I have a small gripe. Vandals keep tagging a power pole just along from where I live. Marking territory, animal-fashion. It happens every few weeks. The local council always has it painted out within the day; but it highlights what, for me, is one of the saddest sides of the human moral compass. Vandalism. If somebody has… More Is vandalism part of the human condition?
Last Sunday my wife and I were out for a walk along the Hutt river, which flows into Wellington harbour. It was a pleasant autumn morning. And then we found someone lying at the bottom of the stop-bank. He looked derelict. He might have been sleeping, or maybe drunk or something. But he didn’t look right, so I ran… More Helping some guy who was having a heart attack – and thoughts on our duty of care
Even after nearly twenty years, I have not quite forgiven the producers of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, for a sequence filmed in the Savage Memorial above Auckland harbour: ‘The Wedding of Alcemene’, involving a cheesy 1990s-era CGI monster named Perfidia. Michael Joseph Savage was arguably New Zealand’s greatest Prime Minister. His government came to power… More Of moral compass and our human duty of care
It’s Christmas again. Where has 2013 gone? Why, the way every year does – quickly, in a sea of good intentions and reorganised plans. I hope everybody has a wonderful festive season. Whether it’s snowing or high summer. And that, somewhere along the way, we get the chance to bring a little more cheer to… More It’s Christmas. Again.
We went to the local mall on Sunday. It was packed, of course, with the usual shopping zombies, their minds destroyed by the glitz and glam. Whenever we visit the mall, She Who Must Be Obeyed forbids me to shuffle along behind them, matching their gait and murmuring “braaaaiiins….” Well, I’m not forbidden, but she… More Looking for the missing spirit of Christmas…with zombies…
I thought I would wrap this series up with a few thoughts about what, to me, makes kindness possible on an every day basis. I mentioned a couple of weeks back that one of the reasons why people forget kindness is that they wrap their sense of self-identity around something – often a goal or status. When somebody… More Kindness 2013: the power of confidence in yourself
In the past few weeks we have seen that kindness is a philosophy – a way of life that encompasses tolerance, reason, thought and compassion. And, it seems to me, all the more necessary as the planet becomes ever more crowded, ever more polluted, and as our resources diminish. Alas, a quick glance at any news bulletin… More Kindness 2013: revenge – it’s called epic kindness fail