An Ode to Lviv (Part 2): On Creativity

Once, as I was researching a uni assignment on the education of refugee children, I read the argument that since destruction is the essence of war, peace is not the opposite of war; creativity is.

No matter which political position you take, it is difficult to deny that Ukraine is affected by the ongoing military conflict in its eastern regions. Continue reading “An Ode to Lviv (Part 2): On Creativity”

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An Ode to Lviv (Part 1): What I Won’t Tell You

I could tell you about the handicapped men begging on the stairs of churches and the mentally unstable homeless women scouring rubbish bins.

I could tell you about Continue reading “An Ode to Lviv (Part 1): What I Won’t Tell You”

On Selfishness, Selflessness and Singleness

Often we tell single twenty-somethings that this time of their lives is for them, that they should enjoy it because they will never have as much time for themselves as they do now. And yet we wonder why fear of commitment abounds and divorce has become the new normal.

We assume that selfishness can be turned on and off. We forget that selflessness, Continue reading “On Selfishness, Selflessness and Singleness”

On Mother’s Day

One of the first things that children learn is to label the people (especially adults) in their lives.

Mum and Dad.

Aunt and Uncle.

And even as our world broadens and we meet more people, some related to us and some not, these four terms of address remain our most frequently used ones.

But do we ever learn what these terms really mean?

Do we ever teach our children more than simply which biological relative is entitled to which label?

Do we ever teach our children about the kind of roles and responsibilities each label entails? 

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This Is What “13 Reasons Why” Really Teaches Us

If, like me, you have not finished watching the Netflix Original “13 Reasons Why” because you found the themes too confronting, the main character rather self-centred and most of the scenes overly dramatic, I will spare you thirteen precious hours of your life and tell you how the series ends: Clay Jensen realises that he could have prevented Hannah Baker’s suicide if he had only been brave enough to admit his feelings for her.

What a ridiculous notion, would you not agree? 

And yet, on second thoughts, the author may have a point. Continue reading “This Is What “13 Reasons Why” Really Teaches Us”

To All Struggling Students: On Faith and Studying

There has been many a book written and many a sermon served on the connection between spirituality and family life, in particular marriage and child-rearing. Motherhood is celebrated in many religions and marriage is presented as an essential to living a wholesome life. But what about those of us, who are too grown to be submitted to our parents’ will, but too young to have children to submit to our own will?

Is this season any less holy than any other season? In other words, is this time of our lives any easier or less difficult than other times?

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