Sunday, 15 May 2016

Stop Trying to 'Find' Yourself

Here's something for navel contemplators to meditate on -

The authors of The Path: A New Way to Think About Everything endorse the 2000-year old stance of Confucious, who thought that looking within was a futile exercise. Why so? Because it seems that there is no true self and no means to finding a self by looking within. Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh write that what you would find by undertaking this exercise is nothing more than a snapshot of that particular moment. Who we are at any given moment is ephemeral - it arises from our constantly changing interactions with other people.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Lord of the Flies is, as you know, a contemporary classic. So, you might ask, how have I got to the age of xx without reading it before now. Well, I suppose it's because I didn't particularly enjoy the film all those years ago.

Lord of the Flies 1963 film


To be honest, I picked up the book at the library because there were lean pickings in the bin of books available for the Three Book Challenge by the time I got around to it. And I was pleasantly surprised, though I had to speed read because my three-week challenge ends today and I have to return the book to the library. Nevertheless, I was very pleasantly surprised - because, as you might expect from somebody who won the Nobel Prize for Literature, William Golding is a superb master of his craft.

First published in 1954, the edition that I have been reading was published for the William Golding Centenary in 2011 and has an introduction by Stephen King.  He writes that the novel is 'as exciting, relevant and thought-provoking now as when Golding published it in 1954'.

The plot - a group of around 30 small boys are the only survivors of a plane crash on a desert island. Unsupervised, their sense of order fades and their behaviour starts to become savage and murderous.

Lord of the Flies 1990 film