Category Archives: philosophy

Feeling down? Joan can help.

That’s Joan Edwards, whose post makes me feel she is my fairy godmother. Please read her essay, “Who is in your corner?” Advertisements

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How to improve your inner beauty

This is a brief extract from From Depression to Contentment: Send out good The most important good thing you can send out is metta. What is that? Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your … Continue reading

Posted in Bob's Books, philosophy, Psychology

What can we do about the environment: an answer at Quora

You may have read previous answers from me to similar questions, but I have given a fuller one here. If you haven’t, you may find it a novel way of looking at our future, and what we can do about … Continue reading

Posted in Climate change, compassion, environment, philosophy, Projects

Human nature being what it is…

We are in the middle of the Australian election campaign. I was riding around on my bike, letterboxing (for the Greens of course), when I saw a long stream of delightful human puppies running, jogging, walking or struggling along, supervised … Continue reading

Posted in compassion, fun, Inspiration, philosophy

Understanding why extinctions matter

Russell McLendon beautifully explains one of my clichés: “when you unravel the web of life, we also fall through the hole.” His essay goes from the practical to the sublime, and is a must-read. If you have the time, you … Continue reading

Posted in Climate change, environment, philosophy

There is no economy on a dead planet

Last week, I posted a response to a recent political event. Facebook chose to delete my post, but after I complained, they rejuvenated it. Please share the graphic:

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Basketballer scores with “irredeemable” kids

LeBron James is a basketball legend, despite a terrible start in life. His education was disrupted because he and his mother were effectively homeless — but, thanks to a number of mentors, he surmounted his difficulties, and built a great … Continue reading

Posted in Bob's Books, Inspiration, philosophy, Psychology

Generosity defeats crime

What do you do to a shoplifter? Call the cops, of course. Jitendra Singh instead chose to talk to the boy, and ended up making a gift of food to him. THIS is what life is for: not wealth, power, … Continue reading

Posted in compassion, Inspiration, philosophy

New Zealand gets rid of an insane economic measure

My long term friends know I think the GDP is insane. If I drive recklessly and cause accidents, I raise the GDP: smash repairs, insurance, police fines, maybe lawyers and judges, maybe jail all add to the GDP. If I … Continue reading

Posted in good news, philosophy, politics

Guns Down, by Igor Volsky

You may have read that the NRA started as an organization for sportsmen and hunters and only turned their focus towards politics in the 1970s when more radical members took over the organization. But that’s not true. “Such [gun control] … Continue reading

Posted in Inspiration, philosophy, politics