Conation

Conation is a term that stems from the Latin conatus, meaning any natural tendency, impulse, striving, or directed effort. Conative is one of three parts of the mind, along with the affective and cognitive. In short, the cognitive part of the brain has to do with intelligence, the affective deals with emotions and the conative drives how one acts on those thoughts and … Read more

Euthymia

Euthymia (Greek, “gladness, good mood, serenity”, literally “good thumos”). Democritus used this term in ancient philosophy to refer to one of the root aspects of human life’s goal.

Ubuntu

Ubuntu (uu-boon-tuu) is a Nguni Bantu term roughly translating to “human kindness.” It is an idea from the Southern African region which means literally “human-ness”, and is often translated as “humanity towards others”, but is often used in a more philosophical sense to mean “the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity”.

Hakuna matata

“Hakuna matata” is a Swahili phrase; roughly translated, it means “no worries”. It is formed by the words hakuna (there is not here) and matata (plural form of problem). I would be surprised if you didn’t know about Hakuna Matata. It was made popular by The Lion King, but is a real world phrase about … Read more

Anekantavada

Anekāntavāda (Sanskrit: अनेकान्तवाद, “many-sidedness”) refers to the principles of pluralism and multiplicity of viewpoints, or vantage points, the notion that reality is perceived differently from diverse points of view, and that no single point of view is the complete truth, yet taken together they comprise the complete truth.