Category Archives: philosophy

Letter to Bob in the past

Writers Victoria has a regular online exercise. Noè Harsel, who organises and leads it, gives the 20 to 30 participants a prompt. We then need to write something during a 25-minute period. Here is the result of mine. PROMPT: Write … Continue reading

Posted in fun, Inspiration, philosophy, writing | 2 Comments

Kindness and cooperation are hard-wired

I have just finished my latest book, REAL Human Nature. It is an anthology of stories and essays that demonstrate and illustrate that we are not greedy warriors in our basic nature, but generous co-operators. The greed and aggression are … Continue reading

Posted in compassion, philosophy, Psychology | Leave a comment

Can you please beta read a short book?

My next book is REAL Human Nature, a collection of short stories, essays, and posts at Bobbing Around. It focuses on what is good about being human, and it describes my up-and-down path toward enlightenment, which in my opinion is … Continue reading

Posted in philosophy, Psychology, writing | 2 Comments

Nonviolent living

This video by Marshall Rosenberg is less than 6 minutes long, but in that short time it packs a message that would change our world if everyone applied it. Punishment and reward are the same thing. Both punish everyone. Humans … Continue reading

Posted in compassion, Inspiration, philosophy, Psychology | 3 Comments

Philosophy in juvenile jail

I wasn’t sure whether to list this essay under inspiration or philosophy. Andy West regularly visits what in Britain they call prison for children, and teaches the young inmates about philosophy. He implies the reason in the first paragraph: his … Continue reading

Posted in Inspiration, philosophy | Leave a comment

Creativity is the nectar of the gods, by Don Lubov

Creativity is the nectar of the gods. When it flows, it’s the adrenalin in your veins. When bathed in its all-consuming fragrance, you know down to your bones that you’re part of something greater than yourself. You lose all track … Continue reading

Posted in Don Lubov, Guest posts, philosophy | 1 Comment


Personal pronouns seem terribly important to many people in the circles I inhabit. It is almost obligatory to put “she/her” or “he/him” or (grammatical horror) “they/them” as a postnominal, not that you need to earn a degree as with a … Continue reading

Posted in philosophy | 2 Comments

Prattling on the Purple Political Podcast

Radell, an admirable young man, chooses to assess American politics by critically examining both Red and Blue. That’s why he is Purple. Needing yet another colour, he invited me, a Green, onto his podcast. You can listen to our conversation … Continue reading

Posted in Interviews of me, philosophy, politics | Leave a comment

Have you ever heard of Bodhi Day?

Me neither, until I read this post by Andrea. If you read her post, you will find out that it’s the anniversary of the day Gautama gained enlightenment. Oops, I told you, but do read her delightful account anyway.

Posted in fun, philosophy | Leave a comment

A true sign of enlightenment

Imagine this: you are a man with dark skin, riding a bike and minding your own business. A white woman driving a big 4-wheel-drive screams racist abuse and drives at you. Even when you try to escape by getting off … Continue reading

Posted in compassion, Inspiration, philosophy | Leave a comment