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Open your mind by reading books with unlikable characters

Novelist and creative writing teacher Charmaine Craig had something to say recently about whether it is better for our development as contributing members of society if we give up our obsession with the echo chambers of our own likes and dislikes, and seek growth in the unfamiliar.

The problem with only liking things we find relatable

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/problem-liking-things-find-relatable/

Set of 4 cards by Yoko

The Holstee Company produces a lot of unique and inspiring products as well as a regular e-newsletter with all kinds of reflections on modern life.

Some of these reflections can be hum-drum and a little starry eyed, some are really worth reading, and occasionally there is a gem.

This article from Saskia Kerkvliet, Community Building Director at Dachi Tea Co., is one of those gems. It describes 5 things that will both improve your wellbeing and help you get more out of your life. And in principle they’re so easy, as you’re probably already doing some or many of them. Find out what here….

Following your Passion

Cal Newport’s advice about ‘following your passion’ is not what you usually hear, but perhaps a bit more realistic.

Following your passion is horrible advice

https://vimeo.com/video/85927282

Just what is “the public good”?

Eureka Street is a “vibrant online journal of analysis, commentary and reflection on current issues in the worlds of politics, religion and culture. It aims to participate in public discussion and influence public opinion regarding the Things That Matter in Australia and the world.”¹


Elenie Poulos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX1j2V6ms7E

This recent article by Peter Kirkwood outlining an interview with Uniting Church minister and Director of UnitingJustice Australia Elenie Poulos, contains two short videos of the interview in which Ms Poulos presents some thought-provoking ideas about neoliberal values, and whether they are benefitting or harming the “public good” of our society.

Eureka Street is ALWAYS worth a look!


¹from www.eurekastreet.com.au, “About Us” page, viewed 15/4/15

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