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That elusive quest for happiness

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That elusive quest for happiness

Even though every part of our lives is surrounded by comfort and technology; we have an exceptional level of personal freedom and liberty; and we have tastes and experiences our grandparents couldn't imagine, we are no happier. Why is that the case?

Why are we so awkward about patriotism?

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Why are we so awkward about patriotism?

Many of us think of patriotism the same way we would a venereal disease: we may happen to exhibit a few symptoms from time to time but we would be extremely uncomfortable to discuss it. What does patriotism mean in today’s world and why do we feel so awkward about it? How can we bring people together without leading to exclusion of others?

The art of lying

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The art of lying

Get ahead in life. Win friends. Shortcut your way to the top. Choose the liar's path and a life full of power, wealth and adoration could be yours. What’s the catch?

The young are being let down by our politicians

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The young are being let down by our politicians

It has been billed as the election of a generation, and yet one generation has been conspicuously ignored by the political classes. What does our lack of care for the youngest in our society tell us about ourselves?

When you know of sexual abuse in the Church

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When you know of sexual abuse in the Church

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.

Clean eating: the new religion

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Clean eating: the new religion

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?

London is bleeding: how can we stop the knife crime epidemic?

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London is bleeding: how can we stop the knife crime epidemic?

Knife crime is soaring in London. Politicians seem to blame each other, but have no answers. Is there any hope for our city?

No God, no human rights?

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No God, no human rights?

It seems the general view today is that human rights are a collection of socially-created values, which we have agreed are inviolable and universal to everyone. However, it becomes problematic when we argue that on one hand human rights are inherent, and on the other hand admit that they are rules that we have created ourselves. If we can make up our own moral code, why can’t someone else and what do we do when the two clash?

Ten questions for pro-choice people

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Ten questions for pro-choice people

The discussion over abortion is often full of rancour, in which neither side is really listening to the other. This tends to only result in more deeply entrenched views. Here are ten distinct and genuine questions for pro-choice people that will (at the least) give an insight into the way pro-life people think on this issue.