Though we’re conditioned through a seemingly-endless process of education, many of us never feel truly “ready” for life. That’s probably because the things that flummox us the most aren’t taught in school.
The Internet has taken on the role of Agony Aunt for a whole generation, and in the wake of organisations like The School of Life exist to examine some of the existential, practical and introspective issues that plague modern society.
Many of The School of Life’s uploads go towards creating what the channel has dubbed The Curriculum, an assembly of topics around which the most important thinkers and ideas relating to that field are discussed.
The subjects of philosophy, literature (above), art and history make up a large part of the world around us, but contextualising their importance is no trivial feat. The Curriculum aims to connect users with these key concepts with a look at some of the great thinkers.
In addition to forays into philosophy with detailed looks at Nietzche (above), Sartre and Plato, the series looks at how core ideas have impacted upon our lives and shaped the people we have become today.
Psychoanalysis is another interesting field which isn’t taught until later in life (and often not at all). A detailed look at Freud (above) and Winnicott provides an interesting crash course.
In addition to this incredibly detailed and approachable guide to some tricky subjects, The School of Life also examines far more specific topics of interest, like getting married.
Why You Will Marry The Wrong Person
If ever there was a title just begging to be clicked, it’s probably this one. What follows is a sobering look at the human race’s inability to figure out even ourselves, let alone someone else. Cynical it may be, but light hearted it remains – and there’s basically nothing you can do about it anyway.
Status anxiety does not have anything to do with that feeling you get before posting a particularly controversial Facebook update, but rather the feeling of being judged for your choice of profession. It’s surprisingly common to feel inadequate about your day job, but at least now you know why.
The Dangers of the Internet
We’re currently living through the largest social revolution in history, and many of us lament the second we’re out of contact with the online world. Such a ubiquitous technology comes with dangers that run deeper than credit card fraud and malware, and because you’re reading this on the Internet you should probably click play on the video above and find out what they are.
There’s a good chance you’re procrastinating right now, while watching this. Even if you’re not, you’ve probably spent hours in front of YouTube or Facebook instead of getting work done. Maybe you find it happening on a regular basis. This video gives you a chance to get to know your procrastinating self, with the perfect child-like art style and voiceover to boot.
Watch: The School Of Life
The School of Life takes some overwhelming subject matters and makes them easier to understand. It doesn’t give you the answers, but it does tempt you with the thought processes behind some of humankind’s greatest observations.
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What should The School of Life really be teaching?