Happiness

Happiness (below) is a short film made by Steve Cutts. It’s a masterpiece.

We live in a society where the focus on wellbeing, wellness, and mindfulness is in the ascendant. It’s the natural corollary to lives lived in the shadow of an exploitative system. I’m not championing being workshy here, far from it. I am talking about the myths we are sold – about the true path to happiness being just ‘x’ or ‘y’ and hang the consequences.

Perhaps the true path to happiness doesn’t lie in unrestrained consumption, but rather in developing yourself and your own resilience?

 

Making sense of it all

It’s the economy, stupid!

Bill Clinton’s campaign for the US Presidency centred on the economy and it’s impact on people’s daily lives. Tony Blair’s followed a similar arc. Barrack Obama’s legacy lies in the boom that his successor, Trump, is claiming the credit for. The bust we experienced in 20018 to date (2018) owes much to the policies of the 1980s and the dividends it delivered to the wealthy.

How many of us understand this and appreciate what the consequences might be?

Today, more than ever, we need to educate people on how the economy works and why decisions made in seemingly remote centres of power affect our daily lives and are at the root of the way we view the world. (more…)

Jus Soli

London is a rich tapestry, of places, people, mixed birthrights, and diverse viewpoints.   It’s what I love about this city.

Jus soli (English: /ʌs ˈsl/; Latin pronunciation: [juːs ˈsɔ.liː]), meaning “right of the soil“, commonly referred to as birthright citizenship, is the right of anyone born in the territory of a state to nationality or citizenship.

Part of the ‘People of Pimlico’ project, funded by Bloomberg as part of their commitment to the Royal Court Theatre’s outreach activity, this film takes in the voices and viewpoints of members of the community living in Pimlico and mixes them with actors and performers from the Royal Court.   The results are fascinating – and at times the juxtapositions are surreal.

Food for thought.

People of Pimlico: Jus Soli