Entitlement Issues

Today I was pleased to discover that the amazing fiction writer, Mr Neil Gaiman, has his own online blog (I guess an offline blog would be pretty useless, wouldn’t it?). It’s at journal.neilgaiman.com for anyone who’s interested. For those who aren’t, read ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’. A children’s book for adults is a way I’ve heard it described, but it hardly does it justice. I pretty much inhaled the book one weekend, rarely coming out of the story for food, sunshine, or human interaction… Continue reading

Love is a Four Letter Word

Don’t tell me what I don’t want to hear… I’ll just turn it into something else.

“Part of man’s frustration is that he has become accustomed to expect language and thought to offer explanations which they cannot give,” Alan Watts proposes in his classic book The Wisdom of Insecurity, which is still as relevant today (if not more so) than it was when first published in 1951. Continue reading

Thanks for the Lessons

While some people open up easier than others, I truly believe that if you give people a chance they’re probably going to teach you something – or at least confirm something that you only “sorta kinda” knew, but perhaps need to more deeply engrain in your psyche…

For this week’s musings, I’m going to get a bit nostalgic with y’all and share some of my favourite lessons from a few of the interesting people who have kindly shared a little piece of themselves with me. Continue reading

A Victim’s Logo

“Of all the parts of your body, be most vigilant over your index finger, for it is blame-thirsty. A pointed finger is a victim’s logo… No matter how abominable your condition may be, try not blame anything or anybody: history, the state, superiors, race, parents, the phase of the moon, childhood, toilet training, etc… The moment that you blame somewhere, you undermine your resolve to change anything.” – Joseph Brodsky. Continue reading

The Paradox of Our Time (Meh).

“Have we all become so isolated, so lacking in social connection, so busy staring into our devices, that we’re forced into a relationship with a disembodied algorithm? Is that humanity’s final chapter?”

These are some of the questions posed in a recent SMH column, by a writer I’m quite fond of (although don’t know personally). But I don’t agree with everything he says, and on this particular matter my thoughts are, “Who the heck cares?” Here’s a unique and controversial idea – what if we just take care of our own business? Continue reading