I live in an area, in Guardianista speak, of ‘post-industrial’ decline. An interesting catch-all phrase meaning an area that was once incredibly useful to the economy but which is now seen as a drain on it. A blip. A polyps. A carbuncle. Something the government wishes would disappear back under the rag rug from which … Continue reading Decline and fall
I’ve just finished reading a fascinating book called How Much Is Enough? By Robert and Edward Skidelsky. Although very dense in places on economic theory and philosophy it’s certainly worth a read for the contribution it makes to some of the general issues floating about in the zeitgeist, such as James Wallman’s Stuffocation and the … Continue reading How much is enough?
I'm half way through Paul Kingsnorth's new book, Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist. It's one of those books whose words and images go to bed with you at night and it's rather melancholic and haunting. One of its messages, that we've distanced ourselves too much from nature, reminded me of the back end of last … Continue reading Avoidance of technology for its own sake
Each night before I go to bed I read a daily excerpt from a book on stoicism. One way to help with feeling more gratitude and thus counteract society's siren call of 'more, more, more' is to practise gratitude. Last night's stoic quote, in its way, makes reference to today to what we'd call 'hedonistic … Continue reading What you have now you once dreamed…