Psychological Downsides of Democracy and Equality

Democracy has done a lot for humankind. It made people feel equal and equally important. It made them feel free. As I have just finished reading a great book by Alain de Botton – Status Anxiety,…

Nietzsche’s Attack on Socrates’ Daemon

One might say that Socrates was the first guy who fucked us up. Badly. And here is the reason. According to Socrates’ equation, “reason = virtue = happiness.”  This is probably the single most powerful idea that even today shapes the ideals of a modern man, from our education to the rest of our lives.

Four Irrational Behaviors Voltaire Warned Us About

François-Marie Arouet, better known as Voltaire, is the principal representative of the Age of Enlightenment. He fought passionately against dogmatism of any kind, advocated free speech, was censored, imprisoned and exiled multiple times. His 18th-century…

La Rochefoucauld on The Perverted Nature of Love

François VI, duke de La Rochefoucauld was a 17th-century French nobleman and author. Along with writers such as Vauvenargues, La Bruyère, Chamfort, he was a part of the so-called “French Moralists” – a group of…