June 24, 2020
“Now there are times when a whole generation is caught. . .between two ages, two modes of life, with the consequence that it loses all … Read More ›
June 4, 2020
“We need a great rebirth of the heroic in our world. Every sector of human society, wherever that may be on the planet, seems to … Read More ›
May 20, 2020
“When we appreciate how natural it is for man to strive to be a hero, how deeply it goes in his evolutionary and organismic constitution…then … Read More ›
April 28, 2020
“Adventure shatters the oppressive, insistent reality as if it were a piece of glass. It is the unforeseen, the unthought-of, the new. Each adventure is … Read More ›
April 15, 2020
“In such epochs where the highest values of life—our peace, our independence, our basic rights, all that makes our existence more pure, more beautiful, all … Read More ›
March 30, 2020
“Maturity is the capacity to endure uncertainty.” John Finley To trigger a nervous breakdown in someone you could apply the following steps: Force your victim … Read More ›
March 18, 2020
Friedrich Nietzsche believed himself to be a philosophical physician. One of his missions in life was to help others understand the sickness into which modern … Read More ›
February 27, 2020
“Good does not become better by being exaggerated, but worse, and a small evil becomes a big one through being disregarded and repressed. The shadow … Read More ›
February 18, 2020
“How can a man come to know himself? Never by thinking, but by doing. Try to do your duty and you will know at once … Read More ›
January 30, 2020
“Do not die of another person’s misery.” Baltasar Gracián While there are countless ways that we sabotage ourselves, sometimes our problems are not generated by … Read More ›
January 9, 2020
“If body structure and temperament are related, as anyone who studies human nature can determine, the question then is: Can one change the character of … Read More ›
December 19, 2019
“. . .the living organism expresses itself in movement more clearly than in words. But not alone in movement! In pose, in posture, in attitude … Read More ›
November 21, 2019
In our age of anxiety and victimhood, courage is a trait that many of us sorely lack. For who among us could not create a … Read More ›
November 6, 2019
“Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, … Read More ›
October 9, 2019
“Man is a mystery. It needs to be unravelled, and if you spend your whole life unravelling it, don’t say that you’ve wasted time. I … Read More ›
September 24, 2019
“Can freedom become a burden, too heavy for man to bear, something he tries to escape from?” Erich Fromm, Escape from Freedom Man is a … Read More ›
August 21, 2019
“Daring as it is to investigate the unknown, even more so it is to question the known.” Kaspar It is often said that to understand … Read More ›
August 6, 2019
“Sooner or later something seems to call us onto a particular path. You may remember this “something” as a signal calling in childhood when an … Read More ›
July 9, 2019
“You must be ready to burn yourself in your own flame; how could you rise anew if you have not first become ashes?” Nietzsche, Thus … Read More ›
June 19, 2019
We live in an age where our extensive scientific knowledge and our love of all things objective and measurable has placed religion in a precarious … Read More ›
June 5, 2019
To watch the rest of this video series – and all our Membership Videos – become a Supporting Member! Become a Supporting Member “Man cannot … Read More ›
May 16, 2019
Shakespeare famously claimed that “all the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players” and this theatrical quality of life is nowhere … Read More ›
April 30, 2019
“Unlimited possibilities are not suited to man; if they existed, his life would only dissolve in the boundless. To become strong, a man’s life needs … Read More ›
April 11, 2019
“A man’s shortcomings are taken from his epoch; his virtues and greatness belong to himself.” Goethe Of the many factors which influence our psychological health, … Read More ›
March 29, 2019
“Books are the best of things, well used; abused, among the worst. What is the right use?…They are for nothing but to inspire.” Ralph Waldo … Read More ›
March 19, 2019
“Resist much, obey little; Once unquestioning obedience, once fully enslaved; Once fully enslaved, no nation, state, city, of this earth, ever afterward resumes its liberty.” … Read More ›
March 1, 2019
“Excellence withers without an adversary.” Seneca, Letters from a Stoic Life deals us an abundance of obstacles and adversities and so, one would think, the … Read More ›
February 25, 2019
“The perpetual hesitation of the neurotic to launch out into life is readily explained by his desire to stand aside so as not to get … Read More ›
January 29, 2019
“I am not altogether pessimistic about neurosis. In many cases we have to say, “Thank heaven he could make up his mind to be neurotic.” … Read More ›
January 11, 2019
“There is only one inborn error, and that is the notion that we exist in order to be happy….So long as we persist in this … Read More ›
December 20, 2018
“I call an animal, a species, an individual corrupt, when it loses its instincts, when it chooses, when it prefers, what is harmful to it.” … Read More ›
December 6, 2018
Each month we create a new video for those who support us through our membership program – this video is one of them. To gain … Read More ›
