Socrates, Lincoln, Gandhi and MLK – What do they have in common?

Confusing and tragic events are unfolding simultaneously around me and I’m finding it increasingly hard to translate my emotions and thoughts into clear, coherent words. Venezuela, my home, is being submitted to the torment of perpetual uncertainty, a torture which, to me, easily matches the horrors witnessed by Dante in his Inferno. We have been waiting for years, literally … More Socrates, Lincoln, Gandhi and MLK – What do they have in common?

Perspective

  Perspective is an instrument of depth, and life without perspective is devoid of sense. Imagine one straight line on a white stretched canvas or a single crotchet floating on an empty stave. Imagine a world inhabited by manufactured humans all looking and thinking and feeling the same. No contrast. A single point of reference. Nothing to … More Perspective

Thoughts on Democracy inspired by Socrates

I have just finished Socrates’ Defence, an account of the infamous trial against the Greek philosopher, unjustly accused of morally corrupting the young in Athens and of impiety. The text was written by none other than Plato, Socrates’ loyal pupil and witness at the trial that ultimately sentenced his teacher to death by drinking poison. … More Thoughts on Democracy inspired by Socrates

Another stream of consciousness, this time on exile

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been intermittently consuming high doses of television. First, on the airplane to and back from Houston: a daunting 9-hour flight strapped to an uncomfortable seat, no sleep and few things to do. Then, at home in London, resigned to the dictatorship of the jet lag, which invariably turns … More Another stream of consciousness, this time on exile