Death. When we hear about it, usually on the news in the form of murders and wars, it is presented as shocking and rare events. The rest of the time, we take cues from our youth-centric culture to live in a cocoon of apparent immortality. Yet, we all know we will die. It is as inevitable as paying taxes. And it much more common than we think.
Guess how many people died in the United States last year? 5,000, 100,000, more? Continue reading “The Statistics Of Our Death (2 min read)”
One thing is clear in life: there will times of success and there will be times of loss. When I think of the economy, I think of market bubbles and their collapse. When I think of my personal life, I think of times of being “in the zone” and times when I feel I have lost something or someone dear to me. So how to get one’s head around all of this? Continue reading “Dealing With Success And Loss”
It seems so natural to us, that we often forget than we can stop worrying. As is often the case, Dale Carnegie seems to have worked it out in How to Stop Worrying and Start Living. Here are some of the highlights from the 1948 classic : Continue reading “How To Stop Worrying”
The beauty of Shakespeare’s works is that they can interpreted in many different ways. One of my favourite is to think of his biggest plays as representing the three stages of life- youth, adulthood and old-age: Continue reading “The 3 Stages Of Life According to Shakespeare”
Doomer, prepper, primitivist, romantic, survivalist, millennialist, catastrophist* : these are all types of people that believe one way or another that civilisation as we know it is coming to an end. Many take the next step and join or set up communities that would survive such an outcome. Dylan Evans was one such person. In 2006, he quit his job as an academic and sold his house to fund the “Utopia Experiment” – a post-apocalyptic styled community in the Highlands of Scotland. Continue reading “No Place Like Utopia”
It’s easy to forget how young social media is: Facebook, Twitter and the iPhone were all launched around 2006 and 2007. Since then, it has connected people in ways never seen before. The young live through it, the very young are educated on devices that will lead them into it, and older people complain about it while voyeuristically using it.
Continue reading “Let Your Children Take Risks In the Real World, Not the Digital One”