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?
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?
My generation spend 3 hours a day on our phones. We are isolated and stressed. We don't feel like we have any friends. Millennials had it bad, Gen Z have it worse, so what next? Do we accept the fact that we’re all slightly screwed, and destined to be lonely forever?
From climate change and Brexit to the fear of being seen in public without makeup, there is much to be fearful about in the world today. Even the vast improvements in almost every area of global health, wealth and education do little to make us more hopeful. Is there anything that can help?
Growing up I didn't have a clue what I wanted to be. I still don't now. I don't think I'm alone. Yet people still love to say 'you do you'.
Why is it so deeply frustrating when we don't get something we feel we deserve, and less so when we get a good thing that we certainly don't? Is the idea that we could have it all hindering our hope of happiness?
It is only when we live without touch that we realise how fundamental it is to our existence. In a culture with endless rules governing our physical interactions, how can we reclaim the innocence of touch again?
Our national political dialogue has become increasingly toxic. And our social media feeds are full of online abuse. On last week’s Question Time, Rory Stewart recently argued we need more love in politics. Is this just political cliché, or is this the hope for our divided nation?
I’m Ben and I’m a workaholic. Work was my obsession, my first love, and my daily adrenaline fix. Now I’ve realised there is something so much better.