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I initially planned to have about one "Food for Thought" post a month, but I have read so many interesting pieces lately, I already have 3 posts full of links in queue. So I decided to publish these posts as I find inspirations, rather than imposing a defined regularity. Without further ado, here is the Food for Thought, number 5.
On Buffer - The Case For Having no Goals in Your Life
In this article, James Clear explains the difference between (long term) goals and (daily) systems we put in place to achieve them - making a case about how setting goals is not that good an idea after all. This is kind of oversimplifying his demonstration, so I can only suggest you to go read the whole piece. A different take on life projects and objectives.
On Steve McCurry's Blog - To Change the World
This post is made of photographs and quotes about the importance of education. I like how powerful this visual post is - no long explanations, yet the message is strong, and clear.
On Brain Pickings - An Antidote to the Age of Anxiety
This article presents the philosophy of Alan W. Watts, "a pioneer of Eastern philosophy in the West" as introduced by Brain Pickings. Pioneer indeed, since he wrote this book, The Wisdom of Insecurity, in 1951. He writes about our society's desperate need for security and stability and relates it to the mindfulness of the present moment, or lack thereof. I didn't pick up the book yet, but this article is a great introduction to this philosophy of embracing insecurity - of sorts.
New Page - The Third Metric
The Third Metric is a themed page on the Huffington Post, focused on "Redefining Success Beyond Money and Power", and gathers articles about an alternative version of success and happiness - that debunks the traditional idea of sleep deprivation, burnout and neglecting our private life. The articles offer variations around this theme - reclaiming time, thinking about ethics and social links, new metrics to work on as objectives, different views on money... All based on a more humane, sustainable definition of success.
Kali's Featured TED Talk: Why Dieting Doesn't Usually Work
Diets aren't very popular among the medical profession, and all sorts of myths revolve around healthy eating and food deprivation. This TED talk s very simple and efficient in explaining how diets (a.k.a. self induced malnutrition) impact our bodies in terms of physiology, and why most dieters end up putting on weight on the long term. A good reminder that we should accept ourselves the way nature made us instead of starving ourselves.
Photography: Another one of the shots I took in Auvergne last Autumn (I still haven't sorted out my holiday season photos). Testing perspective and focus on a castle wall.