Threshold Crossing (vol. 1, no. 5)

Here are five things I’m sharing this month:

1.  Joseph Campbell on finding your bliss:

  • “You may have success in life, but then just think of it – what kind of life was it? What good was it – you’ve never done the thing you wanted to do in all of your life. I always tell my students, go where your body and soul want to go. When you have the feeling, then stay with it, and don’t let anyone throw you off..You come to bliss…We are having experiences all the time which may on occasion render some sense of this, a little intuition of where your bliss is. Grab it. No one can tell you what it is going to be. You have to learn to recognize your own depth.” (p. 147 The Power of Myth – one of my Top 10 Books the Doubled the Size of my Universe)

2. Stefan Sagmeister on complaining:

3. Cheryl Strayed (aka Sugar) on building your code:

  • “We are here to build the house. It’s our work, our job, the most important gig of all: to make a place that belongs to us, a structure composed of our own moral code. Not the code that only echoes imposed cultural values, but the one that tells us on a visceral level what to do. You know what’s right for you and what’s wrong for you, honey bun. And that knowing has nothing to do with money or feminism or monogamy or whatever other things you say to yourself when the silent exclamation points are going off in your head. Is it okay to be a participant in deceit and infidelity? Is it okay to exchange sex for cash? These are worthy questions. They matter. But the answers to them don’t tell us how to rightfully live our lives.”

4. NPR on how to future-proof yourself:

  • “The more AI experts and computer scientists I talked to, the more sure I became that we have been preparing people for the future in exactly the wrong way: We’ve been telling them [to] develop these technical skills in fields like computer science and engineering. We’ve been telling people to become as productive as possible to optimize their lives, to squeeze out all the inefficiency and spend their time as effectively as possible, in essence, to become more like machines. And really, what we should be teaching people is to be more like humans, to do the things that machines can’t do…”

5. Encore blog post from me:

It’s a great day to be alive! – dr H

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