I’ve watched School of Life’s youtube series and they had a shorter video that I watched. I’m most fascinated by his discussion about how religion plans the meeting between people and very specific ideas. I do think we have a lot of insights about how to behave and what we should do morally, but it DOES fall to the wayside. Setting aside times in the calendar to remember and think of things important sounds nifty. Strangely enough, I think it would be more interesting and not restrictive at all. I only say this, because people seem to drift into patterns of behavior, which can become stagnant and boring. A reminder here and there could be the thing needed.
If I might point out there has already been an example in the forum of this practice with a thread talking about setting aside an hour of introspection for ourselves. Clearly it’s not that out there of an idea. Periods during the month, where we stare into space. Imagine if that was a society-wide tradition. Whole cities would reduce light pollution just to consider the importance of the stars. There’s a lot of power there, but it’s so difficult to take the first step. As much as I like talking about, I’m more than confident that the number of steps I would take to set up anything is pretty low. Except for the introspection hour. I’m already trying to pitch it to my roomies. So… that could end up becoming something.
There’s a lot of interesting work coming from Alain de Botton. I’m not sure how as a society we will get to any of the points. Perhaps taking a few traditions and trying to spread with who you know is all that can be done. *shrugs*