The Karamazovs on Stage: A Study in Goffman’s Dramaturgical Perspective

Individuals are engaged in a constant process of positioning themselves in relation to one another. Erving Goffman, “The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life”. Erving Goffman’s work on the presentation of self in everyday life can provide valuable insights into the characters of Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov. In his book, “The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life,” Goffman argues that individuals …

The Depths of the Human Condition: A Comparative Study of Ivan and Zosima with Nietzsche’s Zarathustra and Camus’ Meursault

In Dostoevsky’s “The Brothers Karamazov,” the characters of Ivan and Zosima represent two different perspectives on the human condition. Ivan, with his strong intellect and reason, struggles with the idea of a God who allows for the suffering of innocent people. He ultimately rejects the idea of God and religion, leading to feelings of isolation and despair. On the other …

From Isolation to Connection: The Role of Active Love in The Brothers Karamazov

Active love is a powerful tool that can help us to overcome emotional obstacles and build stronger relationships. It is about making a conscious effort to reach out to others, even when we don’t feel like it, and being open to receiving love in return. In the novel “The Brothers Karamazov,” the character of Alyosha serves as a powerful example …

From Socrates to Father Zosima: The Importance of Being True to Oneself and avoiding bullshitting (yes, a cognitive term)

For centuries, people have been debating the concept of being a “bullshitter.” Harry Frankfurt’s book “On Bullshit” finally gave a deeper exploration into this idea, defining it as someone who isn’t concerned with truth or falsehood, but simply with impressing or manipulating their audience. This emphasis on outward presentation can have various damaging outcomes. Socrates and Father Zosima, two figures …

The Paradox of Free Will: Peter Watt’s “Blindsight” and the Human Condition

An electrifying science fiction novel, “Blindsight”, by Peter Watts, delves deep into the murky depths of consciousness, free will, and the meaning of existence. A group of scientists embarks on a quest to contact an alien species known as the “Others”. With each step, they come closer to grappling with the essential question: Is consciousness the essential ingredient for free …

Existentialism in times of deep distress

I hear quite a lot about positive psychology and its focus on the good things that make life not just tolerable, but worth living. Meanwhile, we live in a dystopic pandemic and I have read too much Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard, Dante, Huxley, Camus, and Nietzsche to accept the basis of this psychological movement as the only truth. Then I bumped into …

Awakening from the meaning crisis, in Swedish

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In my last post, I wrote about a life crisis and my way of dealing with it. One of the many ways I chose to take the next step is by engaging in John Vervaeke’s video series “Awakening from the meaning crisis”. Every Monday, I discuss an episode with members of the Future Thinkers network. But to really understand it, …

A personal awakening from the meaning crisis

Sometimes, life doesn’t go as you have thought, and 2019 has delivered personal circumstances I had a hard time seeing coming. It has been really challenging, but in the midst of this, I noticed ways to get out of the mist. The upside of such life-changing events has been that I have reached out to my network of people, that …

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Getting to know yourself can be joyful and distressing. We are complex creatures and of course have strengths and weaknesses. Facing these can be an eye-opening experience. As a part of this life-long journey, I went to Understand Myself – a personality test developed by Dr. Jordan B Peterson and his team. They have constructed the Big Five Aspects scale …