Reclaiming Reality

Keeping It Real: Reclaiming Reality in 2019 As smart technologies and media platforms continue to proliferate, it is becoming increasingly difficulty to differentiate truth and reality from the fictional and fake. As 2018 draws to a rapid close, an analysis of how the culture has re-defined reality seems fitting. ‘Reality’…

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Marriage: for better or worse

Restoring God’s Blueprint for Marriage: for better or for worse… We are living in fickle times where fidelity in the broad sense of the word is no longer viewed as the essential component of marriage. Although serial monogamy has become the norm, it is still not the ideal most couples…

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The Cure for Materialism

It is indeed ironic that on the days immediately following the public holiday of Thanksgiving which emphasises the virtue of contentment, we are encouraged to indulge in the vice of covetousness. ‘Black Friday’ and ‘Cyber Monday’ are approaching fast on Friday 23 and Monday 26 November 2018, and for many…

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In Search of the Ultimate High

The world offers up an enticing smorgasbord of pastimes – all claiming to offer you an endorphin rush not to be missed. These thrill-seeking activities such as drug and alcohol use, casual sex, escapism though non-stop entertainment, offer much but deliver little in terms of long-lasting satisfaction. It seems our…

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Fake Friendships

The BFF ideal vs a Culture which settles for fake friendships The title of Joe Battaglia’s new book ‘Unfriended: Finding True Community in a Disconnected Culture’ uses a word which until this modern age of Facebook, did not exist – the verb ‘to unfriend’. If it is possible to end…

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Spiritual Etiquette and the Culture of Hate

A Clarion Call to Spiritual Etiquette: Addressing the Culture of Hate There are certain age-old values which will always withstand the test of time. How we treat one another is a far greater indicator of whether our society is civilised than the accessibility of modern technology and amenities such as…

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Regret: not a dirty word after all

Popular music anthems are typically dismissive of regretting the way one has lived one’s life, perhaps none so resonantly as Édith Piaf’s ‘Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien’ and ‘My Way’ by Frank Sinatra - both common musical themes for funerals. They convey the message that regretting is a waste of…

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Perfectionism

No matter the magnitude or frequency of our achievements; no matter how many testimonies we have shared or witnessed, we remain at our core, fragile! In an instant, we can turn from happy to sad, confident to inadequate, hopeful to doubting, healthy to sick. No one can argue with the…

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Is Screen Time Stealing Your Real Time

In a move to help people re-assess their over-reliance on social media, the Royal Society for Public Health in London, England, has just launched a campaign – ‘Scroll Free September’ amid growing concerns that our pre-occupation with social media is undermining our mental health [https://www.rsph.org.uk/our-work/campaigns/scroll-free-september.html] . It is appealing to…

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The Mind of a Trouble Shooter

What the reported  suicide of nine year old Jamel Myles Suicide in the news this week [https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-us-canada-45343337/us-mum-s-anguish-over-son-s-suicide] highlights most poignantly is the sobering reality that suicide is being resorted to by younger and younger age groups. One can only imagine the acute grief felt by his family, friends and all…

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