Nepal, lovely people and the double-edged sword of contentedness

We often talk about a place we have travelled to as having "lovely people". Nepal is definitely one such a place for me. Let's start with the obvious. When we talk about travel we often talk in sweeping generalisations. "I've done India". "I've seen London". We know that the reality of the experience is much …

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Avoiding dehumanisation

We are programmed to create categories and so to think of the world in terms of ingroups and outgroups. We understand and care for our ingroups (for example, our family and friends, our national brethren, members of our race) and aim to propagate them and help them thrive. Between our ingroups, we sometimes have moral …

Thankful

This post is the result of my experience of a juxtaposition of giving food to poor young children in India vs. my behaviour when eating in a restaurant, as well as a conversation on a bus. This experience and the conversation that made me realise how unknowingly I (and perhaps we) can fall into a …

Managed twitter accounts

What's the point? If you have something to say, say it with your own voice, unvarnished. Don't make a waste of space corporate style account that is run by some Social Media Manager to send sweet messages to your fans. It's pointless, inauthentic and patronising.