Human beings are immensely complicated creatures, living simultaneously in a half dozen different worlds. Each individual is unique and, in a number of respects, unlike all the other members of the species. None of our motives is unmixed, none of our actions can be traced back to a single source and, in any group we care to study, behavior patterns that are observably similar may be the result of many constellations of dissimilar causes.
Bridging the Island Universes of Our Experience: Aldous Huxley on Making Sense of Ourselves and Each Other
“To see ourselves as others see us is a most salutary gift. Hardly less important is the capacity to see others as they see themselves.”
When we think of what a good life entails, we might imagine one that is filled with happiness or defined by a sense of purpose. Perhaps we imagine a life of contentment and stability, supported by a close-knit group of friends and family, or one in which we spend our years working toward a meaningful goal, with all the long hours and sacrifices that requires.
However, as important as happiness and purpose are, we may be overlooking another important component: an openness to new and different experiences. In a recent paper published in the American Psychological Association’s journal Psychological Review, two psychologists make the argument that our conception of what a good life looks like should include a consideration of whether it is “psychologically rich,” which they define as being, “characterised by a variety of interesting and perspective-changing experiences.”
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I love the duality of water and how it can serve as a metaphor for life,” she says. “It’s beautiful and healing, and I feel weightless and unburdened in it. But at the same time, it can be dangerous as well as restorative: historically, black people have always had a complicated relationship with water.” (This is for a variety of reasons, such as the Middle Passage, when enslaved people were taken from Africa to the Americas, and segregated beaches and pools.)
RealClearPolitics: “How often are books and bookshelves seen on television news? The timeline below used AI to scan every second of news programming across BBC News London, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News since the start of last year to count how many seconds per day a book was visible somewhere onscreen. Pre-pandemic, books were seen just a few minutes a day on each channel, but in the middle of March 2020, as lockdowns spread and television news presenters, personalities and guests were suddenly forced to present from home, many positioned their cameras in front of their bookshelves.