Finding Light on the Dark Road

Finding Light on the Dark Road

Ever since I can remember noticing my feelings and moods, I had “black spots”—hours or even days when I would “disappear” into a dark and unpleasant hole. My life would appear pointless. My happiness but a memory. I remember lying wrapped in my duvet at home as a...
The convenience of not setting goals

The convenience of not setting goals

I learned a new skill last year. In fact, to call it a skill does perhaps not do it full justice. For it is in actuality, a capacity for a fundamental orientation toward life. One that much to my shame, I had hitherto forsaken. In common parlance this capacity would...
Journey to Face the Shadow

Journey to Face the Shadow

When I was seven, I stole the cloak from Damien Kelly’s batman figure. I was jealous. My batman didn’t have a cloak. It was second hand and by the time the previous owner had passed it off, the cloak had disappeared. I remember him crying with the teacher, snot...
For When You’ve Lost Purpose

For When You’ve Lost Purpose

“Follow your passion, and you’ll discover your purpose.” They say. Once you discover it, you can live the dream! I first read about the idea of “life purpose” in David Deida’s Way of the Superior Man. An incredible book that showed me, rather uncompromisingly, just...
The Purpose of Life

The Purpose of Life

What is the purpose of life? What is your purpose? My purpose? It’s a word that is as clichéd as it is important. And one I have wrestled with as much as it has inspired me. So often we talk of it as a thing, an ideal we must live up to, a definition we must clarify....
What Makes You Special

What Makes You Special

Human beings have been trading stuff for an awfully long time. Some say for 150,000 years. It’s one of the biggest differentiators between us and the animals. It’s made our lives rich and cooperative. Here’s how it works… If one guy is great at making stone axes, and...