Aged 38, I had saved enough money not to need to work again. “I’m retired”, I’ve said provocatively in the last couple of years, whilst still remaining cherub-faced (in certain, low-lit locales). This doesn’t mean I’m going to stop working, but now I’m able to work on what I want, regardless of the income or … Continue reading All I've Ever Learned About Money
Climate change is, without much doubt, the greatest current threat to life as we know it. You know that already, right? So why are we both staring into a screen? Why am I still taking flights to my beloved Africa, running a travel business (http://brilliant-uganda.com and (www.brilliant-ethiopia.com) and indulging in other activities that contribute? Surely we should … Continue reading Changing Climate Change
You don’t believe in what Facebook does, but you’re on the site because it’s occasionally useful - you’re complicit. You sit on public transport with other people and witness someone abusing someone else without saying anything - you’re complict A friend says something homophobic, or misogynistic but you don’t challenge them because you don't want … Continue reading Complicit
Much of how we view things comes from perspective. Ants are just small. Elephants are just big. The sun is over there. Yet our perspective represents a tiny sliver of they way things can be viewed. An elephant in the known universe is always miniscule. Sub-atomically, an ant represents mind-bogglingly large tracts of space. If … Continue reading Perspective
As is my way, I try new things. Am adventurous and, perhaps predictable in following trends. Early Adopters R Us. Most new things become old. It’s rare that something makes a significant difference. An entrepreneur's optimism is to believe that something’s about to happen just around the corner. It rarely does, but occasionally you are … Continue reading Ayahuasca
When Extinction Rebellion (XR) last hit the streets, I didn’t join in. Mainly because I was busy doing other things and partially because I didn’t believe that direct 'action' actually resulted in actions Between 2006 and 2014, a study showed that climate protests haven’t led to a single debate in British Parliament. Direct action mostly … Continue reading Rebellion Extinction?
There have been many times when I’ve struggled with life’s meaning and dabbled with nihilism. Existentialism is a byproduct of consciousness, it seems. Some time ago I had a bit of a revelation, in a bluer moment. For some months I’d felt listless, weighed down by the absence of meaning. I’d felt that, as monkeys … Continue reading Finding Meaning