As tough times befall our little island, the likes of which we’ve not encountered since WW2, we should say a Stoic prayer: things can get worse, things will get worse, yet however bad things get, I have some small ability to make them better.
Author Archives: Liam Doherty
Nine degrees celsius is the present sea temperature, enough to make the uninitiated yelp upon entry (as I’ve had the sick pleasure of witnessing with several friends over the years), and more than enough to make any extremity turn white, or turn around and retreat back inside of you.
Thoughts on Kids and Device Safety
Kids will make seemingly safe devices unsafe by their innate impulse to explore and experiment, without giving it a second thought. As adults, we lose that, we give things a second thought, we see danger everywhere, where it is and where it isn’t. Kids are blind to ‘the other side’ of boundaries we adults set, they don’t foresee the negative possibilities of pushing against the boundaries, and bounding over them the second your back is turned.
The Comeback of the Century: Fury Rises
After the burning blatancy of the boxing judges’ corruption cooled down for me, the performance became something greater than its result: it was Fury’s ode to bravery and boxing prowess, to the endurance and tenacity of the human spirit, despite all that went before, defying and defeating the odds which once seemed stacked against him. Indeed, a dramatic representation of humans becoming superhuman, our generation’s fight of the century: ‘The Comeback of the Century: Fury Rises’.
1IQ #5: Do I Have To?
When rain hits your windshield, it impairs your view. You see droplets, but you don’t see through them. The more it rains, the less you see. That is, until enough raindrops fall to merge into one sheet of water, through which you can then see clearly. In the same way, little droplets of thought descendContinue reading “1IQ #5: Do I Have To?”
Dinner Date and Expectations
Wishing for all the qualities that comprise your perfect imaginary person to fortuitously manifest within a real life person, who is ‘just your type’, is a childish fancy. These sorts of games should really be abandoned at the same time you stop playing make-believe. It reduces your chances of finding and building relationships with people outside that imaginary bracket; real-life people with nonphysical qualities that actually matter, and make for healthy relationships, like honesty, loyalty, compassion, and so on.
1IQ #4: Stalin’s Choreography
On the geopolitical level, Stalin was facing off with an estranged American dance partner from back in WWII, in a confrontation we now know as the Cold War. On the political level, Stalin was a choreographer, manipulating some of history’s most malevolent characters for his own purposes. On the all too human level, Stalin was a spectacular bully, making grown men dance for his own perverse amusement.
1IQ #3: Mike Tyson’s Mantra
“Everybody’s got a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” – Mike Tyson
1IQ #2: A Russian Proverb
Take risks, reap rewards, and savour your champagne.
1IQ #1: The Deathbed
“Most people get truthful only when death is imminent… Suppose I’m going to die now. Have I done things that are really worthwhile in my life? Things that I could be proud of? Things worth spending my life on?”