For almost two years now, Americans have been confronted daily by ominous tidings. We are living through stressful times. Reading the news feels awful; ignoring it doesn’t feel right either.
The best of the philosophical internet featuring advice on how to reason with a flat earther; a self-help revolution (forget your transformative crap and just accept yourself as you are); and ruminations on an afterlife of torment.
‘We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom.’ Those were the words of the American biologist E O Wilson at the turn of the century.
The best of the philosophical internet featuring the Gospel according to You… Saint Narcissist; Francis Fukuyama’s ‘end of history’ idea (sorry man, it’s back and pissed off); and a glittery Socrates-esque seductress on YouTube.
From Franklin D. Roosevelt’s fireside chats to Ronald Reagan’s reputation as the “great communicator” to Barack Obama’s soaring oratory to Donald Trump’s Twitter use, styles of presidential communication have varied over time.
In the 1990s, a psychologist named Martin Seligman led the positive psychology movement, which placed the study of human happiness squarely at the center of psychology research and theory. It continued a trend that began in the 1960s with humanistic and existential psychology, which emphasized the importance of reaching one’s innate potential and creating meaning in one’s life, respectively.