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Obliviously obvious – India is dirty

Reflecting on the thoughts and opinions I entertained while spending time in India, I think that I came away for it having learned new lessons and for those lessons to be shared with people who may not get this experience.  Otherwise, what justifies the indulgence of traveling somewhere to learn when you can stay at home […]

Politics Questions

A letter to Twiggy

Dear Andrew, Your “Our Iron Ore” campaign has ignited the public imagination. It has reminded people that the resources which lie in the ground actually belong to all of us, the people of Australia. On OurIronOre.com, it states, “We are all impacted by the disappearing iron ore dollars in our economy and we want to […]

In my second opinion

Personal Politics Questions Thinking Uncategorized

In my second opinion

What constitutes an informed opinion? Does it follow one infallible source of truth? Or does it come from integrating many truths into one’s own? How wide do we open our minds when forming our opinions? Do we go narrow and deep into one specific area? Or broad and shallow across the best of various ideas? […]

Streams across borders

Questions

Streams across borders

Recently, I attended a talk by a Chinese professor of literature who is translating the novel “Finnegan’s Wake” into Chinese, a task which is not to be taken lightly considering the circumstances. The author of “Finnegan’s Wake” is James Joyce, the Irish author famed for his stream-of-consciousness & idioglottic style. Joyce uses words derived from […]

Choose a better mood

Mindset Thinking

Choosing a better mood

“The most important decision you make is to be in a good mood.” ― Voltaire   Imagine waking up every day and looking out unto the word through a window in a house. The window, your sole portal to the outside world is dirty from built-up grime which makes it very difficult to see clearly. […]

questions and answers

Politics Questions

Answers and questions

“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.” ― Voltaire Politics, or the game of getting re-elected, is one area where the art of dodging pointed questions is considered a required black art, which is either naturally occurring in an individual or acquired via coaching and specialised training. Politicians of the modern […]

Do we learn from our past

Questions

Do we learn from our past?

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” – George Santayana Since the beginning of recorded civilisation, we have documented the key moments from our collective existence and defined it as “our history”.  This history has shown us where we came from, and with some analysis and understanding, serves to provide insight […]

Why not ask wjy

Questions

Why not ask why?

How do we begin to understand our world? From a young age, we naturally question everything. “Why?” asks the child. “That’s why!” replies an adult, and the process is repeated until the child runs out of questions or, more likely, the adult runs out of patience. At some stage in the journey from child to […]