Living the Selfish Way: Baby Steps to Our Freedom

Olga Levancuka | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Olga Levancuka

If your life goal is to make anyone proud (even sometimes including yourself, subject to the goals required to be achieved) you are doomed to fail. Not only do you sacrifice the hours you could spend enjoying your life, making yourself and those around you happy, you waste your life on someone who wasted their lives on themselves.

Five No-Brainer Strategies to Work Less and Travel More

Stephanie Holland | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Stephanie Holland

Quitting your job without some kind of game-plan might sound exciting to some, but for others it brings on palpitations and hives. The perfect solution for you exists somewhere along a sliding scale where risk is directly proportionate to the degree of freedom you desire. Here are five strategies to help you decide on the right one for you.

Reflections of a Sentient Being

Stephen Fear | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK
Stephen Fear

I was terrified when the kidnappers pounced, my family ran screeching into the trees. My mum tried to free me but didn't know how. I wonder where she is now, was she caught too? My greatest hope is that she isn't chained to a post like me.

Four Great Politics Books You've Probably Never Heard Of

Tom Butler Bowdon | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Politics
Tom Butler Bowdon

Perhaps you've enjoyed George Orwell's Animal Farm or Nelson Mandela's Long Walk To Freedom. Maybe you've even tackled Plato's The Republic or Thoreau's Civil Disobedience. Here are some other hugely important, but lesser known, political classics.

Who Are The Most Successful and How to Be More Like Them

Benjamin Bonetti | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Bonetti

Successful people come from all backgrounds, you can be a success at any age and men and women have every chance of being a success at what they do. This means that personality traits and actions are more likely to be an indicator of success, and these are some of the traits you will find in a broad range of successful people.

Letter to the Young

Aaron Vallely | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK
Aaron Vallely

Settled I was, in the dim of a Café in the gut of Dublin City. I was navigating myself through the torrent of Facebook status' on my phone, when I no...

The End of Feminism

Nicholas Mazzei | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Nicholas Mazzei

The reason why I believe this is simple; feminism has managed to achieve a lot for women but the last final push to full equity between the sexes requires greater engagement from men and feminism is utterly unequipped to do this.

Bringing Mindfulness Into Daily Life

Sandi Wassmer | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sandi Wassmer

Ideally, it would be great if we could give each task our full attention, the way that we open our awareness to whatever object we're focusing our attention on in meditation, but this is highly impractical and completely unrealistic.

Freedom. "We Try to Get Rid of Rules When We Can." - Netflix

Colin Hunter | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Tech
Colin Hunter

Chances are you've heard about Netflix's much hyped and dubiously titled 'culture document'. With over five million hits, it's been described by Sheryl Sandberg as one of the most important documents to come out of Silicon Valley - ever. Those are fighting words. Or at least they would be, if anyone disagreed.

Trigger Warnings: We Must Not Be Too Quick on the Trigger

James Snell | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK
James Snell

Four salient reasons to resist the rise of trigger warnings in higher education and general usage. For the sake of resisting censorship by stealth, for the sake of artistic integrity, for the sake of maintaining serious intellectual openness in higher education, and for the sake of those suffering from trauma themselves, I beg you - don't get too trigger-happy.

An Open Letter About 'That' Anti-Ukip Note

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

You see, controlling immigration isn't about race, or hatred, or prejudice. It's about doing the right thing - not just for our country, but for other countries as well. So you need not feel shame or indignation when you walk past a UKIP office.

A Reason To Smile

Maggie Currie | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Maggie Currie

In reality, happiness is not the exclusive right of those people who appear to have unlimited time and don't seem to have any troubles to speak of. Some of the happiest people on the planet are often those coping with the most serious challenges.

If John McClane Became a Priest

Adam Hamdy | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Hamdy

Running a marathon in one of the world's hot spots would seem risky to most people, but Doug has a history of undertaking endeavours that would make other people blench.

There Can Be No Masochism in the Face of Terror

James Snell | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK
James Snell

Reality as we know it is becoming repetitious. There has been another terrorist attack in a European capital. Once again an artist has been targeted. Once again an entire people have been attacked.

Freedom of Speech: The Right NOT to Say Whatever You Like

David Mooney | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK
David Mooney

You aren't being censored. The times when freedom of speech is restricted are remarkably rare and they exist for the greater good, rather than to stop you insulting whoever you like. It's probably correct that the police get involved when someone tries to post bacon through the door of a mosque, even if they claim to be exercising their right to freedom of expression.

Ping Pong

Lisa Edwards | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Edwards

I'm childfree-by-choice, as it happens, and my life is often like that Ping Pong night, complete with a continous rolling sidebar of questions from friends and strangers, although they get less frequent as I get older and out of the baby-making zone.

Articulating the Impossible

William Shield | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK
William Shield

You're locked in a forever war the moment you first witness it, the moment you pull the trigger, hear the sounds, and witness the chaos. You're forever in conflict, the saddest part is the enemy is the only enemy you can't defeat - yourself.

Prosperity Can Save the World

Joana Alfaiate | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Politics
Joana Alfaiate

Prime Minister David Cameron and President Obama have come together to champion prosperity. The two leaders highlight the importance of economic growth - but they define prosperity as being also the rule of law, peace and freedom...

Ten Lessons You Will Learn Travelling Solo

Chloe Gunning | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Gunning

You are guaranteed to meet some amazing people while travelling. Everyone is far more willing to strike up a conversation with strangers. I met a few special people who, after just a few days, I felt like I had known for years and years.

Bite the Bullet: Why Britain Should Condemn Bahrain

Sayed Alwadaei | Posted 22.02.2015 | UK
Sayed Alwadaei

Bahrain is failing to improve its human rights record and its ally the United Kingdom is turning a blind eye. As the British Foreign Affairs committee calls on the Foreign Office to come down on Bahraini human rights abuses, we must ask: why isn't the Foreign Office doing just that?

Torture Is Torture - Regardless of Who Does It

James Snell | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK
James Snell

Some of these horrors make agonising reading - but it is incorrect to say that they defy description. In the cold, expressionless language of the Senate report, even blunt, mechanical phrases can contain the key to understanding a world of pain. 'Rectal feeding' is one. 'Stress position' is another. Through reams of inert prose, an appalling picture of abuse is built up and solidified.

On the Nature of Public Opinion

Aaron Vallely | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK
Aaron Vallely

History has given us a colossal record of deceit, manipulation of the many by a resourceful and shrewd few, and the sustained distortion of public perception so robustly at any one time, it is imperative we review the model of society we have inherited. Power derives its life-force from control.

Three Myth Busters About the Land of the Free

Joana Alfaiate | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK
Joana Alfaiate

The image of the US as the Land of the Free is being put into question. Ferguson, plus the cases of Tamir Rice, Darrien Hunt and Eric Garner, exposed America as an intolerant country where many are not free. The Prosperity Index shows this is true not only for African Americans, but for all citizens across the board..

Poetry On the Street, Is Freedom of Speech Antisocial?

Jenny Florence | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Florence

Yesterday, I walked into the shopping centre of my local town, and I came across an artist at work. His poetry, written in chalk, spanned the pavement and I, like many others, paused to read. His work seemed to be aimed at generating thought and reflection, and if this was the case, it was certainly working.

Drop These Four Words and Set Yourself Free

Magdalena Glistak | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Magdalena Glistak

When I got to my 30s, I grasped what were the most dangerous words that had been incorporated into my vocabulary.Realising that has set me free. Free from the invisible bondage that was limiting me and preventing the inner light from shining through.