The Temptation of St. Anthony (detail), 1946 Oil on Canvas, 89.5 x 119.5 cm (35 1/4 x 47 in.) Brussels, Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique
The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.”
— Henry Miller
“If you inherently long for something, become it first. If you want gardens, become the gardener. If you want love, embody love. If you want mental stimulation, change the conversation. If you want peace, exude calmness. If you want to fill your world with artists, begin to paint. If you want to be valued, respect your own time. If you want to live ecstatically, find the ecstasy within yourself. This is how to draw it in, day by day, inch by inch.”
“emphasis on experiential purchases generated greater interest in saving”
“participants allocated more money to saving when considering an aspirational experience, compared to a material good”
“how can you help a normal adult learn a new language quickly, easily and effectively?
Now this is a really, really important question in today’s world.
We have massive challenges with environment. We have massive challenges with social dislocation, with wars, all sorts of things going on and if we can’t communication we’re really going to have difficulty solving these problems. So we need to be able to speak each other’s languages, this is really really important.
The question is how you do that.
Well it’s actually really easy.
You look around for people who can already do it, you look for situations where it’s already working, and then you identify the principles and apply them.
It’s called modelling and I’ve been looking at language learning and modelling language learning for about fifteen to twenty years now.
And my conclusion, my observation from this is
is that any adult can learn a second language to fluency
inside six months.
Now when I say this, most people think I’m crazy, that this is not possible.
So let me remind everybody of the history of human progress, it’s all about expanding our limits.”
An excerpt entirely by thelastpsychiatrist.
80s and 90s action movies were often maligned not just for their violence, but also for their lack of depth and psychological sophistication. “They’re not important.”
But these movies built a generation of men who are now in their 30s and 40s.
They didn’t learn that killing is cool, which was the worry of people who didn’t watch those movies and didn’t understand. This violence was central to the cinematic experience, but incidental to the story.
The complainers ignored the story because they thought it was basic, trivial. Wrong. Write down the plot synopsis of every action movie, and awareness will come over you:
A marginal guy must save a hot chick from bad guys; when he does, he gets the girl.
Another month ends. All targets met. All systems working. All customers satisfied. All staff eagerly enthusiastic. All pigs fed and ready to fly.