The world is full of the well-meaning and increasingly, people are so militant about what's helpful that they end up as discriminatory, as aggressive, as pernicious as the thing they swore to destroy. Sometimes its hilariously obvious, such as when people present ideas like everyone is equal and deserves love care and support, EXCEPT YOU, … Continue reading Rethinking the Words We Mistake as Helpful
Some people seem to thrive on conflict, seeking it in the tiniest of causes, heaping on catalysts like vodka on a bonfire. Others make a big thing of despising it, preferring to spread it out over time passively and with sniffy comments. Any extreme is always questionable in managing relationships so some sort of sliding … Continue reading Managing Confict: 6 Key Questions to Ask Yourself
The Buddha once asked that very question and the answer he came with is very interesting to those who want to raise their consciousness or understand their own mind. Mindfulness, whether you believe it’s a quick-cash-cow or a serious spiritual business (a contradiction in terms!) is,on the whole, pretty effective. It’s also widely misunderstood as … Continue reading Is the Mind Your Enemy or Your Friend?
Joe Rogan is an interesting figure. Martial arts champion, host of the most violent sport on television, advocate of recreational marijuana, vehement anti-vegan and accused by both left and right of being the poster-boy for the other side. A recipe, it seems, for one of the most popular podcasts out there and for good reason. … Continue reading Dr Cornel West on the Joe Rogan Podcast
In this age of binary adversity it's almost impossible to engage in nuanced argument. You're either with us or against us is the mantra of Twitter, Loonie Lefty! cries the right, nazi scum! holler the left. I tend to console myself with the words of Bertrand Russell who said The fundamental cause of the trouble … Continue reading The Opposite of Poverty
Happiness: it’s a multi-billion pound industry and it’s held up as everything from the cure for cancer to the reason for being alive. We go on courses, read books, strive and fight and compete and struggle and no matter what we possess, whatever we win, no matter how far we come in life, if we … Continue reading Are You Happy? What are you Even Measuring?
Tim Ferris, a podcaster, author and blogger with a ridiculously large following has interviewed some of the highest achievers in the world. This may depend on how you measure achievement of course but entrepreneurs, athletes, personal development experts religious figures surely must rate highly for most people. In one of his books he notes a … Continue reading Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Positive Psychology is sometimes criticised for over thinking and for really over-reaching on the claim that thought can lead to manifestation. The worst of these claims, in my opinion, is usually wrapped up in the abundance nonsense about how really wishing for something can bring it into your life. Talk about the domain of the … Continue reading Rip It Up by Richard Wiseman
Can there be many educators left that haven't seen Ken Robinson's outstanding and ridiculously popular TEDTalk? Now with over 58 million views on TED's own website alone, former teacher and government education adviser Ken Robinson brilliantly talks us through his views on how we can get the best our of our children by considering some … Continue reading Do Schools Kill Creativity?
Sometimes we have to cut the crap and get down to business. Making educated guesses about people so that we can predict their behaviour is one of the most important things we do as social animals. Even something as tiny as having visible pupils on white backgrounds in our eyes give humans an advantage over … Continue reading These are the Motivators That Every Person Has (Even if They’re Fictional…)