deal with life. But it seems limited with its advice on relationships. Epictetus (50–135 CE), a prominent Stoic philosopher in Rome, argues that to be happy, you must detach from the things and the people you love: If you kiss your own child or wife, say to yourself that you are kissing a human being; […]
Ofcom released its Communications Market Report 2016 last week. According to the report, UK digital consumption patterns have reached an all-time high, and trends for more universal access are bullish. Yet rather than celebrating the web for bringing the world’s information to our fingertips, coverage of the report focused on what it called “connectivity creep”: […]
What a cluster fuck Brexit is. This popped up in my Facebook feed earlier today and I had an immediate knee jerk reaction to it, nothing is ever this clear cut: So, without any further ado-ing, here’s the full post for your delectation: Alright, you filthy animals. I don’t normally do this, because I […]
At the start of the exam, the invigilator says, “You have exactly 2 hours. I will not accept any papers after this time has elapsed.” Two hours later, the invigilator calls out, “Time’s up, Ladies and Gentlemen.” One student is still scribbling away ten minutes later when the invigilator has all the collected papers in […]
The digital world offers us many advantages, but if we yield to that world too completely we may lose the privacy we need to develop a self. Activities that require time and careful attention, like serious reading, are at risk; we read less and skim more as the Internet occupies more of our lives. And […]
You know the ones. People who invite you around for dinner and you seriously contemplate that prospect for a long time before saying ‘Yes’. Likelihood is you’ll leave feeling worse than when you arrived. They zap your energy, take the fun out of life and make you become like them. Drainpipes. Toxic people. Complainers. Whatever […]
I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. Henry David Thoreau Studies by psychologist Hans Eysenck show that introverts require […]
I’d consider myself a realist, alright? But in philosophical terms I’m what’s called a pessimist.
I think human consciousness is a tragic misstep in evolution. We became too self-aware. Nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself. We are creatures that should not exist by natural law.
We are things that labor under the illusion of having a self, that accretion of sensory experience and feelings, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when in fact everbody’s nobody.
I think the honorable thing for our species to do is to deny our programming. Stop reproducing. Walk hand in hand into extinction. One last midnight, brothers and sisters opting out of a raw deal.
Cohle preaches atheistic nihilism like a high priest of downerism.
In is hot, stuffy, stifling, claustrophobic, getting the boiler fixed, spending valuable time painting skirting boards, trying to get a nail in a supporting wall but only getting as far as mutilating it under the pressure of a swift claw hammer blow, 771 channels and nothing to watch, being bored, burned toast, `I wish they’d […]