Do you know how to spot a liar? Or for that matter whether your partner is the right one for you, or who to vote for? Throughout our lives we have questions like this that need answers. The recent proliferation of TED Talks and self-help books reveal that our search for wisdom even in these modern times is very much alive. We want to know how best to live so we can live our best lives. But are we looking for answers in the right places?
This year I finally managed to kick my obesity in the teeth. For two decades, I have struggled with being fat and have wrestled with consistent negative thoughts about my body. Yet despite enjoying clothes that no longer cut off my circulation and the health benefits of being slimmer, I find myself still hating my body when I look in the mirror. This is a problem I know isn't mine alone. So why is it that so many of us are ashamed of our bodies?
It's been utterly ghastly to hear my friends share the drawn out reality of trying to prosecute someone for sexually abusing a child. The sexual abuse of children is an unspeakable evil, but its unspoken nature allows it to continue. Every institution, from the courts to the church, are failing exactly the people they should protect.