The Secret Sorrows of Over-Achievers

It’s often hard not to feel envious of them – as they ascend the stage to collect another prize, float their start-up company, are promoted a decade ahead of their peers…

You Are Not What You Earn

A fundamental belief of the modern world, which explains a lot of our anxiety around failure, is that we are what we earn. When we say this, we mean something very…

Artistic Philanthropy

There’s a large and prominent tradition of philanthropy that wishes to serve civilised values and seeks to promote them via sometimes enormous donations to the arts. A portion of the surplus…

The Valuable Idea Behind the Concept of the Day of Judgement

Across time, various religions have come up with an idea that, today, can sound extremely odd: The Day of Judgement. The suggestion has been that, after we die, the merit of…

The Prevention of Suicide

One of the most surprising aspects about one of the saddest of all human possibilities, suicide, is that the suicide rate goes up markedly the richer and more developed a society…

How to Cope with Snobbery

Why are we so worried about our careers? Why do we care so much about our reputations? Partly it’s to do with money of course, but there’s another, more psychological aspect…