Perspective in the Age of Opinion: Timely Wisdom from a Century Ago

Art by Ben Newman from A Graphic Cosmogony “A small artist is content with art; a great artist is content with nothing except everything.” BY MARIA POPOVA I have worried, and continue to worry, that we have relinquished the reflective telescopic perspective for the reactionary microscopic perspective. When we surrender the grandest, often unanswerable questions to the false certitudes of the smallest, we lose something essential of our humanity. When we aim the spears of those certitudes at one another, more interested in being right than in understanding, we lose something essential. How did we get to a place where to have an … Continue reading Perspective in the Age of Opinion: Timely Wisdom from a Century Ago

SAVE US FROM FREEDOM!

Julian Rose, Contributor Waking Times Freedom once meant something significant for mankind. It meant ceasing to be suppressed and imprisoned by forces that endeavour to control one. The word ‘freedom’ conjured a sense of what it means, at least to some degree, to be master of one’s destiny. No longer, for many, the new freedom has almost exactly the opposite meaning. Now freedom seems to be associated with having someone or something doing one’s thinking for one; making decisions that one ‘can’t be bothered ‘or doesn’t want to make – and ultimately completely relieving one from responsibility for taking any form of … Continue reading SAVE US FROM FREEDOM!

WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A GUY WHO’S PETRIFIED OF DOGS

by Hussein Kesvani It’s not just me — one guy lost the love of his life to avoid living with man’s best friend This week, as I made my way to work, a terrifying creature confronted me. In the hall between the building entrance and the door to my office, it stood menacingly, staring me down while showing off its sharp teeth. Despite it being winter in the U.K., drops of sweat ran down my face as I waited for the beast to come for me. “Archie! Archie boy!” a voice shouted from atop the stairs. The demon — a … Continue reading WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A GUY WHO’S PETRIFIED OF DOGS