Why we should look to Scandinavia for the future of humanity.

Whenever there are surveys of human happiness and social well-being, or we look for examples of how to deal successfully with social issues, how best to educate our children,  look after our elderly, address mental health and child poverty – almost inevitably we find ourselves being told about what the Scandinavian countries are doing. Why … Continue reading Why we should look to Scandinavia for the future of humanity.

Who am I? Life and Self after work

One of the toughest things to deal with after you stop full-time work is how you define yourself and how you describe yourself to people you meet. Previously, your profession or occupation worked as a kind of passport that helped you across the “borders” of human interaction, particularly with new people. Rightly or wrongly, people … Continue reading Who am I? Life and Self after work

How postmodernism helped Brexit, Donald Trump and the rise of the extreme right

Postmodernists took on the orthodoxy of European enlightenment, science and reason using philosophy to deconstruct the assumptions that underpinned the ethos of the western world and to challenge the elites who they saw as exploiting ordinary men and women. It was a radical challenge to 20th century thinking and society. But I wonder if those … Continue reading How postmodernism helped Brexit, Donald Trump and the rise of the extreme right

Homo sentiens

Various writers’ ponderings on the wave of global anger and the demise of liberal rationalism may have missed the common cause: tribalism, prompting the following observations. We are not fundamentally rational animals; therefore, there’s no point looking for purely rational explanations of why there is so much anger and resentment. Yes, there are identifiable sources … Continue reading Homo sentiens