Self-development, individuation and authenticity.
How quickly the years go by. The last three years have gone past and that is but a tenth until I am 70. I hope I am as agile as my father at that age. It’s two days until Christmas and the year is Twenty-twenty. When I am my father’s age it will be twenty-fifty. I hope I’m around to see it.
The strangest natural phenomenon I have ever encountered was when I was about fifteen. I was living on a farm with my family near Geurie NSW. I was riding a motorbike in a patch of trees on the farm when I came across a meat ant nest. I decided to dig out a rut in the nest by spinning the back tyre of the bike.
The strange thing was that I uncovered part of a scaly reptile living in the nest. I don’t know whether it was a snake or a lizard but it was alive. I wasn’t game to disturb it any more than I already had, especially if it was a snake. I imagine it was a large lizard living off the ants, but I’ve never heard of such a thing or seen anything like it since.
One of the few big sources of knowledge on self-development I’ve incorporated into my life is a series of Havard lectures on Positive Psychology by lecturer & author Tal Ben-Shahar.
Each lecture is an hour or more and there are twenty or so lectures in the course. I’ve watched all the lectures at least twice and some of it has stuck with me and has helped me navigate my life in a meaningful way.
The lectures are jam-packed with information on how people excel at life. It’s very digestible understandable knowledge and is a large part of the basis of my knowledge in the realm of psychology.
I found these lectures on http://ThePirateBay.org but they have also been uploaded to YouTube.
Out of all the shows I’ve watched over the past year I’d have to say watching ‘Succession’ on HBO/Foxtel has been the most enjoyable. Most of the characters are pretty deplorable as human beings, but still very likable and interesting.
I’m sure many a dodgy businessman got a hardon watching the highs and lows of these characters and maybe they even looked closely for tips on how to be more ruthless and cunning in their own line of work.
This show will continue to be my guilty pleasure as long as it keeps churning out such gripping TV content.
Easily 5 Stars.
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