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Calm down dear…

…it’s only a commercial. Michael Winner, whose catchphrase that was in a series of television adverts, used to make me really quite angry. It wasn’t just the adverts, he struck me as a genuinely obnoxious character in himself, one of those people you love to hate. If you don’t know the name, he was a […]

July 7, 2014   Posted in: Buddhism, psychology  One Comment

You’re a red herring

Much of my writing has been concerned with my self, what am I like? 🙂 Today I decided that, basically, the true nature of my self is identical with your’s, which is a red herring. 🙂 🙂

June 17, 2014   Posted in: Buddhism  Comments Closed

Reasons to be cheerful

Both of the last two posts were stimulated at least in part by my reaction to people—friends, in real life—bemoaning the state of the world, usually in a vaguely left-wing liberal sort of way. I think I’d have reacted similarly, though, if the moaners—because that’s what I felt them to be—had been right-wingers, for instance […]

April 16, 2013   Posted in: Buddhism, philosophy  Comments Closed

More on my minimalist commitments

Like the previous post, this one is aimed at summarising my position on a big issue, or closely related set of issues. I intend, as far as I can, to minimize my future engagement in contentious debate, online and elsewhere, and I hope that having these statements available for reference will help. My general approach […]

April 9, 2013   Posted in: Buddhism, environment, politics  Comments Closed

Political and personal independence

The question of Scottish independence is one on which every Scot might be expected to have a view. I certainly feel some pressure to take one side or the other. In fact, I’m attracted both by the progressive idealism of the yes camp and the pragmatic conservatism of the nay-sayers. The prospect of my country […]

March 21, 2013   Posted in: Buddhism, politics  Comments Closed


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