Ayn Rand’s works, mostly Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead are considered by many American readers to be among the most important things they have ever read. I won’t disagree with this idea, although in the area of understanding one’s way in life I would give the preference to The Fountainhead.
It is a well-known fact that when something bad happens, people generally tend to put the blame on somebody or something else, even if they only explain the reasons of it to themselves, which is, especially in the latter case, somewhat illogical. But why is it done?
“Spare the rod – spoil the child” the ancient saying goes. It grows less and less popular nowadays, but to a certain extent some degree of strictness or harshness is still considered to be normal, except for the cases when parents are really frightened to cause their children any kind of pain. So, why are we so attracted to this concept of tough love, although modern society seems to be so opposed to it?
Although English is for sure the most widespread and the most useful language to know at the time being, knowing another language, or even several of them, can always come in handy. If your native language isn’t English, the second one should definitely close this gap, for about 80% of all the useful information that is expressed in any language at all is at least in addition expressed in English as well, so it is an absolute must for any person who is going to consider himself to be a citizen of the world.
In our time of hectic changes and total haste the idea of controlling one’s time effectively acquires a whole new meaning. It isn’t anymore a kind of a whim that was a characteristic of a few people only; it grows to be a necessity, for now a person who isn’t good at managing one’s own time may simply not have enough time to do everything he or she needs. But what is time management?
Egoism is the word that is usually pronounced with disapproving overtones. It is supposed that “egoistic” equals “bad” by definition. But is it really so? What is egoism, after all?
In the recent years the idea of positive thinking is becoming more and more popular, which was immediately reflected by the upsurge in sales of various self-help books that are generally based on this idea. But what exactly is positive thinking?
Together with the purpose of life, happiness has always been one of the central questions of philosophy, always remaining the object of definition and never being actually defined. Knowing of this, I do not suppose that my own idea of happiness has something new and original about it; on the contrary, I am quite sure that millions of people before me had expressed the similar thought; but it is still my idea.
The old proverb states that beauty is in the eye of the beholder; that is, there cannot be such thing as objective beauty and the one man’s idea of what is beautiful may be considerably different from what somebody else thinks about it. However, through the course of time there have been certain concepts that, although allowing the understanding, always limited beauty with certain boundaries. And even though there exist ideas of beauty that are very, very different from what the majority of people think, it is still so: there is majority that shares more or less definite opinion and minority that have unusual opinions of their own.
It is often said that the most difficult activity that a human being can face is making decisions, and not only important ones, but in general. It is true to a certain extent, especially for some people who, due to various reasons (usually rooted in their upbringing) find difficulty making even the simplest and most unimportant decisions, for example, what to wear or what to have for dinner. If you ever encounter similar problems at any level, it may be a good idea to apply a certain decision-making technique for your assistance.