Once Upon a Time, A Unicorn Fell off a Bunk-Bed…

Life is hard – there’s no denying that.  We tell ourselves that the best way we can deal with it is to forget about being happy.

Head down.

Shoulder to the wheel.

If we can just be successful then we’ll be happier.

But is that true?

This talk makes a very good and comprehensive case for capsizing our conceptual frameworks around being happy.

When all your desires are distilled, you will cast just two votes: to love more, and be happy. Hafiz of Persia.

Photograph – Title: “Happy 2nd Lieutenant William Robertson and Lt. Alexander Sylvashko, Russian Army…” 04/25/1945

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Educate Girls and Change the World

There is no tool for development more effective than the education of girls.
Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General

I can’t say it better than that – or this –


A Challenge to Change

No one has the right to do wrong, not even if wrong has been done to them. (Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning, p.98)

Here’s an idea that has the potential to change the world.


No more retribution.

No more revenge.

No more justification of wrong-doing.

He doesn’t moralise just simply states the case.

Now there’s a challenge if ever I heard one.


Photograph – Two women boxing. Format: Repository: Phillips Glass Plate Negative Collection, Powerhouse Museum


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Girl Power

Camfed – Campaign for Female Education – has discovered that poverty is the main obstacle to the education of girls.

Research shows that the consequences of not educating girls are not only felt by the individual girls but by the entire society.

If you educate a girl she’ll:

  • Earn up to 25 percent more and reinvest 90 percent in her family.
  • Be three times less likely to become HIV-positive.
  • Have fewer, healthier children who are 40 percent more likely to live past the age of five.

So it appears that if you educate girls then you not improve the quality of their lives but, it seems, you also improve the quality of everybody’s life.

Investing in girls and women is likely to prevent inter-generational cycles of poverty and yield high economic and societal returns – Ban K-Moon, United Nations Secretary General.

If we want a functional, happy, healthy world we need to find ways to unleash more girl power it seems…


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Why You Need Unity (even if you think you’re fine on your own)

The oneness of humanity is a biological fact.  Now that the human genome has been unravelled it is indisputable that we are all one big, untidy, unhappy and disunited family.

So, though we might find it hard to live together, trying to dominate, eliminate or harm each other is about as logical as taking a dislike to one of your limbs and trying to get rid of it.

As Albert Einstein described it –

A human being is a part of the whole, called by us “Universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security. (1)

(1) Letter of 1950, as quoted in The New York Times (29 March 1972) and The New York Post (28 November 1972).