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The Art of Perspective.
The CAESURA LETTERS is a daily devotional for life-long learners, critical thinkers, mindful questioners, and other hopelessly inquisitive people.
- Forced to be Free (Wednesday, May 27) The paradox of liberty: why living as a ‘free citizen’ inescapably demands living under stringent restrictions and regulations.
- Freedom as Revolutionary Rhetoric (Thursday, May 28) One of the most effective ways to terrify people is to threaten their beliefs about their liberty.
- Freely Strolling on Private Streets (Friday, May 29) The great libertarian thought experiment: what if absolutely everything was the property of someone?
- Harm Principle (Monday, June 1) Possibly the most politically influential axiom of the past 150 years.
- Rule of Liberty (Tuesday, June 2) The unconstrained freedom of the majority is only another kind of tyranny.
The CAESURA LETTERS is a haven of discovery for leaders, educators, academics, theorists, artists, speakers, writers, strategists, and visionaries. Interdisciplinary in scope, we scour the humanities and sciences in quest of the most compelling and provocative ideas, insights, perspectives, and theories.
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Patrick Rhone (author of Keeping it Straight and Enough)
“It’s the most insightful, digestible and thoughtful writing I consume on a daily basis. At the end of each week I feel like I’m better prepared, with a broader perspective on life, to take on the week to come. It seems a bit romantic, but this publication has changed my life. I highly recommend the Caesura Letters to anyone looking to grow as an individual.”
Kevin Van Lierop (founder of utility.bz, co-founder of @thiscityis)
“This is a daily read for me… The letters are very digestible, thought-provoking. I find them profound and inspiring.”
Jocelyn Aucoin (Owner at @LujoRecords)
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Rob Boone (Sssimpli)
“I have read a number of Caesura letters now, and every single one of them after reading has made me pause to reflect on my place in society. I am inspired by this project to always ask myself whether my writing would be compelling enough to stop readers in their tracks…”
Jasmine Hon (Startup London)
“The Caesura Letters offer enough multi-faceted challenge to ignite even a jaded mind. At the same time, the author serves us a subtle and nourishing measure of humour that is his unique stamp on any kind of mind-exploration. Delve into his world, and be prepared to happily toss away complacency. These books are a constant pleasure. Don’t pass one by.”
A. H. Richards (author of Kronos Duet)
“Caesura Letters has become an essential part of my morning routine, and leaves me both inspired and enlightened to start the day.”
Dr. Abram Oudshoorn (Western University)
“James Shelley brings together treasures old and new to spark imaginations, inspire hearts, and focus energies.”
Dr. William Danaher (Episcopal priest, dean, author)
“James can always say in a few words what takes the rest of us a long time. His observations range from the sublime to the pertinent and help to form the building blocks for better communities.”
Glen Pearson (author of A Path Between Two Mothers, Identity, and A Place for Us)
“James Shelley is not just a story-teller, he’s a story-liver. I have never known a more well-read individual.”
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Ando Perez (writer, poet, and meditation teacher)
These words define us.
Daily. The Caesura Letters is like clockwork, providing a dependable cornerstone upon which to build a private, personal discipline of journaling or quiet rumination. Pair with a morning coffee, daily commute, lunch break, or a park bench along an evening stroll.
Devotional. The Caesura Letters is wholly devoted to thoughtful, substantive self-reflection. It is not about trivia, factoids, or random tidbits of knowledge. Rather, it is an ongoing pursuit of wisdom: the kind of knowledge that transforms our approach and attitude to life.
Curious. We readily admit to an all encompassing bias: we want to consider the questions of life from every possible angle. Be warned: you won’t find many pat answers in the Caesura Letters, just compelling provocations to second guess the obvious and rediscover the mysterious.
Contemplative. Every day, the Caesura Letters hinges on a single word, “Today.” From science to ancient literature, we explore ideas that beg for attention and introspection. How will we live the next twenty-four hours differently than we did yesterday?