Reality Sucks

Reality can sometimes be quite dull. In films, TV programmes, or even the news, reality gets changed and made more dramatic and exciting. It seems that we want the altered, edited and “sexed up” version of reality more than reality itself. Perhaps this is the reason why so many people get caught up (or caught…

Slogans and Labels

We are more inclined to read slogans than labels. We like sound-bites rather than information. We’re drawn to quick wins rather than long-term solutions. During the US Election campaign, some Trump supporters bought hats bearing the slogan “Make America Great Again”.  Reports suggested that some of the hats available online had labels stating they were…

Are We Losing Trust in Trust?

Our trust has been broken so many times that we no longer trust “trust”. What do I mean by that? Well, if someone says “trust me”, we’re becoming more inclined to respond sceptically or defensively. The tele-sales rep tells us “I’m not trying to sell you anything!” because if they said they were trying to sell…

Painful Truths

The truth can be painful sometimes, it’s why some people avoid it. If you’re unhappy with your weight, the painful truth is that your weight is a direct result of your actions. If you’re unhappy with your job, the painful truth is that you are choosing to be there; your work place doesn’t hold you prisoner. If you’re…

What Do You Know?

“For this discovery of yours [writing] will create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember for themselves” – Plato The ancient Greek philosopher Plato lived about 2,400 years ago. The above quote expresses his concern that when something is…