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Episode · 4 weeks ago

Lecture 16 THE SPONTANEITY OF BEING

This lecture opposes, on the one hand, the traditional reliance on great religions for understanding the world and guiding our conscience and, on the other hand, the modern trust in science and political philosophy for developing a credible and sensible worldview, together with rules of conduct that follow naturally from the demands of social organization.

Episode · 4 weeks ago

Lecture 15 THE ETERNAL NOW

This lecture aims at striking the right balance between commitment to things that we love and can or must do, and detachment toward everything else.

Episode · 4 weeks ago

Lecture 14 RETURN TO THE STREAM

This lecture is all about adaptation, or the capacity to constantly realign our purpose with life, that is always changing. Misery, from this perspective, amounts to clinging to things that have become impossible or impractical, versus letting go and moving on, toward things that are both desirable and feasible.

Episode · 4 weeks ago

Lecture 13 THE EXERCISE OF WONDER

This lecture calls our attention to the process of habituation, which renders us insensitive to beneficial things that have become familiar and predictable. We need to avoid taking these things for granted and losing our ability to be thankful for them, insofar as they help us live and thrive.