The Mirror of Erised is a magical mirror from the Harry Potter series of books and films. You can familiarise yourself here.    It does not simply show one their reflection.    Harry’s friend, Ronald Weasley, looks into the Mirror and sees himself achieving sporting and leadership glory at their school, clearly jealous of his older, high-achieving brothers.    Harry on the other hand sees his parents, who died protecting him when he was young, standing beside him. The two can’t make sense of their differing visions.    It takes the intervention of the wise school Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, to fill Harry in on the mirror’s magic; the

You are used to looking at some people as disabled and others, maybe you, as ‘abled’.    You are used to looking at these people as black, and these people as white.    You are used to thinking that you are not good at sports, but are good at reading books.    You are used to thinking that he is a failure, and that she is a success.    You are used to thinking of people from Africa as poor, and people from Western countries as rich.    You are used to thinking of the world in terms of ‘us’ and ‘them’, and that you are either good at things,

How does one run an Apocalypse Test?    One simply imagines that tomorrow the apocalypse begins - this is an event of catastrophic destruction which interrupts most or all social systems.    We run the hypothetical Apocalypse Test to ask ourselves what still matters when everything we’ve taken for granted is threatened and interrupted.    Things that do not pass the Apocalypse Test.    Social media followers no longer matter, because our digital systems have fallen.    The stock market no longer exists. Your ownership of your assets is now contestable - you will struggle to defend your claim to a single deed of land, as the deeds you signed

It is rare that you get sadder once you step out into nature on your own. It is rare that your mood lowers. Have you ever tested your ability to be alone? Not lonely, but alone. Remember the difference? Because not all time spent on one’s own is painful. As Anthony De Mello once said, "Loneliness is not cured by human company. Loneliness is cured by contact with reality." And to him, reality meant dropping one’s illusions, the distorted way we see the world. Other people can be fruits and treats - the finer things in life that we constantly enjoy, but

Imagine your life one year from now.   You cannot be certain that you’ll have more money than you do now. Incomes rise and fall, markets change overnight, and you never know what is lurking around the corner. Your job can go, the banking system can collapse, and everything you’ve saved and worked hard for can be wiped away in an instant. And you may be sufficiently diversified. You may listen to Ray Dalio, you may have a few piles of gold, and your fat-bellied, horn-rimmed glasses-wearing financial advisor might tell you at your appointments that everything is in order. But even

Turn the clock back a few centuries and it was normal to believe the world was flat. It was also normal for the majority of your children not to live past the age of five. Normal is not necessarily good, and certainly doesn’t always equate to good enough.   Tell Me Why I Don’t Like Mondays Bob Geldof and the Boomtown Rats made the famous song, Tell Me Why I Don’t Like Mondays in 1979, about the Cleveland Elementary School Shooting in San Diego by Brenda Spencer. When asked why she carried out the shooting, Spencer is reported to have answered

Our early ancestors were hunter-gatherers who lived nomadically off the land. They would go from place-to-place according to the seasons and availability of shelter and resources. For most creatures in nature, home is a very fluid concept. They also take only what they need from the land - no more and no less. They migrated around the ecosystem, from place to place so as not to excessively wear out any individual part, or become overly reliant on any one place. The hunter-gatherer worked somewhere between three to four hours a day- hunting and gathering. They were tied to very little at all.

If you just joined us, you may not be familiar that we are all born in the passenger seat of life, and that it is a deliberate choice to become the driver - to choose our own direction, rather than following the path others give us as default. You might not be aware of your Audience-of-None - of what you’d do, be it a job, hobby, or interest, if no one ever saw it. I have a few, my favorite of which is writing - if no one ever read a word I wrote, I’d still write till my dying day. You

Imagine you are part of the ocean. You are part of one gigantic force - but you cannot see the extent of yourself, how far or wide you stretch. You can only see your section of the ocean, and so in your eyes, that is all that exists, and it is also all of you.   But as you move you begin to head towards land   And as you see yourself change position in relation to the land, you begin to notice that you are not everything you see. You suspect that you are the ocean, and that everything else is

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