10 good books I read in 2023

10 good books I read in 2023

10 good books I read in 2023. In no particular order: 1) The New Leviathans (2023) — John Gray Political philosopher, Gray’s latest book is a sobering meditation on the precarious future of the liberal project, along with an exploration of those illiberal Leviathans...
On the vagueness of desire

On the vagueness of desire

The modern human is obsessed with achievement. Yet, how clear are we about what that is? The desire to ‘achieve’ — unlike the desire for food when hungry — often lacks specificity. Defaulting to some vague idea of more, ‘achieving’ is usually a confused,...
The authenticity trap

The authenticity trap

I recently saw someone wearing a T-shirt with the words “just be yourself” sprawled across the front. Well intentioned I suppose, but it was missing the crucial point. Because to just be yourself, you must first really know yourself. For, how can you...
On creative intelligence

On creative intelligence

“I am not creative” is something that I often hear people in non-artistic fields say. Yet, our species is inherently creative — to be human is to be creative. What’s more, we cannot put limits on creativity either. An unquantifiable intelligence, seemingly...
10 good books I read in 2022

10 good books I read in 2022

As the year draws to an end, I thought I would share a selection of 10 good books I read in 2022. In no particular order: 1. The farther reaches of human nature — Abraham Maslow In this 1971 classic, Maslow draws on his experiences interacting with so-called...
The secret of happiness

The secret of happiness

When Socrates was put on trial for corrupting Athen’s youth, he was adamant that he wouldn’t change his ways. Socrates felt compelled to “fulfil the philosopher’s mission of searching into myself and other men”. He explained that “examining myself and...