“Difficulty is always a school, though learning is optional.” Empathy means that you travel out of yourself a little or expand: you can be a thousand miles from the person next to you in bed or deeply invested in the survival of a stranger on the other side of the world. Chronic pain can be treatable by training people to experience it differently, but the sufferer has to be willing to give up their story, a familiar version of themselves.Read More
Analytical Book Summaries for Creative Professionals
Here I publish concise summaries and analysis of books that focus on optimizing your life and living more intentionally.
There are infinite ways to cross a landscape and the function of a path is to reduce this teeming chaos into an intelligible line. Our many forms of understanding of the world resemble nothing so much as the trail-wise problem-solving of ants: we test multiple theories against the complexity of the world, and then pursue those that work. The better routes last, the worse ones erode, and little by little those that work improve.Read More
Free flowing thoughts inspired by memory, dreams, cultural history and place attachment, Solnit speaks of personal growth by way of loss and rediscovery. When you get lost, shes says on page 22, “the world has become larger than your knowledge of it”. Over the course of our lives we have the opportunity to traverse great distance, and some people travel further than others.Read More