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
This is an animation (03 Dec 2012) featuring the ideas of philosopher and author Roman Krznaric, in which he explains how we can help drive social change not by the introspection so favoured in the 20th Century, but in the 21st Century by stepping outside ourselves and embracing what he calls Outrospection.
RSA Animate – The Power of Outrospection https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BG46IwVfSu8
This is one of a series of animations created for the RSA by Andrew Park and his firm Cognitive Media.
In its own words: “The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) [is] an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges. Through its ideas, research and 27,000-strong Fellowship it seeks to understand and enhance human capability so we can close the gap between today’s reality and people’s hopes for a better world.”
You can visit its website at http://www.thersa.org/.
Founder of MindValley.com, Vishen Lakhiani, suggests that most people today are caught up in achieving what he calls “means goals”, rather than “ends goals”. As a result we are obsessed with day to day concerns, and suddenly reach our forties dissatisfied with where life has brought us.
The 3 Most Important Questions to Ask Yourself http://youtu.be/f8eU5Pc-y0g
In this video, he reflects on the midlife crisis and offers a practical exercise to help us work out what each individual is really meant to do with his/her life.
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