Lack of commitment “may not feel” as committed.

  Article in the New York Times, suggesting perhaps our most significant romantic relationships need to be built on commitment after all: "Founding relationships on convenience or ambiguity can interfere with the process of claiming the people we love. A life built on top of “maybe you’ll do” simply may not feel as dedicated as... Continue Reading →

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An annual symptom of our lunatic condition

C. S. Lewis wrote that there are three things that go around by the name "Christmas". The first is a religious festival, important to Christians and not really to anyone else. The second is a popular holiday, a time of hospitality and general merry-making. The third is, in Lewis' words, "a commercial racket", which he... Continue Reading →

Consumer society riots

Mike Ovey, principle of Oak Hill College: These are "consumer society riots", says Dr Paul Bagguley, who is a sociologist at Leeds. This is very perceptive. It points clearly to the consumerist, acquisitive nature of the looting, and it hints that these are the kind of riots that a consumer society (and let's not forget,... Continue Reading →

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