Most of writing on this site is an attempt to go straight to the source of knowledge.
I am not the most intelligent, nor the most rational, nor the most reasonable; so it’s important for me to learn from those who did and do possess these important qualities.
I hope to distill the lessons of rationality and clear thought put forth by the words and experiences of some of the most influential figures of history and of our current day.
“That men do not learn much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.” – Aldous Huxley
There is so much to learn from history, yet most of its lessons, good and bad, fly over our heads. Some of these lessons are based on others’ mistakes, some on their successes; both are important in their own way.
From the Stoics to the Cynics to the Skeptics, from the Rationalists to the Mystics, from the Relativists to the Objectivists, Democrats, Republicans, atheists, Christians, Buddhists and everything around and between, there are thoughts on how to think, and most importantly, how to live, that we can all apply for the betterment of our lives today.
We are all a product of those we learn from.
In the words of Henry Sidgwick, “I am not an original man, and I think less of my own thoughts every day.” That is not to say that we should not think for ourselves, but rather that we should surround ourselves with, and learn from, those who will have a positive influence on our thinking.
Keep in mind: This is not hero worship.
All of these great men and women had their flaws.
While these flaws should not be ignored, they also should not cause us to overlook the wisdom and lessons they had to offer. These lessons will be distilled here.