Tag Archives: Criticism

An Inhalation of Light Which Inhabits

When trying to do something new or hard, especially when people are watching and waiting for you to perform, it’s common to find yourself lacking in confidence and courage. I know I often do. That feeling of trepidation and nervousness … Continue reading

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Are The Controllers of the Dominant Narrative Sane?

Elites spend vast fortunes controlling the dominant narrative. They do this because it’s what works and they have enough money to control it exclusively in their own interests. It’s effective. They make excellent returns on the money they invest in … Continue reading

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Abandoned Projects

I have a lot of different projects I’ve not finished, but I never throw them away. I know that even if I’ve lost enthusiasm for something, it will renew later. I’ve finished many things after allowing them to remain fallow … Continue reading

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Is This the Life You Want?

There are people who spend their waking hours diligently making things awful. They’re “awfulisers”, in the words of cartoonist Michael Leunig. Their net contribution to human life is extremely negative and it undoubtedly would be better if we called these … Continue reading

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Old, Ignored Ideas

Writing something worth reading has become difficult, lately. Due to the chaotic state of global politics, we’re awash with shocking, sickening, outrageous, alarming, disgusting, unprecedented things to read all the time. There are more polemics, accusations and denials than you … Continue reading

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Ethical Erosion

What if every problem that besets humanity could be traced to a single root cause? We may be the authors of our own misery for one very simple reason – we behave badly. We behave badly, because we think we … Continue reading

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Not That Kind of Hippy

I was a late onset hippy. Whereas the summer of love was in the late sixties, in the rest of the world, our far-flung town on the other side of the world really only embraced the values and ideals of … Continue reading

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Frantic Deeds of Lunatic Benevolence

Being the child of immigrants who fled a major world war is a unique experience. Most children, thankfully, don’t have direct, first-hand experience of what it’s like to grow up with parents that, despite their best efforts to carry on … Continue reading

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Everything’s Stuck. Everybody’s Stuck

Ever wondered why Beethoven didn’t invent the blues? After all, he had sufficiently tragic motivations, he had a piano, knew how to play it well and had all the same notes available to him as Ray Charles. Why didn’t he … Continue reading

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You’re Probably Already Doing the Right Things

The blogosphere is saturated with posts telling you what N things you need to do, right now, in order to succeed. The premise, in all of them, is that you’re a dolt, because if you had been doing what the … Continue reading

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