This and That (001)→

So here is today’s version of this and that. It is basically what is bouncing around inside my head. These are the products of books, podcasts, articles, and random thoughts as I go through life. Sometimes connected, but often not.

The Canvas Strategy – Tim Ferriss Podcast, guest Ryan Holiday

As I’m in the midst of a transition myself this was a great reminder about setting the stage for others to succeed. This mindset of service that is not degrading, but advancing both yourself and others really resonates with me as something I’ve tried to do, but never really heard articulated quite like this.

Find canvases on which others can paint

King of Kings – Hardcore History with Dan Carlin

If you are interested in the narratives that make up human history then you should listen to these podcasts.

This one is especially relevant for me as we’ve just moved back from the Near East and the “ghost cities” he talks about were just down the road from what was home a few days ago. These cities that were once marvels of the ancient world, now are just piles of dust, the poppies emerging from the sand to mark where they once stood.

The peoples he talks about (Assyrians, Chaldeans, Persians, Medes) are still there and some are still in the fight for survival. As Dan says, they are essentially still yelling “we’re still here!” even after having experienced genocide (relevant in the 5th-6th c. BC and in the 21st c. AD!)

Religious Pluralism, Globalization, and World Politics – Thomas Banchoff, editor 

I started this book again while we were traveling and really benefited from the first chapter by Thomas Banchoff that sets the stage for the remainder of the book.

Among other themes he points out, one that was especially relevant was the rise of the international human rights scheme. The ability for people to say “we are being slaughtered, but we’re still here!” before the entire world. It is amazing to think about the way the world has changed, the fundamental rights that we grant to an individual, these were almost unheard of in previous centuries.

 

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