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Sloww Sunday Newsletter 030 (Sept 6, 2020) — Maslow’s Future Visions, The Power of Myth, The Latticework of Biggest Ideas, & More
Sloww synthesizes the world’s wisdom to awaken the art of living.
In an age of information overload, Sloww Sunday is like a deep breath for your mind.
1. Sloww Stuff
This short story should be required reading for humanity. We’re still learning lessons from thousands of years ago.
Now more than ever, we should learn from history’s patterns. Who better to learn from than the Durants—who studied and wrote about history for 50+ years! How should we think about big questions like: Does civilization’s lifecycle repeat itself? What stays the same and what changes? What could happen in the future? How should we think about progress?
2. Video I’m Watching
📺 Highlights from “Future Visions” by Abraham Maslow
(27 mins | Optimize with Brian Johnson on YouTube)
“Future Visions” contains Maslow’s unpublished papers—some of which were written just days before he died. If you’re interested in self-actualization, motivation, personality growth, and societal change, check out this video and book.
“It frequently takes half a lifetime for the creatively talented individual to come to terms with one’s own talent, to accept it fully, and to unleash oneself, that is, to be postambivalent about one’s talent.” — Abraham Maslow
3. Interview I’m Enjoying
🎧 The Power of Myth — The Hero’s Adventure with Joseph Campbell & Bill Moyers
(60 mins | Tim Ferriss Podcast)
The stars have aligned! I happened to randomly mention “The Power of Myth” in the newsletter two weeks ago. Big thanks to Tim Ferriss for bringing the first episode of this series to the masses for free.
Bonus: Bill Moyer’s website has a full written transcript.
“Joseph Campbell was one of the most spiritual men I ever met, but he didn’t have an ideology or a theology. Mythology was to him the song of the universe, music so deeply embedded in our collective unconscious that we dance to it, even when we can’t name the tune.” — Bill Moyers
4. Website I’m Exploring
🌐 The Latticework — The Big Ideas from the Big Disciplines
The Latticework is the latest launch from Blas Moros. I’ve mentioned his other site “The Rabbit Hole” before because it has a whopping 600+ book summaries. The Latticework is an ambitious new project to curate and interconnect the biggest ideas from the biggest disciplines into a single resource to encourage multidisciplinary learning.
“Central to The Latticework is the belief that becoming a multidisciplinary learner and thinker is a lifelong goal worth pursuing. Everything we learn interlocks and becomes self-reinforcing, allowing our knowledge to compound over time. The more we learn, the more we can learn. This isn’t magic. We simply have more context on which to hang new ideas, learnings, and experiences – and this is the ‘latticework’ for which this resource is named.” — Blas Moros
5. Quote I’m Contemplating
Is the deer crossing the road, or is the road crossing the forest?— Unknown
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