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I find the term "feedback" too sanitized to get the reaction I really want from people when I'm trying to learn about myself. That's what this is really about - self knowledge. If you're looking for little tweaks around the edges, then maybe the word "feedback" is ok. But I believe most of our problems stem from deeply embedded personality traits that we're unaware of. I like to ask very close friends to analyze my character - weaknesses and strengths. Hearing thoughtful analysis is beyond comparison with easily digestible "feedback". Once you move past your insecurities and open up to truly listen to someone critique your personality at the most basic level, you can't get enough of it. I am a very introspective person, so I may not be quite the typical case, but I think this type of analysis is crucial for anyone's growth.
Toggle Commented Oct 26, 2009 on Obtaining Honest Feedback at Ben Casnocha: The Blog
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I think the most interesting phrase from this post is the Zen Buddhist mantra: "great faith, great question, and great courage" Lately I've been thinking a lot about the tension between faith and doubt, and how it applies to everything in our lives, not just religion. Having great faith means taking it seriously and questioning at every turn. This requires great courage. To be a great writer you have to have absolute faith in your ability as a thinker, you have to be sure that your thoughts are worth sharing and are indeed as profound as you sense they are. But getting the point across is difficult, and you have to constantly question your decisions when writing.
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This is a thought-provoking post. I have two comments: 1. The hawkish right-wing view you describe is more of a recent development than a basic conservative principle. I'd argue you are thinking of neo-conservatism. There are many conservatives who tend towards isolationism. The most prominent contemporary example is Ron Paul, but the sentiment goes all the way back to George Washington, who warned against "foreign entanglements." 2. Reasoned love of country is a tough balance to achieve. I think liberal discontent is a symptom of a longing for progress. Most over-the-top conservative flag waving is probably a reaction to this. There is a time and a place for both. You can appreciate America without complacency, and you can criticize the status-quo without resentment.
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I can definitely relate to your description of your ritual walk to the gym, and how you don't notice your surroundings because it is so ingrained in your mind from repetition. I think there's a positive side to this, too. When you're going about your daily life, in routine circumstances, it is much easier to zone out and think deeply about an interesting concept. When you're in a strange place, you have more distractions (albeit happy, enriching distractions). My goal is to find the right balance between exposing myself to strange new things (via not only travel, but also by reading and talking to people) and giving myself space to digest those things by remaining in the comfort zone of my routine. Also: I hate to nitpick, but if you're referring to the author of "The Art of Travel," it's Alain de Botton (not de Bottom).
Toggle Commented Sep 9, 2009 on Why I Travel at Ben Casnocha: The Blog
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