A Friend or My Shadow

I am always willing to point out my faults, my shortcomings and my failures. But when someone else points out my faults, my shortcomings and my failures – well, that is a different matter altogether. Friendship is about candid and open debate.  That’s what makes it exciting and moving forward…. “I don’t need a friend…

The things one wants to know…

“I wish life was not so short, he thought. Languages take such a time, and so do all the things one wants to know about.” J. R. R. Tolkien Knowledge is increasing exponentially – everyone agrees.  Whether wisdom is growing at the same rate, is another matter altogether. We have so much to learn in…

The Open Door

How many doors can we walk through at a time? In my world, I can only go through one door at a time. Why then, do I always have the propensity to choose the closed door? “When one door closes, another opens, but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door…

Freedom

Epictetus: Born a slave – passionate about philosophy – died a free man.  He lived life simply, yet his words were sought after by eminent figures including the Emperor Hadrian, who was best known for building a wall in which marked the northern limit of Roman Britain. I was born free… May I seek out…

Explore

There is power in exploration, even though many do not understand its meaning.  Most believe that it is based on external forces that entertain.  What if exploration was driven by internal motivations?  Would we live our lives differently?  Do we want to be entertained?  Or would we rather be the architects of discovery? We shall…

Rainforest, Art & the End of the World

January 2012, I travelled back to Belize.  My last visit, over 30 years ago, was to British Honduras.  The name may have changed, but the beauty remains.  Our Mayan guide assured us that everyone had misunderstood the Apocalypse prophecy.  The world would not come to an end in December – they were planning a massive…