Struggling with Structure

I’ve always rebelled against structure. There’s so much of it. We’ve created endless structures that govern our lives. From our beliefs, social norms, traditions, governments, to fashions, taste and just about everything else. And I’ve always struggled to accept the structures around me. I spent a large part of my young life trying to break […]

Is it really just a Coincidence?

I used to believe in coincidence. I used to be a stubborn atheist, confident that all notions of spirituality and divinity were bed time stories created to lull the insecure and help them cope with the inevitable darkness of our world. A drug, to help the weak temporarily escape the cruelty of nature. Today I’m […]

My Emotional Birth

My wife gave birth, at home, to our first child last week and soon afterwards a friend wrote us a congratulatory message that simply read: “Now you will know true love.” It wasn’t the first time I’d been told that. Even years ago, before we started thinking about it, friends who had children would tell […]

To Unify or Divide..?

At some point in life every human will ask themselves: “Do my actions, motivated by my beliefs, unite people or divide them?” And it is an important question. Not necessarily for the sake of others, but first and foremost for ourselves. It is a universal occurrence and a powerful one too because it points toward […]

Living Religiously without Religion

I try to practice various principles from different religions on a daily basis. Forgiveness. Humility. Faith. Tolerance. Acceptance. To name but a few. And I hope to deepen my existing practice. But I will probably never subscribe to any specific religion exclusively. I have to live a religious life because the world we have created […]

We are all Addicts

I’m an addict. And I’m not alone. We’re all addicts. Typically the word addict conjures up images from Trainspotting. Needles, overdose and abandoned buildings littered with rotting mattresses. While this is definitely the reality for some, there are many more people who are addicted in far less obvious ways. Coffee. Work. Exercise. Sex. Sleep. Procrastination. […]