Home is Temporary, Roots are Permanent

There’s a novel by John Steinbeck, a famous one called The Grapes of Wrath. It centres around a family (and many other families), venturing thousands of miles westward to California in search of a better life, escaping the harsh dust bowl of Oklahoma in the 1930’s. One scene early in the book depicts how the … Continue reading Home is Temporary, Roots are Permanent

North Sentinel Island and the Paradox of the Modern World

I try to avoid the news these days. ‘News’ as we like to believe it is not news anymore, but an interpretation of facts through the lens of the reporting entity’s worldview, beliefs or worse, ideology. It’s become a propaganda machine designed to make us outraged and sow division. It’s probably always been like this, … Continue reading North Sentinel Island and the Paradox of the Modern World

Johannesburg – City of Contrasts

Virtually any place in the world can be ‘home’ if you have your loved ones with you. Humans are incredibly adaptable in this regard. This week marks five years since I made the arduous move from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg. I couldn’t let the opportunity pass without some observations about my adopted city. Many have … Continue reading Johannesburg – City of Contrasts

But I don’t think of you

One of the most profound lines I've come across in literature is a remarkably simple one - “But I don’t think of you.” About half way through Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, our ‘hero’ and antagonist, by chance, eventually come face to face for the first time outside a building at night. Ellsworth Toohey, the antagonist … Continue reading But I don’t think of you

Human Truth Dancing Before Your Eyes

I’ve stumbled on a major human truth in the last year or so. Anyone who’s had children will know that long before the children start talking they’re able to dance and move to a beat. My own child was no different. Long before uttering her first words she was bobbing her body to music. Before … Continue reading Human Truth Dancing Before Your Eyes

What Fatherhood Teaches You

It’s been said by many smarter than myself that two of the strongest human emotions are fear and love. Nothing makes this more relevant than being a parent. I think the late great Christopher Hitchens hit the nail on the head when he said “To be the father of growing daughters is to understand something … Continue reading What Fatherhood Teaches You

Fear and Loathing on Johannesburg Roads

Johannesburg traffic is everything they say it is, and more. Above all else there are three observations I make about traffic in this city on an almost daily basis. Firstly, I sometimes get this suspicion that traffic is something of a living thing picking up some sort of karmic energy. The reason I say this … Continue reading Fear and Loathing on Johannesburg Roads