A Hidden Wholeness

“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.” – Aldous Huxley.

I’m not (overly) ashamed to read the occasional self-help book, as long as it’s not poorly written and isn’t too ‘self-helpy’. Today I was reading A Hidden Wholeness, by Parker J Palmer. So far, this book seems to be pretty good. It’s more about Parker’s view on the need for social change and his suggestions for how we can create it, rather than some bullshitty nonsense. Continue reading

Free Writing: Homogenised, Unheard & Invisible.

I’m not sure what I’m going to blog about this week.

Sometimes, the only way to figure out what to write is to start writing. This is the stuff writers’ workshops are made of – “free writing”, they call it. It’s where you unleash all your hidden thoughts onto paper, often surprising yourself with what comes out, writing about topics that you hadn’t even noticed were lying dormant, deep in your subconscious.

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I walk past the old

buildings of my hometown

and think of the


who’ve walked the same path

perhaps with same stride.

And as their heels lift

they turn to dust.


(Perhaps remembering death is the best way

to remember to stay alive?)

Is Free Will an Illusion?

It’s kind of disheartening when you delve deep enough into physics to come to the conclusion that free will can only be an illusion. We think we have a choice: we feel conflicted when we choose where to live, what to eat, or which pair of socks to put on of a morning. But much like the flow of time, which seems to be so undeniably real and linear but is not, our free will may be nothing more than an illusion.

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