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Table of ContentsI. About Me
II. Selected Posts
a. Philosophy
b. Psychology
c. Urbanism
d. Miscellaneous
III. Contact Information

I. About Me

Hello! I’m Aushaf — an aspiring writer based in Melbourne, Australia.

If you know me well, you know I spend a ridiculous amount of time pondering what it means to be human. I don’t know why I’m so bothered by that question, but it’s the main driving force behind all my endeavors, personal and professional alike — that includes my writing.

To that end, I learn Philosophy and Psychology like there’s no tomorrow. My goal is to present you with…


Feeling hollow? Existential philosophy is here to help.

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Perhaps existential crisis is an inevitable part of the human condition.

Anyone reflective enough to spare a minute or two to question their existence and their reason for being; will begin to crave a sense of longing for a meaningful life — and the inability to fulfill this longing then causes a downward spiral of rumination.

Does that description resonate with you? Have you ever asked yourself:

  • Why do I exist?
  • What am I living for?
  • What do I want to do?
  • How should I spend this finite time?

It’s perfectly fine to not know the answers to these questions…


Adopt these habits to enhance your learning process.

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A few days ago, I finished reading Leonardo da Vinci’s biography by Walter Isaacson. This book is easily the best 30 bucks I’ve spent in lockdown. Such an amazing read! My mind was absolutely blown.

I’m sure you know who Leonardo da Vinci is (or at least have heard his name before), but I’ll refresh your memory anyway: With expertise spanning virtually all fields known to man — arts, science, engineering, humanities — Leonardo has been dubbed the “Renaissance Man.”

He is, arguably, history’s most creative genius.

How is it possible to become an expert in so many fields? And…


You have an inner compass to help you find direction.

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“Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.” — Frank Herbert

What is reality? All we know is it’s unknowable. Great efforts have been made to comprehend it, through mythology, philosophy, and ultimately, science. But there are still limits to human existence we can’t yet overcome.

Reality is woefully complex and too absurd for our feeble minds. To make it bearable, we reduce it to a simpler form we can understand. …


Use this in your creative work to make it more meaningful.

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I’m Indonesian by origin.

Simply saying I’m from Indonesia doesn’t explain a thing, though. The country is the biggest archipelago in the world, with over 17000 islands that house over 1300 ethnic groups, who speak over 700 languages (which also makes it the 2nd most linguistically diverse country in the world).

Can you imagine how culturally diverse it is? When someone says, “I’m Indonesian,” that’s an over-generalization. They could live in any of those 17000 islands, belong to any of those 1300 ethnic groups, and speak any of those 700 languages. You’d have to ask them, “Which part of Indonesia…


Aren’t you tired of keeping up a façade?

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“The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool.”

— Lester Bangs

It’s been almost two years since I’ve moved abroad. People back home seem to think I’m happy here, with new friends, new experiences, a new life. And I am happy. But nothing’s ever that unidimensional. I’m happy because I choose to be, not because my life’s perfect and thus it makes me. …


The people-watcher who loved cities.

William Hollingsworth “Holly” Whyte (left), during a visit to downtown Chattanooga in 1984. Photo: Chattanooga Public Library.

“What attracts people most, it would appear, is other people.”

— William H. Whyte in The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces (1980)

William Hollingsworth Whyte, known affectionately as “Holly,” was an American urbanist who lived during the 20th century. An exceptionally influential figure, Whyte was the mentor of many other “urban legends” who lived in the same era, such as Jane Jacobs and Fred Kent.

Later, his ideas were also picked up and built upon by other renowned urban thinkers, such as Jan Gehl, Donald Appleyard, Allan Jacobs, Clare Cooper Marcus, Galen Cranz, Robert Sommers — the list goes…


The journalist who vibe-checked modern urban planning.

Jane Jacobs c.a. 1961. Photo by Phil Stanziola on Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain.

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”

— Jane Jacobs in The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961)

For anyone who dabbles in urban planning and all its related fields, Jane Jacobs is certainly a familiar name. She was an American-Canadian journalist, author, and activist who tremendously influenced the field of urbanism, despite having no formal training or academic degree in it.

Her magnum opus, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, is arguably the most influential and widely read literature on the field of…


As a communications strategy, city branding can be highly effective. However, is it ethical?

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Cities are gargantuan entities. They’re simply too big for the human vision to perceive in entirety, so the image of a city you have in your head isn’t actually what the city looks like, but merely your perception of it.

Furthermore, our perceptions are affected not only by visuals or aesthetics, but also by social, cultural, and emotional aspects. With those multiple facets come endless variations of images. The cities stay as they are, but each of our brains perceives their form differently and thus produces distinct identities of the same city.

Bottom line is, your San Francisco is different…


Try looking outwards as much as you look inwards.

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The self-help industry is colossal.

According to research, the industry is worth approximately $11 billion in the US alone, and the trend suggests it’ll continue growing.

With the world in its current state, people’s need for positive affirmation has surely gone through the roof. Guess what they’ll turn to fulfill it? Self-help is a highly likely option. It’s easy, it feels good, and it’s all over the place — but is it effective?

While I have fallen to this trend like many others, I don’t favor it any longer. …

Aushaf Widisto

I write to comprehend humanity. If you enjoy my stories, consider buying me a coffee: ko-fi.com/aushaf.

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