Improving Ourselves

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We have a page about improving the world; this is the other side of the coin - if we want the world to improve, we need to get better ourselves.  It does not take a great deal of insight to see that the things I dislike in other people are also in myself.  It is well summarized by the apocryphal story about GK Chesterton replying to a newspaper’s question of “What is wrong with the world?” with the simple response, “Dear Sirs, I am”.

And, of course, it works the other way round, too: if we want to improve ourselves, we need to work to help other people and the world.

  • Binary Thinking   It is very easy to see the world as a set of binary choices - either this is true, or that is.  But, even if our choices are sometimes binary, the issues we face rarely are. 
  • Don't Be Fooled by Abstraction  We frequently argue about abstractions, but these arguments are often based upon the mistaken assumption that the abstractions in question actually exist.
  • What Is Time For?  Everyone is too busy. How would we spend our time if we weren’t?  An article on Plough by Zena Hitz.


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