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About thoughtfullydetached

I am 50something, born in Scotland, living in England. By profession I am a registered nurse but due to long term illness have not worked for a couple of years. Philosophically I am economically and environmentally radical and socially conservative. This oddity springs from my understanding of my Catholic faith. This blog is an attempt in non-religious terms to express the outlines of that philosophy.

2016: The Beginning of the End?

This year and its predecessor have witnessed a disturbing number of actual earthquakes with consequent loss of life and destruction of property. What, if anything, this tells us about future disasters I could not say. In politics tectonic plates have … Continue reading

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3. The Activist

In his younger days Pierre’s Tintinesque quiff had been quite famous. Now that his hair was markedly thinner it stood less proudly than it had done in its pomp. Nonetheless such as it was it was his and he was … Continue reading

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2. The Newsreader

Marianne ran her fingers through the tightly curled black hair that surrounded the perfect oval face she presented to the world and crossed one elegant leg over another. Like all newsreaders she was employed because of her intelligence, education, articulacy … Continue reading

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1. The Journey Begins

A priest had been murdered. The killers shouted Allahu Akbar before cutting the old man’s throat as he knelt by his altar. “The motive for the attack,” intoned the newsreader with apparent sincerity “is not yet known.” Étienne rubbed the tip … Continue reading

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Think Philosophical, Act Local

The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it  (Karl Marx, 11th Thesis on Feuerbach) This thesis of Dr Marx is accurate so far as it goes I would however propose to … Continue reading

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Tolerance & Indifference

  Tolerance is one of those words which have changed meaning over the course of the last half century or so. Formerly it essentially meant putting up with a thing which you didn’t really like but which getting rid off … Continue reading

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The Structures-A Poem

We chanced upon them In the early morning. One lay, crazily tilted, At an impossible angle. The others, white and upright Stood in their curved straightness.   Above us broken blades thrummed Struck by constant sea-breeze buffets. Why, we asked, … Continue reading

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