Life can be tough. It can be tiring and frustrating. In striving for any goal we face a road of trials. At times its too hard. We throw our hands in the air and shout "I give up!" How do you know when to push through? How do you know when to persevere? How does one come to the conviction that they can, or that they can't? That they are right, or that they are wrong? That they should continue or that they should give up? And how does one find the determination, the motivation, and the energy, to continue Read more [...]
Before I begin my rant about food, I would like to say a big HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all! I hope it has kicked off to a better start than mine (7am New Years Day I was at the hospital having barnacles taken out of my feet) and that you had a great night celebrating (my night of swimming in the harbour and watching the fireworks was worth this pain the next day).
I thought this post better wait till after Christmas and New Years celebrations. Now is the time that, if you indulged in the delicious Read more [...]
I posed this question to Q&A, a political TV show in Australia, sometime last year. They didn't air it but it's had a lot of views on their website, and a comment or two...
"We need a new system"
There is something fundamentally wrong with a system that puts profit before people and our planet. Billions suffer so that few of us can accumulate more "stuff", leading to poverty, depression, and pollution If we continue our current trajectory, our own consumption will cause our own extinction. Big Read more [...]
"If you don't wanna be doing it in ten years time... THEN STOP DOING IT NOW!!!!" a wise chick said to the sister of a hen.
Among the haywire of my sister's hens party, Nadine McKenzie shared what has now become one of my new mottos. In a crazy taxi ride, in a not-so-sober state, I typed it into my phone, and managed to type it into my computer before my phone lost all my notes (side note: if you have an iPhone, I recommend regular backups). Yesterday's entry about changing something if you are Read more [...]
"Are you happy?" A friend asked me a couple of months ago.
"Yes, of course." I answered without a second thought. Things were up-in-the-air at the time, and I was struggling with this and that, but I was enjoying all of that. For sure I was happy.
I returned the question, "Are you happy?" and was shocked to hear her answer: "NO." She went on to explain that she will be happy "one day" but right now, because of this reason and that reason, overall she wasn't really very happy.
I guess it's Read more [...]
Does the value of life reside in a life form's innate potential - the potential that their DNA allows one to have, or to the potential that a life's situation provides the opportunity to achieve?
There is quite a difference and the implications are quite significant. You see, if innate potential is the dictator of life's value, then I feel bad for cattle we breed to eat, for chickens that lay my eggs, and even for the horses whose sides I kick and neck I pull on to stop and go when I please. Read more [...]
"We got greedy in the 1980s, grungy in the '90s and geeky in the noughties. This decade, we're eager to explore our potential." 
On my flight home from Melbourne I read an article that excited me. It was called "Meet the Potentialists". A movement I suppose we could label "Potentialism" is very much in line with what the approach to life I labeled "Creativism" - a life based on discovering and fulfilling one's creative potential. I think potentialist and potentialism is probably better terminology Read more [...]
Come with me on a journey through time and space... the mighty booooooshhhh! (If you haven't seen The Mighty Boosh, do yourself a favour - watch it!)
Searching for a Postmodern Grand-narrative....
I deferred this semester's uni in hope of getting a scholarship to support a research project starting mid-year. Although officially I'm not a student I'm still going to uni twice a week (only an hour each day) to attend the lectures of an undergrad subject - An Introduction to World History. Read more [...]
Potentialism: a philosophy for life
Discovering your ultimate creative potential: you as your individual conscious, you as your society and you as the universe – playing your role in the creation of a future reality you desire.
1. The purpose of life is to discover and fulfill your creative potential in a way that brings the most benefit to others.
This is the purpose of all life
This is “living God’s will”
This is expressing Who You Truly Are and Who Read more [...]
"Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder"
In Japan, people would look at me and gasp "Kirre!” “SagoiI!” “Chiisai!" (translation: "Beautiful! Wow! Small!") as they motioned a small circle with their hands and touched the skin on their face. This was followed by broken English "Small head.” “Beeeeaaauuutiful." The Japanese love small heads and are obsessed with pale skin – the mirror opposite of Hollywood’s chocolate lollypops with big heads and tanned bodies. I guess the grass is Read more [...]
Creativism... the beginnings of a new philosophy, with positive implications on social, political and economic theories.
Ok – with that amazing very creative photograph that won “Portrait of the Year 2009” by Sydney photographer Pippin Schembri – I now divert your attention to something close to my heart - for now I’m calling it “Creativism”, but it seems that "Potentialism" also fills the bill. (Click here to see Potentialist version of below)
I think you’ll find there’s Read more [...]