Time of Cinders

Many Northern European cultures once referred to the sensitive period of adolescence as the time of the cinders.
During this time children would often take to sitting by the fire all day.
Unmotivated, simply letting the world go by, they would seem to be doing nothing and getting nowhere. Sound familiar to anyone with teenage children? … More Time of Cinders

The two sides of Empathy

Empathy is considered to be an overwhelmingly positive attribute. It is associated with kindness, compassion and social cohesion. Kids with empathetic parents have well-documented advantages: less depression, less aggression, more empathy themselves. Most psychologists would argue that empathy is a learned behavior rather than an inherent quality. Much like language, there is a threshold for assimilating empathy. Children … More The two sides of Empathy

Order and Chaos (Theory)

  Order is a place of safety, familiarity and predictability.  As human beings we crave order. Order is the familiar route home, the set routine, patterns, cycles, templates, traditions and solvable equations. In short, order is all that is known. Chaos is a place of unfamiliarity and unpredictability. Chaos is utilised by story tellers, movie … More Order and Chaos (Theory)

The Sacred Masculine in the Wake of Feminism

Feminism has encouraged a narrow definition of what might be deemed “acceptable” masculinity.  Throughout history, women have had to undermine their own truth to fit, societal expectations of the “perfect female” and it has led to problems on both an individual and social scale. To ask men to do the same may create some cathartic sense of justice but will only further compound the original problem of inequality. Rather than seeking after further diminishing we should rather be consciously seeking the best for one another by constantly striving to be the best version of our selves. … More The Sacred Masculine in the Wake of Feminism