I watched The Truman Show for the second time in a couple of days this evening. It was released in 1998 – imagine that! It’s such a great movie with an excellent script and actor in the leading role. Carey understood the metaphor. He knew what the movie needed to portray, I would argue, because he perhaps had already lived it. Or maybe he was living it. Either way, he played the part well. I believed him. The story attempted to show the thinness of contemporary life, the deception of the firework display, and the fallacy of misplaced concreteness
When the task becomes a toll on us, when we find ourselves taking score too soon and realise we don’t have what it takes, we lose enthusiasm, become discouraged and often give up. We’re caught in time. To achieve the result requires too much effort and so it’s not worth the time to learn the […]
In the world of the extrovert, introversion is undesirable. At worst, introversion is a distinct disadvantage. The extrovert’s world is bright, noisy and stimulating. It dictates to us, demands our attention and more often than not, distracts us from things of true value. Things like time with family, time alone with our thoughts, and the benefit of doing things for no materially valuable reason. It’s an effort not to succumb to its lure. So much so that many of us relate being busy with personal value and worthiness.
Oh, the slavery of work! We either love it or hate it, and often both impressions exist side by side. It pays the bills and provides for some of life’s greater pleasures, yet it commands our time and attention. Work helps develop our minds and distinguishes us within the social order, yet it takes us away from the ones we love. It is a labourious drudgery, and yet it can bring us immeasurable gratification and happiness.
I’ve been researching lots recently on resilience; the process of building resilience, what resilience is, what resilience is not and so on. I’m writing an extensive piece on the topic and so I want to share some of those findings with you. I also want to share some of my personal findings on the psychological […]
Boring is somber, unexciting, unremarkable, and yet it’s the opposite of these things. This is daily work. There’s nothing here that stands out from the backdrop of everyday life. Perfection. This is water on stone, the ever persistent artist in their art, their craft, their daily work. The street sweeper, the accountant, the plumber, the […]
“Go with the flow” is an invitation to jump in. That doesn’t mean the flow will be enjoyable–often it’s not. However, the invitation is always there. It’s momentum, and momentum seems to have direction in time and space, but this only appears so through linear analysis. Momentum is everywhere and always present, even when things […]
The Oxford English Dictionary defines polymath as a person of wide knowledge or learning. Creative Polymathy thrives in people who over time, develop, and successfully apply a breadth of knowledge from a variety of domains to produce renowned creative work. They don’t appear to follow familiar routes, paths made by others. Rather, they follow their […]
What is randomness? Would you say luck or chance are the same thing? Do you believe that the universe in which you live, or as some philosophers suggest, that you are, is random? I don’t buy into the concept. Randomness is an cheap explanation for that which we do not yet understand. Before I offer […]
Performance on stage, in sport, at work, in the home, in art and music, in our hobbies and pastimes. The nature and function of work as it relates to happiness has been a source of interest for some time now, especially so since I began studying psychology.