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A Very Modern Delusion

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Stop the World – I Want to Get On

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From Punk to Monk

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Auckland, where the king of mavericks is the weather and Murphy’s Law applies quite well. When you carry an umbrella it won’t rain, and if it does rain, your umbrella will blow away. Thus I conclude, umbrellas aren’t worth it. So now when it rains while I’m walking to uni and back, I take the covered Queen Street route. …

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Peter Atkins wants us to understand the glory that is science. In the course of an essay denigrating not only theology, but poetry and philosophy as well, Atkins writes: “there is no reason to suppose that science cannot deal with every aspect of existence.” [1] This is exactly what scientists write before having thought about what they are writing. …

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Bubbling on the stove of the contemporary spiritual quest is the perennial hot question: What to do about the world? As a spiritual dabbler or a dedicated practitioner, do I immediately shun the world of pleasures and pains, the dream, the mirage? Or do I automatically embrace everything in the world as divine—and then maybe grab all the goodies …

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Like lambs to the slaughter, they’re encouraging us now with the same enchanting tune they’ve been singing for over a century: ‘Buy things you don’t need with money you don’t have. In this way, the gears of production and consumption will keep turning, and our fantasy of unbounded growth of business, in a world of …

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At 9:13 p.m. on Friday 25 April 2012, someone broke into my apartment. Jarred awake by the sound of laboured breathing and heavy workboots on the ledge outside my window—a sound somewhat uncharacteristic for a first-floor apartment—my entire being instantly stiffened. In less than an eighth of a second, my body’s biomechanical “press in emergency” button had been tripped, and as …

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Ah, another day down. I have a place to sleep, something to eat, and dry (semi-clean) clothes—success. Yet another night of, “Hey, what’s your name? Where are you from? Do you like New Zealand?” Gee, sometimes I wish someone would ask me something different. I love people, and I came travelling to meet new people, but I’m just always …

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For those who have some intelligence, it is not hard to fathom in our modern so-called culture that underneath all the external hype over technological and economic expansion is the  impending face of reality—a reality that is wrought with social, political, and environmental issues, just to mention a few of our present-day woes. Surely, it doesn’t take much to scratch …

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