I enjoy looking back and observing my year in the photos and comments, to see what I have been reading, talking about, thinking about.
In 2013 my blog posts were few and far between, indicative of a year consumed by events I organised through the Sydney Peace Foundation, trips to Cambodia, Paris, London and Tokyo, and trying to finish and submit my MPhil thesis. Something had to be compromised, and in 2013 is was my blogging. I miss it. I miss reflecting and sharing my thoughts. I miss the clarity that comes from it. New year’s resolution for 2014: more blogging.
Here are my posts from 2013:
Jan 29, 2013 | After years of anticipation Samsara, the sequel to the movie Baraka, has been released. Samsara is a meditation on the endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth, to which life in the material world is bound. In Sanskrit, “Samsara” literally translates to “a passing through, from sam altogether + sarati it runs”. Samsara is a journey through life, and the film provides a confronting snapshot of life, Earth, humanity, and the cycles we are a part of. Directed by Ron Fricke and produced by Mark Read more […]
Feb 01, 2013 | “You gonna swim back to the waves, or keep swimming forward?” an instructor asked. Yesterday I found myself sitting directly behind a group of fit, tanned bods in “North Bondi” speedos. An accident, I promise. Lying on the beach these words (and images) struck a chord with a recent conversation, and a friend’s philosophy I’ve adopted and written about before – “always do rather than not do.” Yet this time the philosophy had a little twist: if one faces a number of options, which should one Read more […]
Feb 25, 2013 | “There is only one meaning of life: the act of living it,” wrote German psychologist and social theorist Erich Fromm in 1941. Some find meaning in their work, in travel, in writing, in loving, in obeying a religion, in creating babies—all of which are different acts of living. The meaning of life (a noun) is in the process of living (a verb). This points to a fundamental shift from that of a static goal, to a dynamic experience. In this view one does not put off the rewards of life, Read more […]
Dec 24, 2013 | Call it procrastination or maybe even research, I’ve been spending a bit of time over the past week catching up on YouTube, RSA, TED Talks and general online initiatives connecting with my interests in peace, justice, environmental sustainability, technology and holistic worldviews. Today I stumbled across the Charter for Compassion: I remember author and scholar Karen Armstrong’s TED Talk, which won the 2008 TED Prize. Armstrong talks about how the Abrahamic religions — Islam, Read more […]