On Not watching TV and Meditating Instead (a lifestyle experiment)

  The Dalai Lama of Tibet practices meditation four hours a day, the same length of time the average American spends watching TV. Now it’s obvious I’m not the Dalai Lama, and I’m reasonably certain I’m not his reincarnation born 40 odd years too early either, but like the DL I have recently tried to […]

A Summary of Zygmunt Bauman’s ‘The Individualised Society’, Part Two – The Way We Think

  Part Two – The Way We Think Chapter Seven – Critique – Privatised and Disarmed More than anything else so far this chapter represents a nice summary of some of Bauman’s major ideas. What is wrong with our society is that it has stopped questioning itself. We are reflexive but it is a limited […]

Summary of Zygmunt Bauman’s The Indivdualised Society (preface)

  It may sound odd doing a summary of a preface, but there is a lot of heavy stuff in here…. According to Bauman ‘Sociology can help us link our individual decisions and actions to the deeper cause of our troubles and fears – to the way we live, to the conditions under which we […]

How the median income earner could retire at 52

Over the summer I worked out that a 35 year old earning the median salary could potentially retire at 52, if they just stop buying crap they don’t need now. In contrast, the expenditure levels of the average worker-consumer effectively tie them into working until the current standard retirement age of 68. This post is […]

A few of my favourite Buddhist stories

Below are a few stories and passages which illustrate some of the key aspects of Buddhism. These provide an immediate feeling for Buddhism (in no particular order), important since Buddhism stresses the importance of whole-being engagement and conscious practise rather than just mere intellectualism. I’ve selected these stories because they’ve helped with my own understanding […]

Who are you? (Laughter)

The video below shows a number of people laughing when asked the question ‘who are you’? (1.55)   These people are all highly respected, typically well- educated (in the formal sense of the word) teachers from a range of different spiritual traditions (most, if not all wiill be in attendance at the Science and Nonduality […]

Summary of Zygmunt Bauman’s Liquid Modernity – Chapter One

  Chapter One – Emancipation The chapter begins with Marcuse’s complaint that, by the mid 1970s, most people didn’t see the need to be liberated from society, fewer were prepared to act on that wish, and in any case no one was certain how that liberation might differ from the then current social situation. Next […]

Three Myths of The Young Apprentice

The Young Apprentice is one of the very few programmes I make a point of watching. What’s odd is that I enjoy it even though it spreads three messages that I have a real problem with – Firslty, it gives the impression that there is opportunity out there if ‘you only work hard enough’, when in […]

Cultural Deprivation’s the Devil

Oh the comforts of revision – I finally get to really hand over to the students and spend my prep time creating these cartoons – becoming something of a yearly ritual now – In this one a Green devil like creature explains how cultural deprivation affects educational achievement. Please note the cunning use of the […]