FYI October 22, 2019

On This Day

451 – The Chalcedonian Creed, regarding the divine and human nature of Jesus, is adopted.
The Chalcedonian Definition (also called the Chalcedonian Creed) was adopted at the Council of Chalcedon in AD 451. Chalcedon was an early centre of Christianity located in Asia Minor (modern Turkey). The council was the fourth of the Ecumenical Councils that are accepted by Chalcedonian churches which include the Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, and most Protestant churches. It was the first council not to be recognised by any Oriental Orthodox church; these churches may be classified as non-Chalcedonian.



Born On This Day

1897 – Marjorie Flack, American author and illustrator (d. 1958)
Marjorie Flack (22 October 1897 – August 29, 1958)[1][2] was an American artist and writer of children’s picture books. Flack was born in Greenport, Long Island, New York in 1897.[3] She was best known for The Story about Ping (1933), illustrated by Kurt Wiese, popularized by Captain Kangaroo,[1] and for her stories of an insatiably curious Scottish terrier named Angus, who was actually her dog. Her first marriage was to artist Karl Larsson; she later married poet William Rose Benét.

Her book Angus Lost was featured prominently in the movie Ask the Dust (2006), starring Colin Farrell and Salma Hayek, in which Farrell’s character teaches Hayek’s character, a Mexican, to read English using Flack’s book.

Marjorie Flack’s grandson, Tim Barnum, and his wife, Darlene Enix-Barnum, currently sponsor an annual creative writing award at Anne Arundel Community College. The award, called The Marjorie Flack Award for Fiction, consists of a $250 prize for the best short story or children’s storybook written by a current AACC student.



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Zat Rana:
Here is the new essay of the week:

How Your Identity Makes the World a Worse Place – The self is an individual experience; an identity is a shared label. Most people who are attached to an identity limit the agency of the self, which I argue has its root in the fear of pain. Thoughts on why what most people think of as selflessness is usually selfishness (Pocket).

Here is another piece that I wrote:

Is Success a Product of Luck or Agency? – If the laws of physics deem something to be possible in the future, the only constraint to any kind of success is knowledge. Here I touch on how knowledge is earned through both luck and agency (Pocket).

A quote that I’ve been pondering:

“It has often been said that power corrupts. But it is perhaps equally important to realize that weakness, too, corrupts. Power corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many. Hatred, malice, rudeness, intolerance, and suspicion are the faults of weakness… When it is their power to do so, the weak destroy weakness wherever they see it.” – Eric Hoffer

A book that I’ve been enjoying:

A General Theory of Love – This is an interdisciplinary study of love. I’d vaguely understood the science of parent-children relationships and how they shape the way we connect with others, but the focus on how the limbic brain synchronizes people’s nervous systems was fresh and fascinating. I liked it more than I thought I would.

An idea that I’ve been playing with:

Most superficialities people strive for are useful but not interesting. Money, power, prestige all have value. It’s not immoral to pursue them. In many cases, it may even be important. But when these things are pursued as ends, you sacrifice your natural, inner curiosity, not realizing until it’s too late. Pursuing interestingness is more fun.

An interesting question to think about:

How many opinions do you accept simply because you fear saying “I don’t know”?

As always, thoughts and criticisms are more than welcome, too.
Talk soon,
Zat Rana



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