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Drinking as a Quick Fix - September 9, 2012 - Blog, Culture

Alcohol doesn’t make you feel better. You make you feel better (with a drink). Alcohol isn’t retarding your emotional self, you are. I was writing separate posts, one on getting drunk and another on accidental police shootings, when I kept stumbling on one theme: the quick-fix. These two seemingly distant issues have a common root […]

A Love Letter to Frustrated Digital Changemakers - March 17, 2012 - Culture

Let’s say you’re one of the many activist crusaders who have a clear goal and a good idea of how to get to it using digital strategies. You’re the progressive spawn of cultural evolution and heavenly inluence and are concerned primarily with impacting the world – although you’re not adverse to collecting some pocket money […]

Individual Secure Slave Culture - March 6, 2012 - Culture

We’re on our own, not tied to family. We’re free, individuals in a wide-world full of possibilities. We’re on our own, the lucky ones with the begrudged support of family or government, from the tender age of 18. Or 20. Or 25. We’re free to fly. We’re free to fall. But what is expected, and […]

What if You Never Get What You Want? - February 28, 2012 - Culture

Your dreams may never come true. Sad? That amazonian who wears g-strings around the house… the latest iMac pumped with the fastest gear… that treehouse over a lake just the right distance from a major city. That lifestyle where you are truly free, globehopping on the back of passive income. The trouble with desire is […]

Move On - February 27, 2012 - Culture

move on let go be cool turn over breathe deep chill out look around tidy up empty brain be there enjoy now be nobody care deep love free be alone go home forget names forget places loose things find you

Embrace the Arrogance of Writing for Others - - Culture

You have to recognise the arrogance of writing to bulk advise folks on their issues and personal development. Yes you do. No one’s going to punish you if you don’t get it, but you’ll be dishing out the hurt as long as you’re at your game. It’s an awesome contradiction. To be qualified, you need […]

2011 Year of No Potential Update – on Personal Rewards and Success - February 25, 2012 - Culture

In 2011 I instigated what I called the Year of No Potential. It went OK. But throughout most of this year I learned more fully what I had suspected, that I have absolutely no control over what I get back from life, only what I can put in. In fact I am starting to suspect […]

Realisation is Not Celebrating Our Tiny Little Selves - February 24, 2012 - Culture

Most of the time bloggers crap on about finding themselves. It’s like the ultimate zen goal. But what people are talking about most of the time is so far from the essence of what will actually improve their lives, that it counts as a distraction, a subterfuge. One of the reasons I find it difficult […]

What is a Crazy Person? I’m Just Talking. - February 12, 2012 - Culture

A crazy person is someone who thinks they are better than other people and goes about their days secretly criticising everything and everyone according to their own abstract standards but putting on a show of being nice. I often write and talk like I’m better than other people. But I have earned that right through […]

Why Doctors Can’t Say “Vegan” - February 4, 2012 - Culture

If you suffer from one of the chronic diseases linked to animal foods, like most Australians do at some time in their life, you’re not likely to have heard the vegan word in the Doctor’s office, even though as a rule the diet is the best for reversing your life-threatening condition. Assuming you believe me […]

The Illusion of Freedom - September 10, 2010 - Culture

“When I’m finally working where I want and on what I want, then I’ll be free.” “Freedom is doing what I want, where I want, how I want, for who I want.” Have thoughs like these crossed your mind lately? Be honest, they get to me all the time. If they have, this post’s for […]

No Such Thing as an End - August 17, 2010 - Blog, Culture

We all have goals – and we talk about things being a means to an end. Today Bill asked which was more important. I thought about it, and went beyond my usual idea that means are more important. The ends don’t exist. We have ideas about where and what we want to be, and who […]