Category Archives: Philosophy

Cultural Edutainment: The Spirit of Marcus Garvey – By Ron Bobb-Semple – August 18-19. 2017- Guyana

The Spirit of Marcus Garvey      Continue reading

The puzzling way that writing heals the body – BBC Future investigates

Can writing about pain and secret feelings really help boost your body’s immune system? BBC Future investigates.

In 1986 the psychology professor James Pennebaker discovered something extraordinary, something which would inspire a generation of researchers to conduct several hundred studies. He asked students to spend 15 minutes writing about the biggest trauma of their lives or, if they hadn’t experienced a trauma, their most difficult time.

They were told to let go and to include their deepest thoughts, even if they had never shared these thoughts before. Four days running they did the same thing. It wasn’t easy. Pennebaker told me that roughly one in 20 students would end up crying, but when asked whether they wanted to continue they always did.      Continue reading

Having a Say on Father’s Day – By Yvonne Sam

Having a Say on Father’s Day – By Yvonne Sam

The day is not exclusive to receiving

Many men and women (men moreso) talk ruefully of the emotional emptiness they feel, when they think about their father. They may sense love there, but also a big question mark—What did he feel?  What did he stand for?  What did I mean to him?  Father’s Day will soon be here and it’s an apt time to ponder on the topic.

The secondary school I attended hosted an annual Father/ son Day concert. The disc jockey (whose job it appeared to my youthful mind was to see that all fathers made fools of themselves) lined fathers on one side of the hall facing sons on the other. The challenge was to see which side could sing the loudest to certain selected songs.    Continue reading

I’ve Never Voted with Hope Before. Jeremy Corbyn Has Changed That – George Monbiot | The Guardian UK

I’ve Never Voted with Hope Before. Jeremy Corbyn Has Changed That

The Labour leader’s improved performance and raft of popular policies have given me an unfamiliar feeling as I prepare to go to the polls: OPTIMISM

George Monbiot | The Guardian UK

How they mocked …. My claim, in a Guardian video a month ago, that Labour could turn this election around, was received with hilarity. “Fantasy Island”, “pure pie in the sky”, “delusional”, “magical thinking”, “grow up” were among the gentler comments.

The election campaign, almost everyone agreed, would be a victory lap for the Conservatives. The only question was whether Theresa May would gain a massive majority or a spectacular one. Now the braying voices falter.

Could it really happen? No prediction, in these volatile times, should carry much weight.

But this we can say: a Labour win is no longer an impossible dream. It is certainly a dream, for those of us who have been waiting, longer than my adult life, for a government beholden only to the people, rather than to the City or the owners of newspapers. But it is now a plausible one. And why not?       Continue reading

The Power of One! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Can one person really make a difference?

Can an individual change the world by doing good? We hear the wonderful words of inspiration from some of the leading thinkers of our time. Many believe they can lift mountains if they put their minds to it. It is not rocket science to think that one person can change the world if that person applies him or herself to the task ahead.

Making a difference is about creating changes that will benefit others. There will be challenges but one should hold a firm course and not be distracted. Mahatma Gandhi has said that we must be the change that we want to see. The anthropologist Margaret Mead has stated that, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful and committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”     Continue reading

Buxton-Friendship Express newsletter – May 2017

Fellow Buxtonian/Friend,

Please enjoy our May 2017 issue of Buxton-Friendship Express. You may download the attached copy, or click on the following link to read:


Lorna Campbell

Editor, Buxton-Friendship Express

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Articles on Musings of Derek Walcott’s Life and Work – Dr. Jaydeep Sarangi – Muse India

Articles on Musings of Derek Walcott’s Life and Work – Dr. Jaydeep Sarangi – Muse India

Derek Walcott

Muse India Issue 73 has just been released with Dr. Jaydeep Sarangi’s editorial collection of review research Articles on Musings of Derek Walcott’s Life and Work. All the articles on Derek Walcott are by South Asian academic scholars, except the one by Leonard Dabydeen, which is reflecting a writer from North America (Canada) and the Caribbean.

A future book publication on Derek Walcott is still a work in progress to be edited by Dr. Sarangi.

See Muse India Publication: Derek Walcott in Muse India – Issue 73 – May-June 2017

Why we should give everyone a basic income | Rutger Bregman | TEDxMaastricht

Why we should give everyone a basic income | Rutger Bregman | TEDxMaastricht

“Ideas can and do change the world,” says historian Rutger Bregman, sharing his case for a provocative one: guaranteed basic income. Learn more about the idea’s 500-year history and a forgotten modern experiment where it actually worked — and imagine how much energy and talent we would unleash if we got rid of poverty once and for all.

“STATUS ANXIETY” – Why Money Can’t Buy Happiness – By Alexander Green

Status Anxiety – Why Money Can’t Buy Happiness

Alexander Green

Chief Investment Strategist, The Oxford Club | Investment U

Here at Investment U, we often talk about how to accumulate wealth. But today, we’re digging into the question of why we seek wealth. Enjoy this excerpt from Alex Green’s Beyond Wealth series. It’s an illuminating look at what money can do – and what it can’t do.

In 1759, Adam Smith inquired in his Theory of Moral Sentiments about why we seek wealth. Is it to meet our basic wants and needs?

No, he concluded. “The wages of the meanest laborer can supply them.”

The point of all our striving, he argued, is “to be observed, to be attended to, to be taken notice of with sympathy, complacency and approbation.”      Continue reading

Israel: Parliamentary Riffraff – Uri Avnery

Parliamentary Riffraff 

Uri Avnery

WHEN I first entered the Knesset, I was shocked by the low standard of its debates. Speeches were full of clichés, platitudes and party slogans, the intellectual content was almost nil.

That was 52 years ago. Among the members were David Ben-Gurion, Menachem Begin, Levi Eshkol and several others of their kind.

Today, looking back, that Knesset looks like an Olympus, compared to the present composition of that non-august body.

AN INTELLIGENT debate in today’s Knesset would be as out of place as a Pater Noster [Our Father] in a Synagogue.    Continue reading

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