Category Archives: philosophy

Seligman and Frankl on meaning

Martin Seligman divides life into three kinds: the good, the pleasant, and the meaningful lives.

Viktor Frankl believed that the meaningful life consisted in surrendering to something or someone greater than oneself.

How do we achieve the good and pleasant lives?

Insight-driven knowledge vs. wisdom

What’s the difference?

Insight-driven knowledge comes about when information acquires meaning for us. 🙂

Such knowledge is wisdom, manifest in a form which we can represent however we so choose!

Wisdom is the unintended byproduct of using our reason courageously. It comes to the self-actualizing person who commits to what Maslow called “expressive behavior”. Such behavior for Maslow was unmotivated and unconscious: acted out purely for itself.

On the other side of expressive behavior is “coping behavior”. Coping behavior is motivated and conscious, acted out only to fulfill some “deficit need” (i.e., D-need). D-needs can only be temporarily gratified.

The wise, self-actualizing person engages in coping behavior only as a mortal, flawed agent. Such a person only behaves as such in the service of their greater expressive behavior.

What are your favorite expressive behaviors?

Capitalism and socialism: The third way

This called-for “third economic way” has been a subconscious interest of mine since watching Slavoj Zizek and Jordan Peterson debate last year. I recently came across the question again, this time in the context of global sustainability.

I view the United States as a historically capitalistic nation with socialistic checks-and-balances. This transcends anti-socialist rhetoric (for example, Trump’s) in at least one instance: the welfare state’s continuation from the 20th century.

I’m a firm believer in progress adding–not detracting–from what has been accomplished prior. I view the U.S.’s recognition of our economy’s downturns and their causes to be an excellent case-in-point for how the world will establish the most balanced economic system to date.

Does the above mean socialism will rise further in my country? Maybe. But, it likely won’t (and, in my view, shouldn’t) replace capitalistic ventures. Throwing the baby out with the bathwater is bad for family business!