There is a whole host of perfectly acceptable dead people whom you never knew and who can still be of service. They are the artists and philosophers, scientists and visionaries whose presence is still felt long past their due date.
Humans are not the only animals to use tools, but we are the one species that has come to rely on technology more than any other. But the fruits of our progress towards ever more advanced technologies have been a double-edged sword.
On the whole, doubt often gets a bad rap. We don’t like it; we prefer certainty. But the ways in which we deal with doubt may reveal some insights into what makes us human and how to find your way in a life in which uncertainty will always play a part.
The little details of life—and their associated kindnesses—are often lost in the maelstrom of history. But in many ways, it’s those little details that matter most.
Teenage boys are more interested in binge-watching the latest anime than going to a classical music performance. Still, it’s my job as a parent to expose my sons to different cultural experiences, so that they can make up their own minds what to hold on to as they emerge into adulthood.
Humans are deeply social creatures—we can scarcely imagine a life for ourselves that doesn’t involve being part of a community. But a sense of community membership is much more than an objective assessment of which qualities “we” do or don’t possess.