On Social Media, Self, and Buddhism

An excerpt from 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari. ... In order to understand ourselves, a crucial step is to acknowledge that the ‘self’ is a fictional story that the intricate mechanisms of our mind constantly manufacture, update and rewrite… Just as the government builds up a national myth with flags, …

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Modern Predicament

Published in 1932, Aldous Huxley's Brave New World sounds prophetic today. “V.P.S.?” “Violent Passion Surrogate. Regularly once a month. We flood the whole system with adrenin. It’s the complete physiological equivalent of fear and rage. All the tonic effects of murdering Desdemona and being murdered by Othello, without any of the inconveniences.” “But I like …

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