The Slough of Despond

But then comes the dawning comprehension of all that a writer's life implies: not easy day-dreaming, but hard work at turning the dream into reality without sacrificing all of its glamour; not the passive following of someone else's story, but the finding and finishing of a story of one's own; not writing a few pages … Continue reading The Slough of Despond

The Other 90%

Robert Cooper, author of The Other 90%, says that we shouldn't think of intelligence as happening only in the brain in our skulls. He talks of the "heart" brain and the "gut" brain. Whenever we have a direct experience, he says, it does not go directly to the brain in our heads. The first place … Continue reading The Other 90%

Asymmetric emotions

[A] discovery of psychology is that the emotions are asymmetric, with the negative more powerful and long lasting than the positive. Schopenhauer also understood this: ‘the weakness of wellbeing and happiness, in contrast to the strength of pain’. The positive emotions are capricious day-trippers, but the negative emotions are imperialists – determined to invade, overwhelm, … Continue reading Asymmetric emotions

Parable of the talents

Sermon for Bradford Consultation: 19 November 2014 I was asked to preach on Luke 19.11-28 during the Eucharist at the end of the Consultation. Here are my notes. The nice thing about parables is that there is no one meaning. I offer you 3 interpretations. Parables with dire warnings are not threats from God. It … Continue reading Parable of the talents