Filosophy Phriday: Tripartite Theory

Plato’s tripartite theory of soul is a theory of  soul proposed by the ancient Greek philosopher Plato in his treatise the Republic. In it, Plato argues that the soul is composed of three parts: the appetitive, the rational, and the spirited. These three parts of the soul also correspond to the three classes of a just society. Individual justice consists in maintaining these three parts in the correct balance, where reason (aided by spirit) rules, and appetite obeys.

APPETITIVE The appetitive aspect of soul is the one that is responsible for the base desires within people. It is responsible for the simple cravings needed to stay alive, such as thirst and hunger, and also for unnecessary cravings such as sexual excess or the desire to over-consume at meal time. The desires for necessary things (such as food and drink) should be restricted by the other parts of the soul, while unlawful desires should be restricted completely by the other aspects of soul.

RATIONAL The rational soul (mind or intellect) is the thinking portion within each of us, which discerns what is real and not merely apparent, judges what is true and what is false, and wisely makes the rational decisions in accordance with which human life is most properly lived.

SPIRITED The spirited soul is the source of the desires that love honor and victory. In the just soul, spirit acts as the enforcer of the rational soul, ensuring that the dictates of reason are followed. Emotions such as anger and indignation are the result of the frustration of the spirit.


The Skool of Life

5 Qualities of People Who Change the World

by Srinivas

“Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?” [Speaking to John Scully, 1983] – Steve Jobs

To the mavericks, the misfits, the renegades, rebels and those of you who might have been written off, this one is for you.  It’s the greatest time in history. Your time has come.

1. A Burning Desire to Challenge the Status Quo

People who change the world don’t accept  the status quo.  They have such a burning to desire to challenge it, that they will do whatever it takes if it means changing the world.  Good enough is simply not acceptable to them.  They look at the script that many people live their lives by, tear it up and write their own masterpiece.

2. A Higher Than Average Tolerance for Risk

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Your tolerance for risk will impact your potential to change the world. Your comfort zone is your danger zone because progress doesn’t occur in the confines of your comfort zone. If you are not prepared to watch your world fall apart, pick up the pieces and start all over,  then you may not be ready to change the world. Sometimes it takes a fall from grace to rise to your true potential.

3. The Willingness to Ignore Conventional Wisdom

“Never trust the vast mountain of conventional wisdom. It contains nuggets of wisdom, it is true. But they lie alongside rivers of fools gold. Conventional wisdom daunts initiative and offers far too many convenient reasons for inaction, especially for those with a great deal to lose.” – Felix Dennis, Founder of Dennis Publishing

Conventional wisdom will yield conventional results. If you plan to change the world, then you must embrace uncertainty and walk into uncharted territory.  You must be willing to ditch your roadmap, take the scenic route, write an unwritten story, and realize that you can’t paint a masterpiece on a cluttered canvas.

4. A Desire To Make a Positive Difference in People’s Lives

Osama Bin Laden changed the world. So did those kids at Colombine.  But the difference they made was a bad one. People who really change the world are set on making a positive difference in other people’s lives. If you approach every person  with the intention of leaving them better than when you found them,  you’re headed in the right direction.  This can be done in the context of a business, a non-profit, or even in a relationship from between parent and child. Even if you change the world for just one person,  you’ve left your mark on humanity.

5. Belief in their vision or idea

People who change the world see stories of wild success, game changing moves, and instead of thinking “not everybody can be…” they say to themselves “why not me?”.  The other day I came across the news that Mashable may be acquired by CNN for $200 million dollars and thought,  this could happen to BlogcastFM some day. Talk to anybody who changes the world and you’ll see that they believe so strongly in their vision that they’ve learned to silence the voices of doubt, ignore the critics and naysayers, and charge forward. They’re focused on the end zone. If you don’t believe in your ideas, why would anybody else?

Start chasing extraordinary and it won’t be long before you are

Reflective Happiness

Breaks are times to relax, of course, but there’s something deeply satisfying about having a relaxing and productive break. What makes a break productive? Being productive simply entails accomplishing something significant, something worthwhile—a goal. Often, people think that means something related to school or extracurricular activities, but it could also be an entirely personal project.

I’ve always tried to accomplish at least one goal over my breaks. However, I’ve only had real success over my last two breaks, and I attribute those successes to the steps I describe here. These steps have helped me to read several books, study Japanese independently, meditate, and begin a light daily exercise routine among other things. So without further ado, here are the 3 steps to being productive over spring break: 

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