Gabija Grušaitė on AdultingAuthor of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & Vieta2 months ago
When I was 19 year old student in London I had a feeling I know so much about the world. I had opinions and shared them freely with whoever would listen. 😂 With years I felt like I know less and less. Recently I realised that my arrogance is my biggest enemy and tried to speak less, listen more. 🔊🙄 To admit that I don't know. Nobody knows. 🤔 Not even me as an flawed individual but rather our whole civilization. There is so much that is outside of human knowledge, outside of our sophisticated machinery, beyond the reach of causality or explanation. 🤔 "I don't know" is a valid position to be in, it's not a failure or ignorance, but a humbling yet powerful starting point of exploration. 💚 It is so beautiful to see the community of people who are not afraid to venture beyond the boundaries of their current knowledge grow. Qoorio is not only about sharing what you know, but about opening this massive opportunity that lies within the unknown. 💚

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Gabija Grušaitė on AdultingAuthor of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & Vieta2 months ago
10 years ago my first novel "Neišsipildymas" was published (sorry, no English translation yet). It wasn't a best seller, but stirred quite a wild debate in literary circles and got shortlisted for Most Creative Books of 2010 Award. ❤️ This winter we did a small anniversary edition with a minimal, yet classy red cover which I love ❤️ The story is set in pre-social media Europe and depicts wild times in Parisian squats and the darkness of Barcelona streets. Two young women travel, create music and desperately try to define their identity longing to find their own voices. ❤️ However, now I'm over 30 and this story no longer belongs to me, so I have invited Vikę and Mariją (tagged in the comments below, go and check their profiles) to create communication for the new edition. ❤️ They did a wonderful job depicting the fragile and wholesome nature of youth. There is something very delicate about their pictures and quotes from the book they have chosen to share. ❤️ As an artist I do not want to be in control of my work and wish for the stories to live on, change meaning and become fluid, so it was a very good experiment to learn how to let go. ❤️ Young people see the world in a unique way, so I really encourage you to engage youth via Qoorio or other channels. By sharing your life learnings or inviting to help with a project, you not only give an opportunity to grow for the next generation, but learn a lot yourself.

Marija MireckaitėPhotographer. Curious person.
Gabija, it is still one of my favorite projects to this day❤️ Thank you for your trust
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Gabija Grušaitė on AdultingAuthor of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & Vieta3 months ago
Continuing the topic of intellectual humility, I wanted to explore my own boundaries of curiosity and venture into the land of anti-vaxxers and flat earth society. 🌎 Would I be able to break down my own sense of superiority and try to look at the reasons why our society is becoming so polarised that on one believes anything? 🌎 This article by Charles Eisenstein gives a lot of insight into the collapse of trustfullness in our society and explores conspiracy theories as a myth that helps to shine light into the shadows. 🌎 My favorite bit in the article: "The British scientist Rupert Sheldrake told me about a talk he gave to a group of scientists who were working on animal behaviour at a prestigious British University. He was talking about his research on dogs that know when their owners are coming home, and other telepathic phenomena in domestic animals. The talk was received with a kind of polite silence. But in the following tea break all six of the senior scientists who were present at the seminar came to him one by one, and when they were sure that no one else was listening told him they had had experiences of this kind with their own animals, or that they were convinced that telepathy is a real phenomenon, but that they could not talk to their colleagues about this because they were all so straight." 🐕🐩 Dogs know things, right? Almost all of us experience the fact that they understand the world with much more depth than we assume, however, we do not know the mechanisms behind it. 🌎 But it does not mean that it does not exist. 🐕
The Conspiracy Myth | Charles Eisenstein
charleseisenstein.org
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Gabija Grušaitė on AdultingAuthor of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & Vieta3 months ago
Really good short video on importance of intellectual humility and the power behind admitting that ALL of us are sometimes wrong. I have noticed that the more I admire the person and think they are exceptionally smart, the more that person would shake head and talk about how much she doesn't know yet. Intelligent people come to peace with their own ignorance and take it as a positive departure point for their personal journey. Yuval Harari attributes the current scientic achievements to the fact that at some point we as society discovered how much we don't know. This Sunday I wish you all to discover your own personal ignorance and share the journey with the rest of us on here, on Qoorio. https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p08d53s8/the-importance-of-knowing-you-might-be-wrong
The importance of knowing you might be wrong - BBC Reel
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Gabija Grušaitė on AdultingAuthor of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & Vieta3 months ago
When I was a kid I really really hated school 😳 It made me feel miserable and hopeless. Even though I always had nearly perfect grades and had been the best in class in almost all subjects (not maths and physics 😅), intuitively school curriculum felt like a dead end road. After graduation, life slowly got better and I enjoyed uni time 🎓❤️ Now I start to understand why: in school all the problems had right and wrong answers. We never ventured into unknown and never learnt how to deal with situations that don't have single solutions and nobody knows the correct way out. 😔 I had to unlearn this simplistic way of seeing the world in order to live the life I dreamt of 🌍🦄 There is a great deal of things to learn and even more that we need to unlearn 🤯 I hope that this community of people sharing their experiences on Qoorio will help us all to grow 🌱🌷
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Gabija Grušaitė on AdultingAuthor of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & Vieta3 months ago
No, it's not! I think one of the worse things that can happen to a human is to live a life without ever grasping depth of existence or feeling the grandness that surrounds us. Share your insights on Qoorio, let's help each other grow and live our best lives.
