece might look like it's only software engineers but I think that everybody can benefit from reading it.
5) Worth knowing:
Experiential Learning Theory
Want to learn better and learn faster?
Try experiential learning theory (ELT).
The core idea of ELT is learning by doing.
David A. Kolb, the person who developed the concept, emphasizes that the best way to learn things is by actually having experiences.
This, he states, involves a learning cycle composed of four stages:
Concrete experience: You write instead of only thinking about writing or reading about writing.
Reflection on that experience: Take a step back to reflect on the experience.
Abstract conceptualization: Here you form new ideas, or modify existing abstract ideas in your head, based on the reflections done from the above stage.
Active experimentation: Consider how you'll put what you've learned into practice and actually apply the new ideas.
After the 4th step. You don't stop. The second experience becomes the concrete experience for the beginning of the next cycle.
6) Worth thinking about:
"Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.
It is up to you to give [life] a meaning."
― Jean-Paul Sartre
I've been considering something about my newsletter for a while now and I'm not completely sure how to proceed.
Namely, whether or not to add a sponsor section where individuals and brands can showcase a project or a product.
Yes, it will help me pay the bills. And yes, I will sift through applications - I won't accept anyone with money expressing interest to end up in my newsletter. What worries me is that it might ruin the experience.
For this reason, I've prepared a simple form where you - the people reading this - can vote.