Beyond travel, an insatiable lust for knowledge will always assist in ones ability to see the truth of the world, and its politics, as well as how one can approach everyday life in a positive, rewarding, and fulfilling way. Without constant growth, there is stagnation and infestation of misinformation and false perspectives. That is why I seek out as many outlets and points of view as I can, because it pushes me to rethink my views, the way I treat others and understand their behavior, while also inspiring deep, transformative thought and inward exploration. This is necessary for leading a happy and grounded life with a deep-seated understanding of truth and reality.
I take full advantage of my local library system. Additionally, I like finding good deals on thrift book sites. But perhaps most influential is audio books and audio courses. Audible has been a reliable and easy to use source, especially when I’m traveling. And Audible is actually how I found out about the Great Courses program, which is a service that brings university professors into your living room or onto your phone. They offer audio and video courses from some of the greatest minds, who explore a wide range of subjects, from botany to philosophy, as well as science, health, travel, fine arts, language, history, and beyond.
Currently, I’m taking one of their botany courses. Difficulty levels range, but the beauty of the service is that there’s so much to learn from, and you can go at it at your own pace. AND there’s no homework! Woot. Overall, I found the approach to be comforting and the professors to be knowledgeable, enthusiastic and comprehensive in their presentations. With a handy app, you can download or stream courses that fit your interest and level of commitment. The Great Courses Plus comes out with new courses all the time, and right now, you can choose from hundreds of different college classes, and stream within seconds. Amazing, right?
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