I often need to remind myself that I’m here because at some level I choose to be [whether or not I have any awareness of choosing]. This reminder is especially necessary when I run into the shifting challenges of everyday mainstream consciousness. It’s easy to forget that I was there locked into the mainstream myself for quite a long time, playing the game … even when I thought I wasn’t. My resistance and unconventionality was anchored in the convention it raged against … so it was still part of the mental prison of convention. Because it is my choice to be here, it’s worth taking a bit of time to understand what I might be doing here – besides going through the motions of whatever interactions with the external world that seem necessary. This takes me into my head at first, running through all… Read moreA LITTLE REMINDER …

The Culture of Slavery

In our sanitised, everyday, civilised world nobody owns slaves any more. Slavery and forced labour were abolished over 200 years ago in Britain, so it’s perhaps surprising that the practice was not fully outlawed worldwide till 1981.
However, notwithstanding its abolition, slavery persists under the surface of many cultural norms. Acceptance of those norms is often a requisite of good citizenship.

The Edge of Reason

The Edge … there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over. Hunter S. Thompson Few of us have any idea of where a personal journey of self-discovery will lead us, when we set out. Generally the first step is to get beyond the New Year’s Resolution psychosis. You know, where you say you’re going to change things but never quite follow through. Just keeping your promises to yourself, when you’ve decided to make even minor changes in your life, is a major achievement. However success breeds success. So once a minor change has been accomplished the chances are you’ll notice something else that you want to change. It’s a bit like walking through a doorway only to find that there’s another door to go through, one that… Read moreThe Edge of Reason