Would Mesmerism prove any more effective than any of the other thus far useless approaches which promised salvation?
A descent into silence and meditation. A search for the soul.
Does it work?
The soon to be ex President of the USA represents everything that is wrong with our species and yet what must it be like to live inside that shell of violent emotion? We should pity the man and people like him.
Recently, gardening has become more than a metaphor for me. I have followed Candide in a literal sense and found great peace in our garden.
I have not found it any easier to accept uncertainty in recent years despite my intellectual acceptance that it is unavoidable.
It is very disappointing to have given in to anger, which in retrospect could easily have been averted by withdrawing from the scene.
Can we ever know ourselves? And what is there to know?
I’m pretty relaxed about the whole thing and since I have self isolated now for nigh on 30 years, I’m not too bothered about keeping myself to myself. If the writing is on the wall, so be it.
I was struck today when looking at my collection of Blog “Tags” just how much they reveal about my character and obsessions.
No, I am minded to believe you should remain firmly rooted in the present, making new experiences.
I believe on any number of counts, including personal experience, that we have the power to choose to be happy but the road is not altogether straightforward.
The parallels between Taoism and the Algorithm are unmistakable, comforting and instructive.
How much better you feel when you focus on the good and ignore the bad.
The internet is colonized by those who do not know that they do not know. Fools to put it less politely. Why?
It is easy enough to empathize with addicts if, for large chunks of your existence, you have had an overwhelming need to get out of your own head.
I spent the week incarcerated in Calais. It lead me to contemplate the unimaginable horror of prison life.
Objectively, as a mere means of reproduction, it is hard to see how sex can be considered disgusting. And yet many humans consider it so.
Should sore points be discussed and settled in the open or be buried in the hope they will go away?
If you are going to talk to people at all, make sure they are people you do not know and are foreign as regards your class, tribe or social milieu.
“Exi ergo, transgressor. Exi, seductor, plene omni dolo et fallacia, virtutis inimici, innocentium persecutor.”
Reading of the demise of renowned fund manager Neil Woodford, I was reminded of my deep capacity for destructive cynicism. … More
In the mental world, in our interior “reality” we can find whatever we want. Whatever we are looking for.
In the featured image, Leni Riefenstahl and a camera crew stand in front of Hitler’s car during the 1934 rally … More
Whether or not you win a conflict, something will have been lost.
Good on Gillette: it would be hard to deny that male aggression has played a vast and malignant role in our history.
Given the basic needs of life and in the absence of physiological abnormality, the solution is fairly simple. The trick … More
It seems so inordinately difficult to be a decent human, unless you were born that way.
Pavlov’s dog aside we do not expect, largely, to change the nature or behavior of an animal. Why should we expect to change our own?
The unknowing fool is one who does not know he does not know.
The legend of El Dorado, a fabulous golden city in South America, inspired many expeditions in the 16th Century in search of wealth and excess.
Is the internet a curse or a blessing? Used carefully, in my opinion it is a huge blessing.
I was wondering whether I really mean what I write? Or to turn it round another way, do I write what I mean?
Internet forums are the perfect place to understand the petty origins of conflict. The Troll must be studiously ignored.