- Sascha Dichter this week eloquently posts on how reason follows intuition. You will always, always, always find evidence to support your point of view, if that is what you are looking for. “This means that we make decisions and form opinions with our intuitive minds, and then use our power to reason to support our intuitive decisions. In Jonathan’s words, the intuitive (or emotional) dog wags the rational tail. This is why we find it so incomprehensible that people with different moral outlooks don’t “just respond to the facts.” We think that people look at facts to make decisions, when in fact they make decisions and then look for facts that support those decisions.”
- Anyone who knows me well knows I often in the midst of some existential crisis about my life – thinking about some big question that I will never be able to actually answer. It made me feel less alone to hear this from Robin Hilton on NPR’s Listeners Picks of 2011 about Fleet Foxes ”Helplessness Blues”: ”I love growing old… every year I’m glad that my 20s are behind me. My 20s were one long existential crisis - what is the meaning of anything, what is all this for, what does work matter, and this song is all about coming to the understanding that your life doesn’t have to be remarkable to be fulfilling. This song has the passion and urgency of someone in their 20s who wants to live an amazing life … but the narrator comes to the understanding that he wants to serve something greater, even if he’s a small part of whatever that is”. I also really liked Civilian by Wye Oak; their whole album is described as an ode to “the pursuit of a normal life, to be comfortable in your own skin”.
- A good friend’s sister recently scored a fashion contract with the Australian store Sportsgirl. I previously posted about my reaction to her clothes (mid-existential crisis). Amazing what someone can do with their university thesis. You can check out Jess’ collection “Outpost” here.
Image Credit: Sportsgirl