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What keeps us healthy and happy as we go through life? Over 80 percent of millennials said that a major life goal for them was to get rich. And another 50 percent of those same young adults said that another major life goal was to become famous. The Harvard Study of Adult Development may be the longest study of adult life that's ever been done. What are the lessons that come from the tens of thousands of pages of information that have been generated on these lives? Well, the lessons aren't about wealth or fame or working harder and harder. The clearest message that we get from this 75-year study is this: Good relationships keep us happier and healthier. Period. Close relationships, more than money or fame, are what keep people happy throughout their lives. Those ties protect people from life’s discontents, help to delay mental and physical decline, and are better predictors of long and happy lives than social class, IQ, or even genes. We've learned three big lessons about relationships. (1) The first is that social connections are really good for us, and that loneliness kills. It turns out that people who are more socially connected to family, to friends, to community, are happier, they're physically healthier, and they live longer than people who are less well connected. And the experience of loneliness turns out to be toxic. People who are more isolated than they want to be from others find that they are less happy, their health declines earlier in midlife, their brain functioning declines sooner and they live shorter lives than people who are not lonely. (2) And we know that you can be lonely in a crowd and you can be lonely in a marriage, so the second big lesson that we learned is that it's not just the number of friends you have, and it's not whether or not you're in a committed relationship, but it's the quality of your close relationships that matters. It turns out that living in the midst of conflict is really bad for our health. High-conflict marriages, for example, without much affection, turn out to be very bad for our health, perhaps worse than getting divorced. And living in the midst of good, warm relationships is protective. (3) And the third big lesson that we learned about relationships and our health is that good relationships don't just protect our bodies, they protect our brains. It turns out that being in a securely attached relationship to another person in your 80s is protective, that the people who are in relationships where they really feel they can count on the other person in times of need, those people's memories stay sharper longer. And the people in relationships where they feel they really can't count on the other one, those are the people who experience earlier memory decline. And those good relationships, they don't have to be smooth all the time. Some of our octogenarian couples could bicker with each other day in and day out, but as long as they felt that they could really count on the other when the going got tough, those arguments didn't take a toll on their memories. So this message, that good, close relationships are good for our health and well-being, this is wisdom that's as old as the hills. Why is this so hard to get and so easy to ignore? Well, we're human. What we'd really like is a quick fix, something we can get that'll make our lives good and keep them that way. Relationships are messy and they're complicated and the hard work of tending to family and friends, it's not sexy or glamorous. It's also lifelong. It never ends. The people who fared the best were the people who leaned in to relationships, with family, with friends, with community. The Harvard Study of Adult Development: https://www.adultdevelopmentstudy.org
Harvard Second Generation Study
www.adultdevelopmentstudy.org
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Marius Rimaitis on Family of doctorsDoctor, Anesthesiologist, PhD student
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The wisdom of children Several days ago me and my family were having a picnic near a beautiful lake of Kalviai (one of the best lakes to hang out near Kaunas). The way to the beach leads near a surprisingly interesting church and a statue of a fish which is said to fulfill your secret wishes if you touch it. Well, we said our 6-year-old if he wanted to touch it. I was expecting to hear some desire for a thing (what I was thinking is a likely statement from a pre-school kid). He came to the fish, touched it and said “I want to grow healthy and strong”. I still feel touched by the deepness and wisdom of the child’s wish. In this materialistic world, many adults have a lot to learn from kids.
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The apartments are often to be suspected to be too hostile for plant growth, as the indoor environment conditions are too warm and too dry. Can plants grow healthy and luxuriant in a space designed for human accomodation? The World Health Organization's standard for comfortable warmth is 18 °C for normal, healthy human adults who are appropriately dressed. The optimal room temperature usually depends on its use. Usually its around 18 to 22 degrees Celsius. A usual range for indoor humidity generally falls between 30 and 50 percent. Is where a natural place on Earth with the similar natural conditions which are constant all year round? Yes. For example, it is Swakopmund in Namibia. The place gets just over one cm of rain every year, with a consistent six to seven hours of sunshine every day. Average minimum temperatures are between 10 and 16 degrees Celsius, while the average maximums are within the 18 to 23 degree range. As a conclusion- we all do enjoy “Namibian” climate in our apartments, so do the plants originating from Namibia. All forms of crassulas, aloes, stapelias- are the perfect cohabitants to choose. They would feel happy they are back home and fine with no expected rain.
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Gabija Grušaitė on Creative writing & publishingAuthor of Stasys Šaltoka, Co-Founder of Qoorio & Vieta4 months ago
Wild times call for wild books. Since Mr. President has a certain obsession with post office, I thought, it might be a good time to read “Post office” by Bukowski. If the rent is due and you have no idea what to do, this is The Book 📖 It explores the depth of desperation and provides a glimpse of hope that people are able to withstand just about anything. Even a dull and mind-numbing shifts in post office. And still manage to become the world famous writer. Hate your job? 🙄 Bukowski did hate his for sure! But in the end, it was worth it as he succeeded in writing an awesome ode to all the most horrible jobs in the planet. Enjoy with nice stiff drink and let me know what you think 🍺🍷 Please comment 👇👇👇to let me know what kind of books you are looking for or request a Talk in my profile 👌
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