Tag Archives: Courage

On Self-Determination

Being in command of your own destiny is a funny thing. Too little and you have no freedom or liberty. Too much and you harm yourself and the community around you. There is a delicate balance to be struck between … Continue reading

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Lost Mozarts, Lost Picassos, Lost Teslas

There’s an old joke in which a man inherits a dusty old violin and an aged oil painting from a dearly departed distant relative. Disinterested in these objects for their intrinsic or nostalgic value, he decides to get them appraised … Continue reading

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I Don’t Get What You Don’t Get

But you don’t get what I don’t get either. Mutual understanding is insanely difficult to build, mainly because we conflate critiques of our most fervently held beliefs and ideas into insulting, personal attacks on our very core identities. We don’t … Continue reading

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The Sanctity of Making

I realise, now, that my relationship to making things, whether that be products, art, something useful for the home, or even a piece of writing, is peculiar. I grew up in an environment where the act of making things was … Continue reading

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Learning is Terrifying

We think of learning as a net positive thing and it undoubtedly is, but it’s also a psychological battlefield. When you learn new things, you put yourself in situations where you don’t know what you’re doing. You’re often completely clueless, … Continue reading

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How to Nudge, Not Yank

Recap Regular readers will recall that, not so long ago, I talked about untold stories – the stories we don’t tell ourselves, as a population, but which we urgently need to articulate, to avert existential crises. My reasoning was that … Continue reading

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Creative Tensions

Everything seems to be in tension, lately. Creating always involves a form of high wire balancing act, without a net. They tell you there is one right way to solve all your creative difficulties, but is there? Any brief survey … Continue reading

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