One law for the rich

depardieuI’m a huge fan of the French actor Gerard Depardieu. Jean de Florette is one of my all-time favourite films. But the recent wealth tax introduced in France has led Depardieu to leave the country and hand back his French passport.

If I had to pay 75% of my income in tax for the privilege of living in France, I’d probably think twice too. Continue reading

What is the point?

earthApparently many Christians and Muslims feel pity for atheists because they think we are nihilistic, and live meaningless, empty lives. After all, they say, if there is no life after death, what is the point of living? Atheists cannot see any meaning to the universe, they say, because in our world view the universe is a cold, inhospitable place without purpose or design.

Well pardon me, but who’s being nihilistic now? Atheists derive all kinds of meaning and purpose, despite their impending doom and despite the fact that the world has no Creator. Continue reading

How to self-publish successfully

51JzBmdq88L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU02_A few months ago I self-published my first novel, The Yoga Sutras. Three months is surely too early to judge whether it’s a success or a failure, but already I can see the things I did wrong.

Or rather, I can see some of the things I did wrong. No doubt there are others that I just haven’t spotted yet. Continue reading

Precursors to war

hateI’ve been writing about the causes of war on this blog, but whatever the specifics of a particular war, there’s always one common factor – hate.

When one group of people hates another group so much that they leave their common humanity behind and embrace barbarism, then there is war.

Hate leads to war. But what leads to hate? Continue reading

Hand bags, sand bags and man bags

handbagToday I’m answering one of the greatest mysteries of the universe – what do women keep in their handbags? Continue reading

Handbrake turn

holidayI’ve been relaxing on my summer holiday, and had almost forgotten that my blog existed.

Now that I’m back, I’ve decided to execute something of a handbrake turn in my career, and take a sabbatical from my usual daily activities. That includes downsizing my blogging activity, while I devote time to my new venture. So if I seem to be absent from the blogging world for a time, please don’t take it personally. I’m just lowering my sights to something I can manage.

You are awesome

supermanCongratulations on making it here. You’re a survivor. Not only did you survive childbirth, childhood and however many years you’ve lived since (an achievement that sadly most humans in history didn’t manage), but so did your parents, your grand-parents, and all your ancestors back to some single-celled organism swimming through ancient seas. Continue reading