November 22, 2018
“Here we have our present age … bent on the extermination of myth. Man today, stripped of myth, stands famished among all his pasts and … Read More ›
October 31, 2018
We are lived by Powers we pretend to understand.  (W. H. Auden) Of all the powers that shape our life, our emotions stand out both … Read More ›
October 15, 2018
“I am in that temper that if I were under water I would scarcely kick to come to the top.” (John Keats) Rare is the … Read More ›
September 27, 2018
“This is one of the most urgent problems for civilized man. He has created civilization to give himself security. Security for what? For boredom? His … Read More ›
September 10, 2018
Why do so many people fail to flourish? And what can we do in our own life to ensure we do not succumb to the … Read More ›
August 21, 2018
“All man’s history is an endeavor to shatter his loneliness.” (Norman Cousins, Modern Man is Obsolete) In today’s world, with all the technologies built to … Read More ›
July 30, 2018
“Speak not of gifts, or innate talents! One can name all kinds of great men who were not very gifted. But they acquired greatness, became … Read More ›
June 30, 2018
“Always to seek to conquer myself rather than fortune, to change my desires rather than the order of the world, and generally to believe that … Read More ›
June 21, 2018
“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” (Goethe) These words were written by Goethe nearly 200 years ago, but … Read More ›
May 23, 2018
For hundreds of years freedom reigned as a preeminent value in Western civilization, and with the abolition of slavery in the mid-19th century, the tide … Read More ›
May 8, 2018
“What human beings can be, they must be.” (Abraham Maslow, Motivation and Personality) In the early-20th century, psychologists were primarily concerned with the sicknesses that … Read More ›
April 11, 2018
“To be human, is not a fact, but a task.” (Soren Kierkegaard) As Kierkegaard, and many others have long realized, life is a continual series … Read More ›
March 21, 2018
Since the birth of civilization, tyrannical rulers have plagued mankind. Driven by an insatiable appetite for power such individuals have done their best to control … Read More ›
February 28, 2018
“The sad truth is that man’s real life consists of a complex of inexorable opposites—day and night, birth and death, happiness and misery, good and … Read More ›
February 20, 2018
“Just as a physician might say that there is very likely not one single living human being who is completely healthy, so anyone who really … Read More ›
January 31, 2018
“The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of … Read More ›
January 18, 2018
“It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great … Read More ›
December 30, 2017
Find a list of the images used in the video here. George Orwell’s writings have experienced a spike in popularity over the past decade and … Read More ›
December 12, 2017
“Poets, philosophers and seers have always concerned themselves with the idea of a true self, and the betrayal of the self has been a typical … Read More ›
November 29, 2017
“It would not be easy to find another author,” wrote Henri Ellenberger in The Discovery of the Unconscious, “from which so much has been borrowed … Read More ›
November 14, 2017
“The impetus that makes you fly is our great human possession. Everybody has it. It is the feeling of being linked with the roots of … Read More ›
October 26, 2017
Far too many of us are oblivious to the dangers that some of our behavioural patterns pose to our long-term well-being. Instead of facing up … Read More ›
October 17, 2017
In Thus Spoke Zarathustra, the main character leaves his home at the age of 30 and retreats into the mountains hoping to find enlightenment. There, … Read More ›
September 28, 2017
Find a list of the paintings used in the video here. “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” (Henry David Thoreau, Walden) Henry … Read More ›
September 19, 2017
“God is dead! God remains dead! And we have killed him!  How shall we console our selves, the most murderous of all murderers?  The holiest and the … Read More ›
August 31, 2017
Governments are responsible for some of the greatest atrocities in history. The 20th century was particularly brutal in this respect, with tens of millions of … Read More ›
August 22, 2017
“The fear of finding oneself alone – that is what they suffer from – and so they don’t find themselves at all.” (Andre Gide, The … Read More ›
July 27, 2017
“With all that which a person allows to appear, one may ask: what is it meant to hide? What should it divert the eyes from?. … Read More ›
July 12, 2017
“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this … Read More ›
June 28, 2017
“For nonconformity the world whips you with its displeasure”. (Ralph Waldo Emerson) This remark by Ralph Waldo Emerson makes it clear that the forces of … Read More ›
June 14, 2017
As a practicing psychologist and keen observer of the Western world, Carl Jung noticed that many people in his day were afflicted by debilitating feelings … Read More ›
May 30, 2017
“Our envy of others devours us most of all.” (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Gulag Archipelago) Stretching back to the time of the Ancient Greeks, countless philosophers have … Read More ›
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