Bruce Nixon

Westerners divide things into parts, often opposites, rather than seeing the whole. That has been the basis of scientific method and it has led to amazing discoveries. However for the complex problems we face today, I believe we need to see the whole interconnected system and diagnose the underlying issues. We seem to have difficulty seeing the whole system and tend to chop things up … [ Read more ]

Nikos Mourkogiannis

We cannot achieve fulfillment simply by aiming for it, Aristotle taught; instead, we must cultivate traits of character (which he called virtues) that will lead us to behave automatically in a way that contributes to our success.

Aristotle also writes about vices. For every virtue there are usually two vices – one representing too much and one too little of the virtue in question. The vices … [ Read more ]

Bertrand Russell

Every man, wherever he goes, is encompassed by a cloud of comforting convictions that move with him like flies on a summer’s day.

Unknown

What gives something meaning, besides the meaning we give it?

John Rawls (American philosopher)

Isn’t a fair social system the one that we would pick if we didn’t know ahead of time what our role will be?

David Landes, The Wealth and Poverty of Nations

In this world, the optimists have it, not because they are always right, but because they are positive. Even when wrong, they are positive, and that is the way of achievement, correction, improvement, and success. Educated, eye-open optimism pays; pessimism can only offer the empty consolation of being right.

Rene Descartes

To train ourselves in sagacity we should exercise our mental powers on those questions which have already been solved by others…

James Branch Cabell

The optimist proclaims we live in the best of all possible worlds … the pessimist fears this is true.