Belief gets a bad rap. It's a very unpopular concept in these secular times, but the (obvious) thing is: we believe things whether we want want to or not. If we can at least accept that's true, we can start to take control of our beliefs, and make them work for us. But accepting they exist is the big first step.
Just what were you thinking? Did anybody warn you about the dangers of attending university in Britain? Did you, even for a moment, stop to consider whether life at home or a job at your local Subway would protect you from the whirlwind of intellectual adventure, hellhole of differing opinion and carousel of aggressive debate that make university so worthwhile?
'...In the middle of beating her up, he picked up the pan of hot oil and poured it on her head, and that woman ... that Jat woman ... didn't let out a single scream, not a squeak.' That was a story I heard in my childhood, as the women gossiped and I, still young and childlike, shadowed my mother, nestling against her and absorbing, imbibing...
Brookes ends his article reminding the reader that 'This isn't about 'banning people we don't like, it's about keeping fascists off campus'. This sounds an awful lot like it's about banning people you don't like. Overall, his view is discouraging. The nonsense of safe spaces is becoming exhausting. Students are more than capable of listening to a fascist and defeating their arguments publically. Give students more credit, you're underrating them.
Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs have all said they use intuition for business and let's face it, they have had quite a bit of success with it. The argument I hear against following your inner knowing, is people don't know how to trust it. Trusting it is an act of faith in itself. But maybe if you knew of all the positive benefits of your intuition, it would be a no brainer... literally!
The fear of losing what you have worked hard for can paralyse you into not even thinking about the future. Yet there comes a point when you start to become ineffective in a life you don't love. The cracks start to appear. If you're employed, you start being over looked, or worse, you start to be a drag to be around.
I've sat down to write this a thousand times. At least in my head I have. For the past few months I have been struggling with, for want of a better expression, writer's block. I have been drowning in doubt and question why I am even bothering whenever I open a word document. This has happened for both creative writing and blog posts.
It's simple: "The only way of living in a free society is to feel that you have the right to say and do stuff." Said Salman Rushdie. Go figure. Let truth and falsehood grapple. How do we know what is right if we don't know wrong and the case that is made for wrong. Ideas may be distasteful and deeply disagreeable, but we cannot airbrush and disappear that and those people that we disagree with.
For the last two months I have been interviewing consistently. I appreciate for many that that in itself is a success to celebrate, especially in my chosen field, until you see the dedicated folder I have for rejections and the excel sheet I keep of ongoing applications. However, a worrying trend is emerging.
The close down of Posterous was a sad moment for me. In as much as it seemed to officially mark the end of what had felt like a brave new approach - I'm not sure to what but certainly new - in an instant world of publishing to large audiences that seemed to hold powerful potential in the right hands.