Denial or hope?

We often live in a fantasy world. The world of advertising and media all around us feed us this idea of what life could and should be life, if only we had this product or that amount of money, or if we held a certain status – especially at this time of year. We...

More consumption, less community?

It’s Christmas. Time to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the birth of hope. In a consumer society, it’s time for us all to go out shopping for presents for friends and relatives. But I’ve been thinking recently about the whole concept of what happens when we buy...

An exercise in unconditional love

I had a health check at work yesterday. They checked my blood pressure, my cholesterol levels, my weight, height and BMI (body-mass index). Now anyone who knows me knows that I’ve always had this problem. I love food, and hate exercise. I am not a natural sportsman,...