We men continue to blight the world with the same aggressive competitive behaviour that has been the cause of universal suffering throughout our history. Generally, these troubling characteristics appear to be an innate feature of our male ‘nature’, which we can see mirrored in the behaviour of other mammal species, from apes to zebras. But … More The troublesome folly of man’s quest for glory & how we may overcome it
The insecurities and resentment generated by ‘envy’ can be overcome with a basic understanding of this emotion; once we recognise that the sense of authenticity perceived in the ‘glory’ of hagioptasia is merely an illusion, the power of ‘envy’ to control our feelings can be quickly undermined.
One aspect of human nature where we can clearly witness the intellectualisation and exploitation of our instinctive drives is in our fascination with ‘status’. Systems of status and hierarchy have evolved within animal species to ensure the fitter, stronger and more determined individuals will dominate the breeding, or become the leaders of the group. For … More The roots of narcissism & other highly problematic human traits
It may be quite a surprise to hear that you have an innate emotion which you never knew existed, and this is not because it has little influence – contrariwise – but because the effects of its influence are largely misconstrued as being products of the the human intellect alone. We experience this emotion in … More An Emotion You Never Knew Existed
Although we all interpret and respond to works of art in our own individual ways, dependent on our unique personalities and circumstances, the more general reactions are regularly shared with others; a ‘sombre’ piece of music, a ‘joyous’ dance, or maybe even a ‘disturbing’ piece of sculpture. But perhaps the most intriguing of these shared … More Transcending ‘Transcendence’
In a recent BBC documentary Who’s Afraid of Conceptual Art? art historian Dr James Fox “embarks on an open-minded guide for the perplexed and asks ‘What is conceptual art?’ ‘How should we approach it?’ and crucially, ‘Why should we care?’” About halfway through, Dr Fox discovers a work of conceptual art that really appears to … More Conceptual art and the employment of glamour