Buck Holler Apr 16, 2020

“Do you ask me what you should regard as especially to be avoided? I say, crowds.”

Being the introvert I am, this answer from Seneca (letter 7) received from me a warm welcome and strong affirmation.  However, I quickly learned that his reasoning was not formed from a fear of crowds or a feeling of discomfort one might experience in a room full of people. Instead, Seneca issued his warning against the crowd for the harm it imposes upon one’s soul.

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Matthew Bianco Mar 26, 2020

What motivates a person to make the decisions he makes, to do the things she does? What motivates a group of people, a community, a city or whole nation to do what it does, to decide what it decides? Some people are motivated by what is right and what is wrong. Some people are motivated by what will earn them recognition and honor. Some people are motivated by the "return on investment." Some people are motivated by what will be an expression of their freedom, the right to choose what they choose to choose. What other things motivate us? As individuals? As communities?

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