I cannot teach anyone anything, I can only make them think. — Socrates
This fine summer weekend, I invite you to join me in thinking about how the artist painted a clear glass tumbler of water with brushstrokes of color.
On the topic of thinking… I’ve been thinking about how our minds consume so much junk food — on the telly, the radio, the internet, What’s App, FB, Twitter, Instagram… Mind you, I enjoy and benefit from them too, but occasionally feel numb from everything poking me in little sound bites.
You can’t imagine how much your mind longs to t h i n k, to hang out with one idea for awhile and stretch it into its permutations.
May I introduce you to The Philosopher’s Mail. This is an online newspaper that’s devoted to actually thinking about the news instead of just reporting it. We consume the news, but do we explore its connotations, precedents and future implications?
The Philosopher’s Mail, says the NYTimes, is run by “Swiss-born, London-based author Alain de Botton, who has spent his career applying great ideas of philosophy and literature to everyday life. It is modeled on the British tabloid, The Daily Mail, which gets 40 million hits a day. But The Philosopher’s Mail approaches news and global affairs as philosophically teachable moments.”
You can read a really good, short (!) and well worth it article in the NYTimes about Mr. Botton and The Philosopher’s Mail here.
My take: Thinking feels as good as…pasta…or…yoga.
If you are feeling resistant or say, “I don’t have any time,” start with this.
Do, please, inspire us with what you’re
doing thinking this weekend. Comment box below and waiting for ya. Carry on!
P.S. The Philosopher’s Mail makes for really great reading on your iPad, in bed, during the 3 a.m. can’t sleep moments. You know what I’m talking about.