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.
Anxiety is definitely rising rapidly. And it is not hard to find explanations everywhere you look; changing lifestyles, stress-inducing technologies, fraying communities, and apocalyptic prophets. But, there is one great factor that is not often spoken about, but which seems to be present under all of our anxious feelings.
Loneliness affects everyone. But there seems to be a particular problem today with men, who do not acknowledge it, with fatal consequences. What can we do?
Natasha arrived in London from South Africa in 2017 to a new job and plenty of opportunity. Despite achieving her professional aspirations, she still felt like something was missing. She went along to the Salt Course and found a place where she could explore her spiritual questions and doubts. You can watch her story here.
Have you been 'good' today and had a salad, or were you 'bad' and reached for a cookie? It's not uncommon to hear moralistic descriptions around food. But why are we so puritanical about what we consume?
Science continues to uncover the hidden laws of our ordered universe, without which life could not exist. But it can't hope to answer the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything: why are we here? Here's why believing in natural order without design demonstrates more faith than you might think.
The story of the West over the past century has been a story of the fight for freedom. We have been part of an unstoppable campaign, with no obvious end in sight, and one single purpose: the freedom of the individual to create their own identity, live as they choose, and express that life to the full. Has this made us any happier?