In ancient Greece (469 - 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom. One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance, who ran up to him excitedly and said, "Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of your students?" "Wait a moment," Socrates replied. "Test of Three?" "That's correct," Socrates continued. "No," the man replied, "actually I just heard about it." "All right," said Socrates. "No, on the contrary..." "So," Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something bad about him even though you're not certain it's true?" The man shrugged, a little embarrassed. Socrates continued, "You may still pass though because there is a third test - the filter of Usefulness. "No, not really..." "Well," concluded Socrates, "if what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?" The man was defeated and ashamed and said no more. This is the reason Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem.
100 Ways To Develop Your MindThis weeks Sunday Siesta has been postponed as I have been working all weekend on this article. It’s my longest article ever at over 4500 words but I think it was worth the time and the effort. I have been resisting doing this post for a while now. I was originally inspired to do this by Dragos Roua who wrote a great post 100 Ways to Live a Better Life and who was inspired by Mike King in this great post 100 Ways To Be A Better Leader who was inspired by Armen Shirvanian: 100 Ways to Show Boldness who was inspired by the maniac who started it all Luciano Passuello and his post Tackling Any Issue With A List Of 100 So here I am with 100 Ways to Develop Your Mind 1. If there’s one thing that will change your thoughts quicker than anything else, it’s facing your fears. 2. A lot of people have difficulty in standing up for themselves. 3. It’s great to be silent for just a little while. 4. 5. 6. 7. Building self discipline is a great way to take control of your mind and your thoughts. 8. 9. 10.
More Useful Household Life Hacks • Masshole MommyRemember a while back I did a post about all sorts of useful household life hacks (shortcuts)? I got a lot of positive feedback about it, so I decided to share a few more: 1. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. So now you know…and knowing is half the battle.Best FriendsYouTube im UnterrichtDetails Geschrieben von Beat Küng YouTube und andere Videoplattformen werden noch immer erstaunlich selten im Unterricht genutzt. Zum Teil ist die Plattform in Schulen sogar gesperrt, was aus medienpädagogischer Sicht mehrfach kontraproduktiv ist. Wir müssen den kompetenten Umgang mit Videoplattformen vermitteln. Dabei interessiert uns Medienpädagogen nicht nur die Rolle der Konsumenten, sondern ganz besonders auch die des Produzenten. Das Dossier „YouTube im Unterricht“ führt durch die Plattform und zeigt vom Erstellen eines Nutzerkontos bis zu den online-Bearbeitungsmöglichkeiten das Potenzial für die Medienbildung auf. Das Dossier kann als PDF heruntergeladen werden. Version 2013_7, komplette Überarbeitung Version 8-2012, mit der neuen YouTube-Funktion "Gesichter automatisch unkenntlich machen"
There's a Word for That: 25 Expressions You Should Have in Your VocabularyRecently I came across this amazing little Tumblr named ‘OtherWordly‘ – itself a play on words. It consists of a collection of strange and lovely words from different languages through different times. What I like most about this selection of consonants and vowels – little meaning-carrying packages of vibration – is that they all try to point to the unspeakable, the transient or the neglected. That which we forget in the busyness of our daily grind. Words have the power to remind us – and therefore we should choose our words carefully so we are reminded of the things that nourish our souls. You can find my favourite words below – pick five that resonate most, write them down, yes seriously – go grab a pen -, make sure to learn them by heart, teach them to your inner voice and share them with others to guide our collective attention to what truly matters. 1 – Sophrosyne 2 – Vorfreude pronunciation | ‘for-froi-duh 3 – Numinous 4 – Nemophilist pronunciation | ne-‘mo-fe-list 5 – Sillage
4 Practical Philosophies That Will Empower YouPhilosophy is a fascinating branch of wisdom. However these esoteric ideas are sometimes difficult to translate into practical application. What are all of those thoughts, suppositions and theories actually good for? How can an understanding of philosophy ultimately help you lead a better life? Today I want to examine with you four philosophical ideas that have influenced my life in a very positive way. 1) Friedrich Nietzsche – Eternal Recurrence The Idea Several times throughout his works, Nietzsche talks about the thought experiment of eternal recurrence. Does the idea of eternal recurrence – that every moment of your life will repeat itself into eternity – leave you shivering with fear or with joy; whether you are living life fully everyday or just waiting for better times to come. Heaven or hell, you decide Let’s also assume that the life you are currently living is not simply one of the repetitions but is actually your first time around. 2) Socrates – No One Does Wrong Willingly L’idée
Go On A Blind Date... With A BookThey say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover — but what about the title, author and plot? In a bid to lure customers back from the ebook market, one plucky book store has begun selling novels that are completely wrapped in brown paper. A few vague words are your only hint to what lies within… It’s no secret that book stores are doing it tough, with Collins, Angus & Robinson and Borders all shutting up shops in recent years. We therefore admire the sheer gumption of Elizabeth’s Bookshops in NSW and WA, which is attempting to sell its wares sight unseen to indecisive customers — they call it the paperback “blind date”. “A lot of people who come into our store don’t know what they want to buy so they just browse or ask for a recommendation,” explained Ryan, an Elizabeth’s Bookshop employee from the Pitt Street store in Sydney. “One of our staff members thought it would be a good idea to set up a kind of lucky-dip table where you get to pick a book at random.
100,000 StarsThe Learning LabHistorical Figures Who Delivered The Best 30 Burns Of All TimeHaving a witty comeback to a stupid or embarrassing question or comment is a skill that will help you to always come up on top. Because, let’s face it, no one likes being put down in front of a crowd. And if you think that you have it rough inside your circle of friends, imagine how famous people or celebrities feel when someone drops a bomb on them while exposed in the public’s eye. They always have to be careful with their responses, but sometimes even they can get fed up. Throughout history, there have been attempts to back up famous people into a corner with questions that couldn’t receive a good answer. These 30 historical comebacks were so good that the other guy didn’t know what hit him. Winston Churchill was the best. Share this post with your friends by clicking on the sharing buttons below. Thank You!
16 Things I Wish They Had Taught Me in SchoolI am 28 now. I don’t think about the past or regret things much these days. But sometimes I wish that I had known some of things I have learned over the last few years a bit earlier. Because some of these 16 things in this article a teacher probably spoke about in class. Some of it would probably not have stuck in my mind anyway. But I still think that taking a few hours from all those German language classes and use them for some personal development classes would have been a good idea. So here are 16 things I wish they had taught me in school (or I just would like to have known about earlier). 1. This is one of the best ways to make better use of your time. So a lot of what you do is probably not as useful or even necessary to do as you may think. You can just drop – or vastly decrease the time you spend on – a whole bunch of things. And if you do that you will have more time and energy to spend on those things that really brings your value, happiness, fulfilment and so on. 2. 3. 4. 5.