Viewing entries posted in February 2011
The astrologer and I met for two hours and nearly all of it
was, to me, utter mumbo jumbo, but one thing she said rang
incontrovertibly true. She said that my Sun is very late
Cancer less than a degree away from Leo;...
'I want my kids to read books, not watch TV.'
So said one of my friends, adding 'I don't want them to be
I pointed out that she was inadvertently branding me a
When I was a kid I didn't read...
Recall the last time a child perhaps your niece or nephew,
your son or daughter said thank you to you. How delighted
were you by their gratitude? How warm was the glow inside?
And now think again.
What kind of pressure was on that...
Why do we spend so much time on the Internet, blogging,
Facebooking, building things together, playing games
together, giving billions of hours of our time and labour
for no obvious financial reward? It's a question I, as a
compulsive blogger, have often asked myself....
Dazu Huike suffered from anxiety. When Bodhidharma refused
to teach Dazu Huike mindfulness, Dazu Huike cut off his arm,
gave it to Bodhidharma, and asked again. Bodhidharma
received the arm and accepted Huike as a pupil. Few of us, I
suspect, feel that the...
It was Jeremy Bentham, I believe, who said there are two
types of people in this world: those who divide the world
into two types and those who do not. Well, these days I do.
On the one hand, I'm constantly surprised by how...
After being out of print for nearly a century, Helen
Keller's sensational collection of essays, The World I Live
In, has recently reappeared in a variety of editions.
Although her life is often remembered as an uplifting tale
of personal triumph over extreme physical...
The Big Society isn't an idea, it's a bunch of thoughts
lumped together under one woolly label. It's supposed to be
simple and easy to 'get', but it's just confusing. And it's
the kind of mistake strategists and consultants make all the
Philosophers love paradoxes. Paradoxes are the common coin
of philosophers from before the Greeks to the present day.
They love problems where logic pulls in two directions at
the same time. Each direction makes sense in its own right;
together they push against each...
Who said that love is a French speciality? A recent survey
shows that more than half of young Britons (far more than
other young Europeans) believe that the most important
factor for their happiness is love. But the survey did not
specify which kind. Did they mean...
If a physician accidentally uttered aloud her private worry:
Just once I wish a I could save a patient! we would rightly
restrict her practice to aromatherapy and the administration
of chalk pills. If a psychiatrist, however, confessed to us:
I just want to...