Viewing entries posted in March 2010
GreenPorno_Snail1 With the sensual awakening that is spring
at last upon us, we bibliotherapists are pondering the
visual delights of reading.
Reading is such a sensual experience. I remember my first
books, which were old and fusty, not by their content but by
6a00f48d0a1ace0001011016cc1134860d-320pi Mary Warnock had
powerful things to say at the Sunday Sermon. The
'congregation' was impressed by her honest and open
She began by commenting on the shame felt in Parliament
right now, resulting from the expenses scandals. Never
before had she felt it...
4150611965_1e9a68942c There is a revolution happening in
the playgrounds of West London. My five-year-old niece
recently saw a girl bullying one of her classmates. The
teacher intervened and made the bully put on her victim's
pair of shoes, so she would understand what...
184054_Sisyphus%20II Although we may recognize the
importance of hard work, the glamour of success tends to
trump it in our admirations. The graft and grind of real
effort is put into shadow by those whose achievements appear
effortless. The office star promoted ahead...
Morality Since the 1980s there has been a growing division
between private morality and public policy. While people
may be scrupulous about their conduct in their private
capacity, they are embarrassed to use the vocabulary of
morals when it comes to public life. This...
Viki-vik2 Who are your family? If you think the answer's
obvious, you may groan at reports that Pete Docter, director
of Up, dedicated his Oscar to 'the Pixar family' and his
wife and kids. I groaned, then checked my fattest
dictionary, and found...
Thank-you One of the differences between religious and
secular lives is that in the former, one says thank you all
the time: when eating, going to bed, waking up etc.
Why does the secular world tend not to say thank you? At...
Falling dominos You and I have almost certainly never met,
but what happens to you matters to me your health, your
happiness and your wealth and vice versa. Mutuality rather
than independence is the chief characteristic of human life,
whatever we'd like to...
H For centuries, the pursuit of happiness has been
paralleled by the pursuit of the definition of happiness.
From Aristotle through Jean-Jacques Rousseau, John Stuart
Mill and right up to Gretchen Ruben's recent Happiness
Project in America, brains have been switched on to...
Perspective 4 Modern life is an amazing deal. If you make it
to this time tomorrow you'll have gained, for free, another
five hours, by just turning up for life. Yet this huge
achievement, the ever-increasing life expectancy, comes with
scary, unintended consequences: loneliness,...
One of the more embarrassing and self-indulgent challenges
of our time is how we can relearn to concentrate. The past
decade has seen an unparalleled assault on our capacity to
fix our minds steadily on anything. To sit still and think,
without succumbing to...