Poor, overweight and downright resolution-weary, we’re approaching what’s been branded ‘the most depressing day of the year’ — Blue Monday. But for those of us who’ve struggled with real debt, it’s no joking matter. And here’s a message of hope.
Veganuary has become the latest craze of middle class Londoners. Veganism is growing in popularity and a culture war is emerging over the nation’s eating habits. But what’s driving the growth of this movement?
Watching my dad fade away as the ravages of dementia take their toll has prompted the question: Where does the real you reside? As millions of us will suffer from dementia in the years to come, what does this mean in an age in which we preference the mind over the body?
In September 2016, after an unfortunate incident with a margarita mix and a line of runaway shopping trolleys, Eleanor Shellstrop found herself in The Good Place. You're probably a better person than she was, but would you make it in? Are you sure?
Is faith just 'the opium of the masses' or a crutch for the weak? Is it just a self-help method to make you feel a bit better about your miserable life? It won't surprise you to find that I think there's more to it than that.
Why do we have an almost perverse fascination with catastrophe? We love hearing about disasters and replaying them over and over. Once we get to know the detail, we are hooked. But does anyone know the full story of our lives, their every detail?
I'm sick of hearing about our screwed up world and the horrible things people do in it. But more than that, I'm sick of my inability to admit how much of the problem I am myself. We label society as 'sick', but what is society and its behaviour if not a collection of us individuals and the choices we make?
When Matt Damon won an Oscar at 27 years of age he experienced a moment of insight that changed his life, saving him from wasting years pursuing something relatively meaningless. We all need to get perspective like this. The question is, how?
For many Londoners, the default assumption around Christianity is that it's intolerant and outdated. To follow Christianity (or any religious worldview) would limit your freedom and consequently your happiness. So, why exactly is Christianity so oppressive? And why do so many people follow it if it is?
If we learnt anything from classic films such as American Pie and The 40-year-old Virgin, it was this: the pinnacle of human experience is to have sex. Therefore, a life without it must be the absolute WORST. I respectfully disagree. Life without sex ain't all that bad. Get yourself a cup of tea, have a sit down and read about my adventures in celibacy.
In our ‘post-truth’ world, attitudes towards established grand narratives have changed. Old assumptions are being challenged, but not always for the right reasons. We explore why 40% of adults in the UK believe that Jesus was not a real, historical person.
Somehow we have come to attach the idea of ‘freedom’, and particularly freedom of thought, to atheism. Religious people are shackled to ideas that exert power of them, almost as though they are helpless victims. But the atheist is free… Well, sort of. But no.
Have you ever been so focused on one thing that you completely miss something else, even if it's right in front of you? Well, you're not the only one. In this article Georgie explores the significance of our preoccupations, and why we have to look beyond them to what we might be missing.
As someone who has moved many times over my lifetime so far, I have often struggled with the concept of home. Is home where you live or where you come from? Is it your childhood or your culture? Is it your family or your significant other? Many of us feel homesick for a place we’ve never even been and we ask: can home even be a place anymore? And how do we find a lasting home?
This world is dying, literally and humans are causing some of the most damage. We know that unless we address population growth, nothing we do will ever be enough to stay the inevitable desperate lack of resources that is on its way. And yet at the same time we fervently pour millions of pounds worth of research into life-prolonging technologies and treatments. Why?