“Let death find us as we are building up our matchstick protests against its waves.” -Alain de Botton
The truth is, none of us really know it all.
However, there are certain people in the world who seem to have an uncannily keen understanding of human nature in a way that most of us ignore. When we think of philosophy, we tend to think of the ancient greeks passionately arguing about morality, ethics, or the question of God. If we are willing to expand our perspectives, (and be brave enough to confront some rather difficult ideas) we will then find philosophy actually is very present and relevant in our everyday lives.
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Retirement is a complex and bittersweet milestone.
This change is met by many new opportunities and time to develop personal interests. However, when the hustle and bustle of the rest of the world carries on, it’s very common for feelings of loneliness to develop. Even with a supportive network of family and friends, the solitude that accompanies some later in life can be difficult to bare.
This problem seems to be so quietly ignored that people who find themselves in this position find it difficult to seek help.
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“I am suddenly consumed by nostalgia for the little girl who was me, who loved the fields and believed in God, who spent winter days home sick from school reading Nancy Drew and sucking menthol cough drops, who could keep a secret.” — Audrey Niffenegger
We all share a strange relationship with memory.
Bits and pieces of the past tend to float to the surface when we least expect it. Sometimes, they are unwanted reminders. Upon recognition, we immediately push those memories down again, locking the door behind them, wiping away the trace of dust left behind on our hands.
Continue reading The Science of Sentimentality: How Nostalgia Can Help Us