29 December 2009

The Year Ahead

What are your hopes for the world in the year ahead?

22 December 2009

Thank You

Since beginning this blog, I have been delighted by the thoughtful comments left by visitors here.  I have also appreciated the people who have publicly followed the blog.

Thank you everyone. You have given me the incentive to continue writing this, and to develop Considerate Awareness Magazine online.

Any additional comments, anywhere in the blog, will be appreciated too - even if this is your first visit here.

14 December 2009

True Philosophers

Who do you believe is, or was, a true philosopher?

21 November 2009

Identity

In terms of doing things, I describe my public activities as being those of an independent philosopher, social explorer, researcher, author, publisher, and provider of training and consultancy services.

Through this blog, you will see that I am someone who enjoys asking questions and discovering interesting answers. I'm also the editor of an online magazine called Considerate Awareness.


I do not describe myself in terms of having.

How about you?

In terms of being, well, that is quite personal to me and something I would not want to publish here.

26 October 2009

Humanity Media Award Winners 2009

The winners of the 2009 Humanity Media Awards for Considerate Democracy have just been announced through Considerate Awareness Magazine at camaggi.com.

Click here for more details

Who/what would you nominate for 2010?

13 October 2009

Considerate Awareness Magazine

Do you have an article suitable for inclusion in an online magazine about considerate awareness?


Does your article include answers to many of the questions raised in this blog?


Please visit the magazine's website whenever you have a few moments to spare. There are several links there from here:




Let me know your views by email, too!

08 October 2009

Reviewing This Blog

Have you reviewed this blog recently?

Do you use it as a tool for reflection?

20 September 2009

A Log of Philosophical Questions

Much of this blog is a log of the philosophical questions I enjoy exploring.

The answers are difficult to find, mainly because we each interpret the questions in our own way.

27 July 2009

Overcoming Obstacles

What are the main obstacles to consideration?

What are the main obstacles preventing the development of considerate democracies?

Do such obstacles mainly consist of various types of inconsideration and authoritarianism?

24 July 2009

Humanitarian Approaches to Freedom

Throughout this blog, I ask many questions.

Do you know which problems they may help to solve?

03 July 2009

Language

If you have ever translated someone's web page, or a few sentences of your own words, using an online translator, you may have found that the result is not quite as accurate as you may have wished.

01 July 2009

Maps

Most people are aware that maps are not the same thing as the territory to be explored. Maps merely provide an indication of where the main features might be found by those who travel to places that are unfamiliar to them.

23 June 2009

Money, Politics, Power and Peace

What needs to change so that the misuse of power has less influence in politics?

18 June 2009

The Future of Knowledge

What does the word "knowledge" mean to you?

Since beginning this blog, I have included a few of my favourite quotes about books.

Today, I have decided to place the quotes here:


(The) chief glory of every people arises from its authors
Samuel Johnson


In Books lies the Soul of the whole Past Time
Thomas Carlyle


Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations
Henry David Thoreau


If you would like to know more about my work as a publisher and author...



If you would like to know about the research I'm doing into the future of quality book publishing, please click here.

15 June 2009

Compassion

What is compassion?

10 June 2009

In Tune with Now

To take your philosophical adventure onto another, more advanced level, there is the challenging step of contacting government departments, local councils, universities, colleges, book shops, libraries and all sorts of other places.

You may like to find out, where appropriate, whether various organisations:

  • incorporate ideas about considerate democracy into their policies and organisational structure
  • provide training courses about considerate democracy
  • sell or loan books about considerate democracy

Perhaps the most challenging part of philosophical adventures is that we can be asked to provide definitions of what we mean.

08 June 2009

True Wealth

What is prosperity?

05 June 2009

A Good Book Title

The working title for my next book is How to Find the Right Publisher for a Book about Considerate Democracy. Perhaps that should be its subtitle. What do you think?

Your point of view is especially welcome if you are a book publisher.

01 June 2009

Peace

Are the characteristics that lead to inner peace the same as those leading to world peace?

What does inner peace mean to you?

28 May 2009

Awakening Awareness

What do you believe it means to be a well educated person?

