How To Simplify Your Life

It is well understood by good parents that life should only ever get so exciting for a baby: after friends…

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The Art of Diplomacy

We tend to associate diplomacy with embassies, international relations and high politcs. But it really refers to a set of…

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The Hard Work of being Lazy

At times, perhaps without quite knowing why, we slip into a resolutely ‘lazy’ mood. We’re simply not able to write…

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The Importance of an Unhappy Adolescence

Being unhappy is never wholly to be recommended, but if there is any period of life in which if the…

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How A Messed Up Childhood Affects You In Adulthood

We are, all of us, beautifully crazy or, to put it in gentler terms, fascinatingly unbalanced. Our childhoods, even the…

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Why It’s Useful to Think of Yourself As a Sinner

One of the strangest ideas bequeathed to us by religion is the notion that it might be wise and socially…

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A Reason Not to Worry What Others Think

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus is a large painting from the 1560s that hangs in Belgium’s largest museum, the…

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The Seven Deadly Sins

Christianity has, traditionally, spoken a lot about sinners. In the fourth century, the Church identified ‘seven deadly sins’: failings of…

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