The raising of unrealistic expectations
The Ruining of Love
Severn External Factors that we blame ourselves for
Work Under Capatalism
The ineffectiveness of government against the drug cartels has led many to call for a change of strategy
Time for a Change
It is hard to argue that consumption of a product made safer, cheaper and more available would fall
Practice and Principle
A 100 years ago the world was struggling to rise above poverty, pandemics and oppression
A Long History
For a long time many have wondered what has gong wrong
One Hundred Years
A failure of autocratic politics
A Particular Path
Society downplays how hard it is to succeed
An unfair ideal
In Japan even the most horrifying violence, as long as it is not real, is judged for its aesthetics only.
Tatemae and Honne
The morbid taste that runs through Japanese culture is a direct result of conforming to such a strict and limiting code of normality.
Needing achievement, wealth and status all drive us to produce and consume
Secrets Behind the Success
It is difficult to get easy answers to the question of what to do with our working lives
A Difficult Task
The rich do not necessarily work harder then the poor
Are the rich really more productive and more deserving?
Eat less meat, you’ll be healthier and so will the planet
A little less?
A web of interests supports the picture of growing up as inevitable decline.
No Time is Best
Would you live your life over if given the chance?
Better than the Last
We live in a system that dazzles us with toys and bewilders us with trivial products
Suffer we must it seems, but there are many ways to do it
How to be a Good Sufferer
Were we to internalize the fact that we only have this life in which to engage the world we might fight back against our sorrow.
In Search of Lost Time
A state of steady anxiety may be a reasonable response to the real threats of the economic environment
Not Your Fault
We cannot call the best of ourselves to the fore at will
More Fickle than you Think
Our anxiety over our position in the world
A Common Worry
Ones standing, value and importance to society.
A Need for Love
The desire for sexual as well as psychological union is one of the defining characteristics of romantic love
Freedom and Pleasure
Our desire for love from others is inseparable from our desire for visibility
Personality and Self-esteem
There are several factors that effect the degrees to which visibility is possible
There is another mirror in which we can see perceive our psychological self
In the general sense love is our emotional response to that which we value
Judgment and Orientation
Without understanding our aloneness we cannot understand love
Alone in the Universe
Few moments in the history of thought have been as much the subject of dispute
The Light of the Past
It has been well known for some time that the citizens of the West dislike politics
Too Important for Politicians
Our possibilities of helping others to be free are larger than ever.
We are the 100 million
Mass production requires organization of consumption and leisure
Shaper of Desires
Is society driven by an economic order hostile to the concept of limits and mortality?
Mortality and Limit
How to understand the technology of civilizations of millions of years ahead of ours?
Emerging Type 1
Finding acceptance can just be experiencing less bad days than good
The Five Stages of Grief
Whether benevolence is grounded in feeling or reason is not important
Open to Manipulation
Death stamps our being as limited, fragile, and vulnerable.
Never too Late
Defenders of liberal societies express a lack of confidence in the basic ideas that underpin them
Evil in the World
We know it isn’t the down trodden swelling the ranks of Islamic fundamentalists
A Desire for Transcendence
The word ‘liberal’ existed in language long before it existed politically
A Distinct Character
Proceduralism is a commitment to rules over violence
A Separation of Powers
Narcissism denotes a degree of unreality in the individual and in culture
Psychological and Cultural
Grown-up men and women look the world in its face
Labeling people evil presumes a familiarity of the human soul where there no such right
Hopes are not ungrounded if their signposts are real
Vive la Republic
The basic rule of Kant’s moral reasoning
And End, not a Mean
The Enlightenment held movement, not rest, to be the key to human happiness
My Perfection, your Happiness
Classical Liberalism emphasized freedom, modern Liberalism emphasizes equability
Positive and Negative Liberty
Why does our culture insist that we be happy?
Is Happiness the Point of Life?
In the English language the word happiness is also used in three ways
As many people as possible should have a say over the direction their lives will take.
There has been a long history of concern for animals and their moral status.
Another form of Prejudice?
Openness is a two way street
Not Just One Way
What does the evidence tell us from the places where assisted suicide has been legalized?
A Popular Desire
Immigration does not follow the usual left-right lines that divide liberal societies
A Liberal View
Strictly speaking, right cannot be a matter of knowledge, though it’s often the thing we want to know most of all.
Between Is and Ought
Should doctors be allowed to help the suffering and terminally ill to die when they choose?
Today we have not stories but science and science has taught us how bad we are
Not that Bad
Religion is a way of expressing reverence and morality that are felt in every culture we know
Loving Life in All its Forms
Death is a powerful reminder of our capacity to enhance life and make it more fruitful
Mortal and Needy
What do Physicists think of the meaning of life?
You’re much better of buying an experience rather than a thing
What Makes us Happy and Why
You need not be Peter Pan to feel uneasy about the prospect of becoming adult.
Harder Than you Think
To avoid the term Liberalism is to run from the past, and liberals have no reason to do so
The Many Meanings of Liberalism
Mortality undoes the pretensions of egoism and self regard
Dependence and Empowerment
The dark background which death supplies brings out the tender colours of life in all their fullness.
The idea of injustice, of bad things happening to good people, has ancient and universal resonance
A Natural Right for All
The Enlightenment’s appeal to reason began as opposition to authority that had been inherited but never justified.
Bringing the Is and Ought together
Enlightenment thinkers were all the more keen to keep the parts of religion they held essential as faith in traditional Christianity became more difficult to retain
A Reaction to Truth?
Most people have a myth of a golden age from which we are in decline
The Necessity of Ideals
Look for ordinary examples of goodness and you may well be stumped
Heroism for the Modern Age
Religion is not the source of ideas of good and evil, but one way to respond to them.
Not Always with Us
The triumph of the Brexit campaign is a warning to the liberal international order
The Politics of Anger
Anthropocentrism is to see everything as having humankind at the centre
Support for the populist right in America and parts of Europe is unparalleled since the second world war.
Populist Ideas Need Defeating
Born in an era of flux, liberalism tells us not so much what to think but more how to think.
Seven Important Temperements
We are a moral animal and have a need to see the world in moral terms
It's Up to Us
There is evidence that annimal feelings may be a lot richer than science once thought
Animals think, therefore…
It is rare an animal that shows as much panache in its mimicry as Dolly did
Do Animals have Feelings?
Some animals seem to display pity for diseased and injured members of their group
Some animals can sing and learn sign language
Understanding Animal Communication
On the night he died, Alex told Irene Pepperberg, “You be good. I love you.”
Animals and Culture
There is a great deal more to learn about animal minds.
Animal's Mental Abilities
To see the importance of its society to a social animal, look at the stories of those which are taken out of their natural communities.
Spot the Difference
The idea of death, the fear of it, haunts the human animals like nothing else
A Terrifying World
Science confers huge power to change the world. Can people be trusted to harness it for good?
Not surprisingly, the meaning of life has been approached a number of ways by numbers of writers all posing the question: “What the point of life is?”
Happiness Rewards the Activity of Seeking to Achieve
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