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The Power Gap
At some point in your life, you may have come across an ominous-sounding proverb that goes something along the lines of divide and conquer or divide and rule. You may be wondering what it means, how it works, or if it is even still adhered to today… Surely we’re much smarter than to allow a singular person/institution/belief system to divide us right? Looking around at the state of our planet, the war, the famine, the infighting amongst groups who would normally stand united, and the inequity marginalised people are still facing… it is unfortunate to say, but we still seem to be very much susceptible to a motto that is thousands of years old.
The Quiet Ones Are The Worst
I am the quiet one, and I am the worst! Beware all of you loud people, as us quiet people are most definitely staying silent because we are rude/secretly judging/hate you. In fact, we’re so despicable, it would probably be a much better use of your time to completely ignore this article! Don’t let us drain your delicate sensibilities, we’re not worth your time. Just leave us alone, that will show us, that’s exactly what we deserve.
Do you remember me my darling, In the same way that I remember you? How we danced real close, your warmth on my skin,
4 Ways Your Writing Can Make You Money
Listen to me closely. Stop selling yourself short. Quit telling yourself that your passion is not good enough to be more than just a hobby. Find a way to make money from it.
It's Time We Stop Trivialising PTSD
I have PTSD, or, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It feels strange to admit that when I’ve only just been diagnosed myself. Even stranger to tell people I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting. It’s a condition that not a lot of people fully understand (myself included) and one that many others have knee-jerk reactions to.
A Seventh Man: The Art of Activism
‘Why does the Western world look to migrant laborers to perform the most menial tasks? What compels people to leave their homes and accept this humiliating situation? In A Seventh Man, John Berger and Jean Mohr come to grips with what it is to be a migrant worker – the material circumstances and the inner experience – and, in doing so, reveal how the migrant is not so much on the margins of modern life, but absolutely central to it. First published in 1975, this finely wrought exploration remains as urgent as ever, presenting a mode of living that pervades the countries of the West and yet is excluded from much of its culture.’ (Berger and Mohr, Verso: 2010)
I stared tentatively in the mirror at my bedraggled black curls and suspicious-looking bust lip. Eyeing the swollen skin, I ran my fingers across the jagged edges of the cut; wincing as I accidentally touched the sweet spot.
Nobody Likes A Music Snob
Everybody has that one piece of music which just makes everything feel like it’s falling into place, bringing true joy to the listener. Even those who lament at the ‘music of today’ have something which takes their mind to a different place in times of stress or accentuates their mood when they are happy!