The Sane Society: The Great Humanistic Philosopher and Psychologist Erich Fromm on How to Save Us From Ourselves

Illustration by Lisbeth Zwerger from a special edition of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales BY MARIA POPOVA “The whole life of the individual is nothing but the process of giving birth to himself; indeed, we should be fully born, when we die.”   “Every advance of intellect beyond the ordinary measure,” Schopenhauer wrote in examining the relationship between genius and insanity, “disposes to madness.” But could what is true of the individual also be true of society — could it be that the more so-called progress polishes our collective pride and the more intellectually advanced human civilization becomes, the more … Continue reading The Sane Society: The Great Humanistic Philosopher and Psychologist Erich Fromm on How to Save Us From Ourselves

No Masters, No Rulers – A World Without Statist Conditioning

by Gary ‘Z’ McGee, Staff Writer, Waking Times “The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.” ~Antisthenes Raised, as most of us are, within nation states, it is extremely difficult to think outside the statist box. It’s tantamount to cognitive dissonance; Might as well ask a fish to breathe outside water, it’s so counterintuitive. But, and here’s the rub, we are not fish, and if we want to continue to be a progressively evolving species on this planet, we are going to have to think outside the box. The thing is, it’s perfectly … Continue reading No Masters, No Rulers – A World Without Statist Conditioning

Dining Out Is Just About the Worst Thing You Can Do to Your Finances

Illustration by Sibel Ergener by John McDermott It’s not just the check—restaurant meals put us in a ‘consumer mindset’ One of the most common pieces of advice you’ll get from personal finance experts is to eat out less. By cooking at home, you almost always manage to spend less money on food (not to mention eat healthier). But a new study not only confirms that eating out is bad for your finances, but suggests that eating out is among the worst things you can do for your personal financial health. “What we saw consistently throughout the study was that when people reported … Continue reading Dining Out Is Just About the Worst Thing You Can Do to Your Finances

Pain Is the Best Antidote to Your Unfilfilling, Sedentary Office Job

by John McDermott If you’ve wondered why some people insist on inflicting pain on themselves, you now you have your answer The debilitating effects of a sedentary office job will terrify anyone who has one. Spending your day hunched over a desk ruins posture and flexibility, causes neck and back pain, makes your bones soft (really) and increases the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. Simply put: Sitting all day makes us fat, sick and sore—not to mention bored and unfulfilled. The antidote, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, is pain, specifically in the … Continue reading Pain Is the Best Antidote to Your Unfilfilling, Sedentary Office Job

Why Power Brings Out Your True Self

SELF-ACTUALIZATION: Power can release your inhibitions and set your true nature free. But how you handle power depends on who you were before you got the crown. (Apparently Henry II of England, above, was an impetuous, divisive fellow.)National Portrait Gallery, London Are you a tyrant or a servant? BY MATTHEW HUTSON At the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Michelle Obama told the crowd, “Being president doesn’t change who you are. It reveals who you are.” Growing up, Michelle said, she and Barack learned important lessons from their families about “dignity and decency” and “gratitude and humility.” “At the end of the … Continue reading Why Power Brings Out Your True Self

The Real Story of David Rockefeller That the Media Isn’t Telling

Mint Press News Waking Times No one person encapsulates the enduring legacy of the “robber barons” of the Industrial Age quite like David Rockefeller. Rockefeller, who died today at the age of 101, was the last surviving grandson of John D. Rockefeller, the oil tycoon who became America’s first billionaire and the patriarch of what would become one of the most powerful and wealthiest families in American history. David Rockefeller, an undeniable product of American nobility, lived his entire life in the echelons of U.S. society, becoming symbolic of the elite who often direct public policy to a much greater … Continue reading The Real Story of David Rockefeller That the Media Isn’t Telling

Hamburgers Are Bigger Than Ever, but the Meat Has Always Been Questionable

  by Quinn Myers From ‘pink slime’ to bug burgers, a look at the quintessential American meal For most of the world, the symbol most associated with America isn’t the bald eagle, George Washington or even the stars and stripes—it’s the hamburger and fries. But how much has this simple meal — a ground-beef sandwich with fried potatoes — changed since its glory days of the 1950s? Let’s find out. The Ingredients 1950s: According to Andrew Smith, author of The Encyclopedia of Junk Food and Fast Food, the quality of hamburger meat was so bad in the early 20th century that by the 1950s, customers needed … Continue reading Hamburgers Are Bigger Than Ever, but the Meat Has Always Been Questionable

What do slaveholders think?

Labourers in Vidharbha region in Maharashtra, India. Photo by Sanjit Das/Panos  image edited by Web Investigator It is everywhere illegal yet slavery persists in many corners of the global economy. How do its beneficiaries justify it? by Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick is a professor of sociology at the University of San Diego. His latest book is What Slaveholders Think (2017). I liked Aanan as soon as I met him. My field notes read: ‘What a nice guy, you can just see from his face.’ Open-faced and conversational, he was enthusiastic about the explosive growth in his quarry operations and excited to show me around. … Continue reading What do slaveholders think?

The Strange Blissfulness of Storms

Is there a biochemical reason that extreme weather makes us happy? BY SARAH SCOLESILLUSTRATION BY RED NOSE STUDIO Ifelt pretty sure something was wrong when the deer began running toward me. I knew something was wrong when a pine branch flew by my head. The air went dark and a noise like a train barreled through the forest, the actual wind coming after the sound of itself. The trees all swayed in the same direction, and then came the slap of thunder. I felt more than saw the huge shelf cloud, a wall of black striped with electricity, surge forward … Continue reading The Strange Blissfulness of Storms

Microwave Towers & Faster Downloads: The Hidden Health Impact of Wireless Communications

by Benjamin Nowland, New Dawn Waking Times Imagine you arrive home after work to discover a new microwave antenna tower stationed at the edge of your backyard fence? How would you respond? If you’d had non-existent mobile phone reception for years prior (or if you were a techie ‘hooked on faster downloads’) then you might find reason to celebrate! You might respond as an ambivalent disempowered citizen, “I really wonder about those things but there isn’t much I can do about this anyway.” You may be in the growing group of empowered action-takers. You’ve either experienced microwave radiation sickness attributable to … Continue reading Microwave Towers & Faster Downloads: The Hidden Health Impact of Wireless Communications