The bitterness and resentment generated by ‘envy’ can easily be overcome with a basic understanding of what it really is, and by recognising when and how it influences our minds: Get the process of civilisation rolling!
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
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if human beings could become as excited about promoting an altruistic, benevolent society as they are for competition, self promotion and personal status? But ‘excitement’ is nature’s method of motivating animals to act in certain ways, and as a consequence of our evolved animal heritage we are far more easily excited by fear, sex, … More When being righteous can make you as uncivilised as your opponents
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