My FavoUrite Essays
The Calvin and Hobbes set sitting on my bookshelf is my most prized possession. Bill Watterson, the creator of legendary comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, is in my opinion world’s most imaginative person. After all, he spent a decade of his life living inside the head of a six year old boy. In 1990, Watterson gave a commencement speech at his Alma Mater.
To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, Watterson said in his talk, “but it’s still allowed, and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble.”
Being a self-proclaimed life long learner, I’m always looking for the most effective methods of learning. John Denker is a Physicist and his article on Spiral Approach to learning is one of the most eye opening piece I’ve read on the subject of meta-learning. He writes, “Learn a few rough ideas, then spiral back, making connections between the ideas. Then keep spiraling back again and again, gradually adding new ideas, refining the ideas, and making more connections, checking to see in what ways each idea is consistent (or inconsistent!) with the others.” For that matter, John’s blog is a gold mine of ideas and deep insights.
In 1911, Theosophical Society founded The Order of the Star and proclaimed that the world would soon be guided by a spiritual teacher and he would head the order. The Society identified a young boy named Jiddu Krishnamurti and groomed him for many years from a very young age to assume the role of world spiritual leader.
On August 3, 1929, the opening day of the annual Star Camp at Ommen, Holland, Krishnamurti dissolved the order before 3000 members. Truth is a Pathless Land is the talk he gave on that day.