Now I’m A Believer

I thought love was only true in fairy tales Meant for someone else but not for me Love was out to get me That's the way it seemed Disappointment haunted all of my dreams Then I saw her face, now I'm a believer. (The Monkees) Using their favoured allegorical method the Monkees here advance a... Continue Reading →

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In Defence of Normal Behaviour

They speak no words of peace, but against the quiet in the land they fashion deceitful speech. (Psalm 35:20) If you are wise enough to avoid Twitter then 'The Great Chinese Prom Dress Scandal of 2018' may have passed you by. Briefly, Keziah Daum, an American teenager in Utah, went to her high school prom... Continue Reading →

How To Find Meaning

How to find meaning Is: stop searching for meaning; It is always here. There are, I think, at least three major assumptions embedded in this micropoem. Namely- 1) That there is a universal human desire to find meaning in life and in the cosmos. 2) That this desire is often expressed in terms of a... Continue Reading →

Freedom of Speech and its Critics

In recent years debate around free speech issues has tended to focus on university campuses (or, strictly speaking, campi.) Radical students have got into the habit of using protest, or the threat of protest, to exclude or disrupt speakers who advance viewpoints which they, the radical students, find objectionable. One of the lines of argument... Continue Reading →

In Defence of White Heterosexual Patriarchs

There is a school of thought which argues that human societies are predominantly characterised by oppression and by the resistance which this generates. The goal towards which such societies should travel is liberation from tyranny and the attainment of equality for all. Following from this there exists an observable hierarchy of oppression and, therefore, of... Continue Reading →

Born Free?

Two historical figures born about a thousand years apart, have played a crucial role in establishing what might be called the mental architecture of the Western world in 2018. One, Benedict of Nursia, has been designated as patron saint of Europe while the other, Jean Jacques Rousseau, might equally well be named as the patron... Continue Reading →

Haiku: Sacred & Profane

  1 Dawn is drably grey, October mist shrouding all. Still, the long night ends. 2 Soft autumn colours In the long evening of life. A voice sings of peace. 3 Sunlit sacred space, Tranquil haven for bruised souls. A healing silence. 4 Night winds infiltrate My dreams, shake them to the roots. A window... Continue Reading →

Ring Out the Old, Ring In the New

Ring out the false Ring in the true Ring out the old Ring in the new Ding-dong, ding-dong (George Harrison) We are forever making, or intending to make, new beginnings. Sometimes our intentions are rooted in a real world event, moving house, starting a new job, changing countries, and sometimes they spring from a symbolic... Continue Reading →

Against Disembodied Ideas

If the institutions of democracy and capitalism are to work properly, they must coexist with certain premodern cultural habits that ensure their proper functioning. Law, contract, and economic rationality provide a necessary but not sufficient basis for both the stability and prosperity of post-industrial societies; they must as well be leavened with reciprocity, moral obligation,... Continue Reading →

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