Most people have heard the saying “Work to live, don’t live to work”. The logic of perceived wisdom has generally resonated with me and I felt like I should be aiming for this lifestyle where my working life, my job, was just a means to fund the rest of my time which, according to this saying, should be my true life.
For reasons probably related to the pressure of social norms and my competitive nature I haven’t achieved this state; I have led a career focussed life. Continue reading →
A short post today on a sobering thought I had over the Christmas holidays and that I have pondered a little since.
While watching a film I had the realisation that I would almost certainly never see that film again. It isn’t that it was bad, it is just that with such a huge amount of art to be experienced, it is very unlikely that I will devote another two hours of my life to that particular film. The same can be said for most films, and books and even many places that I visit. I may well never see the Pyramids of Giza again, or read Macbeth again or see the Grand Canyon again. Continue reading →
When Andy Warhol said that in the future everyone would have 15 minutes of world-fame I suspect he didn’t foresee the opportunities that we now have to publish to a wide audience so easily and continuously. We can now experience our own little piece of fame 24/7 through social media, albeit usually on a relatively small scale.
I also suspect that he couldn’t foresee the effect that this small scale fame would have on some of us. Continue reading →
I’m in my mid thirties and I like to go clubbing. Once a year I like to go clubbing in Ibiza because it’s one of the few places where music, people, weather and a liberal attitude combine in perfect harmony.
It makes me happy and harms no one, so why do some people say to me “Why are you doing that? You’re too old. You’re just trying to relive your youth”?
Their comment is a result of something ingrained and unquestioned in their perception of the behaviour of others. Continue reading →
In December 2016 I visited San Diego partly for work and partly for pleasure. This was my third or fourth visit and the city has grown on me more every time to the point where it is probably my favourite city in the US. Continue reading →
A whole swathe of the UK population are demonised as lazy benefit scroungers who can’t be bothered getting a job and instead bleed the country dry claiming huge amounts of money and grabbing free food; this quite obviously isn’t the case. Even if a Continue reading →
One of the books which had the greatest effect on me in my teens was Fahrenheit 451 and I still recommend everyone read it (along with Clockwork Orange, Brave New World, 1984 and Animal Farm). In some ways Fahrenheit 451 seems to have the greatest relevance to our time.
The prediction of a world where we are controlled by vacuous media and books are burned to deny people the knowledge required to question authority seems to parallel our click bait and reality TV dominated world.
However, in the most fundamental way I would argue that Fahrenheit 451 got things wrong. Continue reading →
A quote from Homer Simpson has always stuck in my head
“…every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain..”
Neuroscientists would probably have something to say about the scientific validity of that statement in terms of learning and memory but in the short term, when we think about mental capacity and attention, I think there is something important in there.
I’ll cut to the chase, I recently deleted Facebook from my phone and it has improved my life. Continue reading →
At this time of year I am constantly reminded of my intolerance of other people. When I’m on a train or a plane other peoples’ sniffles can cause a disproportionate level of anger to well up in me. It defies logic, they can’t help Continue reading →