Why the simple life is not just beautiful, it’s necessary

by Emrys Westacott The good life is the simple life. Among philosophical ideas about how we should live, this one is a hardy perennial; from Socrates to Thoreau, from the Buddha to Wendell Berry, thinkers have been peddling it for more than two millennia. And it still has plenty of adherents. Magazines such as Real… Continue reading Why the simple life is not just beautiful, it’s necessary

Time alone (chosen or not) can be a chance to hit the reset button

by Thuy-vy Nguyen Solitude has become a topic of fascination in modern Western societies because we believe it is a lost art – often craved, yet so seldom found. It might seem as if we ought to walk away from society completely to find peaceful moments for ourselves. Yet there is a quote I really… Continue reading Time alone (chosen or not) can be a chance to hit the reset button

When I was a boy

by Diana Ellis When I was growing up, the utterance from my father of the phrase “when I was a boy…” usually at the dinner table, inevitably resulted in a combination of interest and eyeball-rolling, depending on how many times we had heard the story before. Now in my mid 70’s, this is one story… Continue reading When I was a boy

Humanity and nature are not separate – we must see them as one to fix the climate crisis

by Heather Alberro It’s no coincidence that almost every single sector of industry is contributing to the planet’s downfall, either. A deeper issue underlies each one’s part in the malaise enveloping the planet’s ecosystems – and its origins date back to long before the industrial revolution. To truly bring ourselves into harmony with the natural… Continue reading Humanity and nature are not separate – we must see them as one to fix the climate crisis

Climate Compassion for Australian friends

by Diana Ellis I spent some time this morning thinking about what I, as a concerned world citizen, am learning from this year’s Australian bushfires. There are three sets of people I know who live there – in Sydney, Melbourne, and in a small town further south on the east coast. Up to about a… Continue reading Climate Compassion for Australian friends

Why the idea that the world is in terminal decline is so dangerous

by Jeremy Adelman From all sides, the message is coming in: the world as we know it is on the verge of something really bad. From the Right, we hear that ‘West’ and ‘Judeo-Christian Civilisation’ are in the pincers of foreign infidels and native, hooded extremists. Left-wing declinism buzzes about coups, surveillance regimes, and the… Continue reading Why the idea that the world is in terminal decline is so dangerous

Reach out, listen, be patient. Good arguments can stop extremism

by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong Many of my best friends think that some of my deeply held beliefs about important issues are obviously false or even nonsense. Sometimes, they tell me so to my face. How can we still be friends? Part of the answer is that these friends and I are philosophers, and philosophers learn how… Continue reading Reach out, listen, be patient. Good arguments can stop extremism

The Green New Deal in Canada: transformation to better stewardship and a restoration economy

by  Josef Kuhn  & Ray Travers  Climate change, unhealthy ecological and economic systems, and human conflict require a fresh approach to business and government in the twenty-first century. A rapidly growing number of Canadians and like-minded people in many countries around the world are working to create an innovative approach to our decision making. The… Continue reading The Green New Deal in Canada: transformation to better stewardship and a restoration economy

Why hasn’t evolution dealt with the inefficiency of ageing?

by Jordan Pennells Life pits the order and intricacy of biology against the ceaseless chaos of physics. The second law of thermodynamics, or the thermodynamic arrow of time, states that any natural system will always tend towards increasing disorder. Biological ageing is no different, making death inevitable. However, one of the least-addressed questions of ageing… Continue reading Why hasn’t evolution dealt with the inefficiency of ageing?