29 December 2009

The Year Ahead

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

22 December 2009

Thank You

Since beginning Adventures for Philosophical Travellers earlier this year, I have been delighted by the thoughtful comments left by visitors here. I have also appreciated the people who have publicly followed this 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. We can then help each other to map the territory of a peaceful, prosperous world.

14 December 2009

True Philosophers

Are true philosophers those who think - and act - in sensitively critical, compassionate and creative ways (perhaps even simultaneously)?

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

21 November 2009


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?

08 October 2009

Reviewing This Blog

What are the educational requirements for the process to be a success when put into practice?

The above questions relate to my blog post of 24 March this year.

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.

Which is the most interesting question you have found in this blog?

27 July 2009

Overcoming Obstacles

What are the main obstacles to consideration? What are the main obstacles preventing the development of considerate democracy?

24 July 2009

Humanitarian Approaches to Freedom

Many problems may more easily be solved when we know which questions to ask and answer. Throughout this blog, I have asked questions. Do you know which problems they may help to solve?

03 July 2009


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


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

Have you ever thought about the relationship between resources, corruption, exploitative activities and political influence?

18 June 2009

The Future of Knowledge

What does the word "knowledge" mean to you?

15 June 2009


Is compassion the basis of political legitimacy?

What is compassion?

10 June 2009

In Tune with Now

Are your philosophical adventures in tune with now?

To take your adventure onto another, more advanced level, take 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 in 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

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


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?

If you are attempting to contribute to the betterment of society, and the world in general, what are your goals?

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.

Do you know of any university departments where considerate democracy is taught (especially in an accessible and inclusive way)?

20 May 2009

Reflecting on Words

You may like to reflect on the words I have presented as interests in my blogger profile. The words are listed on the right hand side of this page, too.

12 May 2009

Philosophical Refreshments

I hope you find this blog to be a refreshing place to visit on your philosophical adventures.

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.

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

Could you describe yourself as an independent philosopher and social explorer?

16 April 2009

A peaceful place for philosophy

Would you like to experience a quiet, peaceful retreat?

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?

What does being human mean to you?

16 February 2009

Travelling at the Speed of Life

I am not very good at promoting my own work.  I do not have the temperament or ability to persuade people that what I have to offer is a worthwhile investment of their time and money.  I doubt that I will ever be an effective salesperson as I like to leave it to other people to form their own opinions and make their own choices.