What is simple isn’t necessarily easy

Time we stopped mixing up the two concepts Not a random photo, as you’ll see in a bit. (Photo: Ayo Ogunseinde) What’s simple is not necessarily easy. Everyone kind of knows this, but people still get the two mixed up. And with good reason, considering that both are about ease. So what’s the difference? Here’s a …

I’m tired of hearing older people blame younger ones

A riff off of that Simon Sinek video So I just (finally!) watched this 15-minute Simon Sinek video on millennials [1], and what’s wrong with them. Sinek [2] makes a number of great points in the video, which overall is a critique of millennials and how we are disconnecting from one another, and you really should …

Communication breakdown

Photo: Lily Lvnatikk A poem No one is an island, they saybut they lie, for what else are we?Bounded by our hard egosand separated by a vast sea of sheer individuality. Yet, we are not isolatedfor from island to islandleaky boats incessantly floaton currents of speech pilotedby unskilled thought… And long before they reachthe shores, they capsizeor …

The German word that’s changed how I see people

(Bonus: an exercise to go with it that you can do with kids) Early on in my psychiatry training, I was exposed to two concepts that never actually came up in any exams. But they stuck in my head, because they helped make sense of something I’d observed as a generally practising doctor, and have proved …

Not all thinking about death is morbid

A meditation on “dark” subjects Photo: Neil Thomas I often think about what others consider dark topics. Pain. Suffering. Death. Evil. And I’m not just interested in them for their own sake — which is why I don’t consider my interest morbid (as some have described it), but rather for the questions that they raise. I’ve always been one to ask …

Death by criticism

A meditation on sticks, stones and words Harsh criticism and real communication have this in common: Both are about nakedness. And yet, they are fundamentally different. Communication is you in charge. You in the presence of someone else (or even a group), but taking off your clothes yourself, perhaps because they ask, but most importantly, because you …

“Have I anything to say that hasn’t been said?”

A story about how I became free of this question It’s also a story of how one of the most powerful things anyone ever said to me came out of my mouth. It was a piece of advice I gave a friend, except I’m the one who’s never forgotten it, and it happened about a decade …

There are NO “art” or “science” students

Our young people are being sold a lie “I’m an art/science/commerce student.” What?! It distresses me to hear this statement. And it distresses me not just because the statement is a lie (it is—more on that shortly), but especially because it’s a lie that becomes foundational to the speaker’s self-image. Like, just stop already. There’s no …

Be careful what you ask for?

Lessons from Stephen King’s “Needful Things” Just finished Needful Things, by Stephen King, and I’m still reeling. “Everyone loves something for nothing…even if it costs everything.” Stephen King King is truly a king and remains one of my favourite writers ever, since discovering him in secondary school. This 1991 book is a great example of why the …

I was called “boring,” yet I was never bored

How I learned to come to terms with the dichotomy My childhood idea of heaven There’s a Switchfoot song whose lyrics, when I first heard them, felt like a telling of the story of my life. I was trying so hard to fit in, fit inUntil I found outThat I don’t belong here—Switchfoot, The Beautiful Letdown …

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