Personal blogs: I’m not a fan. These days a lot of people are posting everything online, but rarely anything of substance. It’s just adding to the noise. We tend to post indiscriminately, adding to our ever-growing online presence not realizing we are shaping our electronic memoir as we go. I’d like my memoir to be a good one – something of worth and depth. If you know me personally, you know that I’m an introspective type of person. I enjoy grabbing coffee with friends, but I thrive in quiet moments by myself. I’ve given myself the conflicting title of “social loner.” One thing that tips the scales to the nerdish loner side is my passion for reading and learning. I’m constantly adding to my library (Amazon Prime is my apathetic enabler) and can often be found researching some random topic (Google search: Where do mathematical fractals exist in nature?).
During one particularly introspective afternoon, it struck me that I’m constantly taking information in but rarely putting it back out there. There’s the odd deep conversation, but nothing of weight that I’ve created with the knowledge I’m absorbing. For many years I’ve adopted as my own a life mantra of “Balance.” As such, I’d like to contribute to that state of homeostasis by producing more, creating more, giving more. Thus, a personal blog. Not a blog of my day-to-day activities; rather, a blog about the books I’ve read, podcasts I’ve listened to, and articles I’ve enjoyed. Not only will this allow me to continue my passion with abandon, but it will require me to focus my concentration and produce something that will – hopefully – contribute to the world in a positive way. I hope to encourage, inspire and challenge. My interests tend to reside in – but are not limited to – the worlds of philosophy, sociology, psychology, communication, religion, race, and feminism.
For millennia, critical thinking and knowledge have been said to be the source of true power. I agree wholeheartedly. Although general knowledge is helpful, I’d be remiss to not mention the importance of self-knowledge. Self-awareness and consciousness have benefits on a micro level (us and our immediate community) and on a macro level (the global community). Looking for a way to change the world? Let’s start with that.
First installment: “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience” by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi
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