Tagged: lifestyle

New Zealand pohutukawa trees on the coast

Good health

It’s the festive season—a time to gather with friends and family to celebrate the year passed, a time to toast one another’s good health. Health. Such a deceptively dull word and yet the word...

Jimmy Carter addressing the nation via an old TV

Jimmy Carter said it in 1979

I was only 10 when Jimmy Carter delivered his ‘Crisis of Confidence’ televised speech to the American people. So his words were new to me when, earlier this year, I heard parts of the...

Capitalism, we have a problem

Capitalism, we have a problem

There is a teeny-weeny problem with capitalism: it’s fundamentally flawed. There, I wrote it. I hope I won’t get thrown in jail. Something about capitalism (defined as ‘an economic system based on private ownership...

Section of the Gaugin painting Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?

The ninth need

In addition to the eight needs in my theory of universal human needs, I believe we also share an over-arching ninth need*: the need to understand who we are, why we exist, how we...

Nautilus shell

A theory of universal human needs

Even simpler than Abraham Maslow’s 5-tier Hierarchy of Needs, and Clayton Alderfer’s 3-part ERG Theory, my Theory of Universal Human Needs has just two types of need: survival and betterment. Why we do the things we...

A man holding a baby

Organized for romance

If I had to describe my experience of fatherhood in a single word I would choose surprising. Sure, wonderful, exhausting, fun, and rewarding would all have made the list, but surprise is the emotion I...