The world is getting better. // Hans Rosling

“Every group of people I ask thinks the world is more frightening, more violent, and more hopeless — in short, more dramatic — than it really is…. Step-by-step, year-by-year, the world is improving. Not on every single measure every single year, but as a rule. Though the world faces huge challenges, we have made tremendous… Read More »

What is Philosophy? // Bertrand Russell

“‘Philosophy’ is a word which has been used in many ways, some wider, some narrower. I propose to use it in a very wide sense. which I will now try to explain. Philosophy, as I shall understand the word, is something intermediate between theology and science. Like theology, it consists of speculations on matters as… Read More »

What is “Freedom”? — II // Matthieu Ricard

To be free is to be master of ourselves. It is not a matter of doing whatever comes into our heads, but rather of freeing ourselves from the constraints and afflictions, that dominate and obscure our minds. It is a matter of taking our life into our own hands rather than abandoning it to the… Read More »

“….do we ever learn?” // J Krishnamurti

“….do we ever learn? Do we learn from experience? Do we learn from accumulation of knowledge? We say we learn from experience — do we? There have been nearly fifteen thousand wars during the last five thousand years — that is a great deal of experience for man. Have we learnt from these experiences that… Read More »

On Spinoza // Will Durant

“Perhaps so many were influenced by Spinoza because he lends himself to so many interpretations, and yields new riches at every reading. All profound utterances have varied facets for diverse minds. One may say of Spinoza what Ecclesiastes said of Wisdom: “The first man knew him not perfectly, no more shall the last find him… Read More »