I would be interested to know if you agree or disagree with Ivan Illich's 1971 assessment, in Celebration of Awareness, that education should be about:

...the awakening awareness of new levels of human potential and the use of one's creative powers to foster human life.

How might this blog help to deepen people's awareness and creativity?




25 May 2009

A Perfect Society

What is your vision of a perfect society?

Is it a considerate and democratic one?

How would your perfect society differ from the real one that exists today where you are living?

My perfect society would be a considerate, democratic one.


22 May 2009

Your Assistance

I am always looking for people who can help me to improve my thinking, especially if they do not expect to receive a fee in return.



20 May 2009

Reflecting on Words

You may like to reflect on the words I have presented as interests in my blogger profile.

Which of those words and phrases are easy to understand?

Which ones are most likely to be the subject of confusion?

12 May 2009

Philosophical Refreshments

If you have been here before, you may have noticed that I have changed its colour scheme again. I also tend to change the presentation of the website quite frequently, mainly to provide a continually stimulating yet relaxing environment for regular visitors.

Since starting this blog, I have changed its title a few times, and even its web address. I have changed my profile name a few times too.

I've also started a few other blogs for the exclusive perusal of the thinking, caring, interesting people who participate in the fee-free friendly online club for readers of my book, Travelling at the Speed of Life.




08 May 2009

The Considerate Democracy Movement

People frequently ask me if they can join the considerate democracy movement. I often wonder why they ask as there is nothing to join in a formal way.  There is no permission to seek.

Everyone can be part of a considerate and democratic approach to social life, just by living in the world in that way. All I do is provide some indirect guidance.

The questions in previous blog posts, and in the website, provide a reflective basis for thinking about considerate democracy.

The "considerate democracy movement" happens informally, in everyday conversations, thoughtful interactions, pleasant exchanges, quiet times for reflection, and through an awareness of our own policies and practices.

I especially look forward to hearing about your experiences of considerate democracy!

05 May 2009

The Effects of Philosophy

Does philosophy have a positive, negative or neutral effect on human society?

01 May 2009

The Antennae of their Time

In 1979, in The Music of Man, Yehudi Menhuin wrote:

Artists have always been the antennae of their time, sensing growth and change, grasping a mood, even when working alone, whereas the majority is propelled by habit.

Do you agree?

19 April 2009

A Good Society

My book, Travelling at the Speed of Life: The Philosophical Journey, is mainly a brief overview of what I believe it is like to climb philosophical mountains. What do you think it might be like to reach the summit of one of these mountains?

Discover more about my book.

My training and consultancy services aim to assist those who are willing to make the necessary ascent of the philosophical mountains so that we can enjoyably and productively contribute to a good society.

16 April 2009

A peaceful place for philosophy

Would you like to experience a quiet, peaceful retreat?

For more information, please begin here.


13 April 2009

Your Philosophical Mountains

What are the philosophical mountains in your mind?

09 April 2009

A peaceful and enjoyable home planet

In what ways do you encourage more peaceful human behaviour?

24 March 2009

The most pressing task of our time

At the end of World War Two, Bertrand Russell wrote:

"To frame a philosophy capable of coping with men intoxicated with the prospect of absolute power and also with the apathy of the powerless is the most pressing task of our time."

Do you believe that framing this philosophy is the most pressing task of our time?

08 March 2009

Your Sense of Humanity

How would you describe your own sense of humanity?


16 February 2009

Travelling at the Speed of Life

A few years ago, I wrote a little book.  It expresses the essence of my views about life and thought.  Its title is Travelling at the Speed of Life: The philosophical journey.

I published the book as a limited first edition paperback, hoping that by circulating just a few copies, a momentum may develop among the readers who have found some value within its pages.

Perhaps most people are too busy to bother reflecting on what I, or even they themselves, have to say. 

It is easy to request a copy of my book through your local library or bookshop, wherever you may be in the world, as I hold the global publishing and distribution rights.  Just quote the ISBN13 number, which is 9780975186503.

Have you visited the website I have developed? If not, you will find that much of its content expands on the ideas expressed in the book.


Have you ever considered what it means to go travelling at the speed of life, 
or even just to be travelling at the speed of life?

Why do you think as you do?

Are you a philosophical traveller?

How do your views differ from mine?

Would you like to express a point of view here?