EASTERN PHILOSOPHY: Wu Wei

‘Wú Wéi’ (无为) means, in Chinese, ‘non-doing’, or ‘doing nothing’. It sounds like a pleasant invitation to relax, or worse, fall into laziness…

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SOCIOLOGY – Theodor Adorno

Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno was born in Frankfurt in 1903 into a wealthy and cultured family. His father, a wine merchant, was of Jewish…

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Loving and Being Loved

Confusingly, we speak of love as one thing, rather than discerning the 2 very different varieties that lie beneath the single word. Being…

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The Meaning of Life

People nowadays often say, sometimes in a sad way, other times more aggressively and cynically, that life just has no meaning. Two reasons…

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Who We Can Love

One of the strangest things about relationships is that we’re not free to feel attracted to just anyone. We tend to have very…

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How to Make a Country Rich

Most of what we call ‘politics’ really revolves around the question of what you need to do to make a country richer. Rather…

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HISTORY OF IDEAS – Wabi-sabi

When it comes to what things look like, the Western world is obsessed by perfection, by symmetry, and ideal proportion. This is a…

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