What’s your dream? Imagine never realising it. What’s your goal? Imagine never achieving it. Who do you love? Imagine they left you (or died). What are you grateful for? Imagine you lost it all. – If the worst came to the worst… (& The Philosophy of: The School of Life)

It may not be useful, or a life worth living, if you go about your usual day imagining the worst is going to happen. That sounds like a bullshit kind of life. But imagining tragedy–the things you most don’t want to– can lead to you being prepared for (and happy …

Maybe the truth is unattainable, but it’s possible to at least get close to it… and further away from what it’s not (The philosophy of: Plato’s Cave)

In Y Tu Mamá También, as part of their manifesto, the Charolastras believe that ‘The Truth is cool, but unattainable’. But that doesn’t mean you can’t try to attain it. And it may not be about learning what’s truth and then confirming it over and over, it might be more important to …

‘It is your life. Invent yourself and then reinvent yourself; don’t swim in the same slough.’ – The philosophy of: Charles Bukowski (Is a life stripped of goals and dreams a meaningless one?) + The philosophy of: Modest Mouse

Is an ambition-free life, one ‘free’ of dreams a meaningless one? Is existence completely in the present a purposeless one?  In Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot, a man is sentenced to death by firing squad but minutes before he’s shot, he is pardoned. In those minutes expecting his death though, he realises …

The Absurdity of: Knowing others, and them knowing you (and why they do what they do) – The philosophy of: Natasha in Tolstoy’s War and Peace

I will never know everything about you. And you won’t know me. It’s impossible to know what it’s like to truly be someone else, to know why they are afraid of what they are, why they worry about what they do, and why they want what they do. The entire …

Fall, Glimmer, Sparkle and Fade (So Much for the Afterglow & Invisible Stars, Burning out in the Dark) – The Philosophy of: Everclear (& what Camus’ Meursault and Neil Young have to do with it)

There is nothing that is as useless as the pursuit of legacy. To be remembered when you’re not living, by people in the future, many of who haven’t been born yet. So instead of trying to be remembered as ‘great’ or successful, ‘Fall Glimmer, Sparkle and Fade’. At the end …

The Philosophy of: California. Go on, try name one place on the planet that’s had more songs written about it than that one.

Why the hell are there about exactly million songs written about some state (just 1 of 50) that stretches for about 850 miles along the Pacific Ocean, in the south west corner of a huge ass country that’s as big as Europe (minus Russia and all that)? It’s because California …

You are the remarkably unremarkable protagonist of the most interesting story there is. One that no one else can truly know all about – Yours. (& The philosophy of: The School of Life)

Think of any fictional character. They all wrestle with desires, motivations, worries and fears similar to yours (they may just have 1 or 2 more superpowers). They are remarkable in how unremarkable they are. That’s what makes their stories universally relatable (even Superman and Harry Potter sprung from abandonment issues). …