Barista Manifesto: 5 Articles to Browse with Your Morning Brew

Do you wake up with deep thoughts? If so, we’re here to help fuel those thoughts with incredible articles that we’ve enjoyed with our morning cup of coffee! Check out these five articles — some recent, some old — that will fuel your thoughts on certain issues!

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ON ROMANCE: WHY YOU WILL MARRY THE WRONG PERSON

“Romanticism has been unhelpful to us; it is a harsh philosophy. It has made a lot of what we go through in marriage seem exceptional and appalling. We end up lonely and convinced that our union, with its imperfections, is not “normal.” We should learn to accommodate ourselves to “wrongness,” striving always to adopt a more forgiving, humorous and kindly perspective on its multiple examples in ourselves and in our partners.”

ON WORK: WHY I TAUGHT MYSELF TO PROCRASTINATE

“Steve Jobs procrastinated constantly, several of his collaborators have told me. Bill Clinton has been described as a “chronic procrastinator” who waits until the last minute to revise his speeches. Frank Lloyd Wright spent almost a year procrastinating on a commission, to the point that his patron drove out and insisted that he produce a drawing on the spot. It became Fallingwater, his masterpiece. Aaron Sorkin, the screenwriter behind “Steve Jobs” and “The West Wing,” is known to put off writing until the last minute. When Katie Couric asked him about it, he replied, “You call it procrastination, I call it thinking.”

ON TRAVEL: 7 REASONS WHY YOUR TWO WEEK TRIP TO HAITI DOESN’T MATTER: CALLING BULL ON “SERVICE TRIPS” AND VOLUNTOURISM

“If you truly want this experience — to change your world perspective, etc. — then at least call it like it is and admit you’re going on a self-fulfillment trip. Don’t call it humanitarian work when the only human benefiting from this experience is you. As Al Jazeera America points out, ‘As admirably altruistic as it sounds, the problem with voluntourism is its singular focus on the volunteer’s quest for experience, as opposed to the recipient community’s actual needs.’”

ON ACTIVISM: THE END OF HUMAN RIGHTS

“What the classical human rights movement has achieved is the recognition of each human being as the moral equal of all others. This is a massive feat. But the nationalist, authoritarian and conservative-religious backlash against the language and practices of secular human rights opens the need for alternative forms of mobilization, of which conventional human rights — meaning civil and political rights diffused from the West — will be just one part.”

ON EDUCATION: THE PURPOSE OF EDUCATION

“We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate. The broad education will, therefore, transmit to one not only the accumulated knowledge of the race but also the accumulated experience of social living.”

What are some articles that you enjoy with your morning cup of coffee? Share in comments below!


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