We used to think that we lived in a Meritocracy - a society where the best rise to the top and the most able are tasked with the most important tasks. Running the country for instance. Heading up tech giants.
A new song - Boris the Liar
Before we can fix all the other problems - social inequality, climate change, etc, we have to first fix the problems with democracy. Truth and justice are vital.
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When I started to create this website I imagined that the world was looking for a solution to our current global problems of unhappiness, inequality and environmental degradation. This stuff was all happening because of the lack of a solution, a way of managing the world in a way that benefitted everybody and that everyone could get behind. It's since become apparent that the problem isn't the lack of a solution, but the lack of political will to implement it.
Donald Trump demonstrates - to those willing to listen to reason - why we should not listen to some opinions.
As a student of low self-esteem, I have been increasingly thinking about the link between narcissism, bullying and low self-esteem. Donald Trump offers us up a global example that we can all relate to.
In recent days the world has been amazed at Donald Trumps European vacation. The handshake bullying, the pushing and shoving, and the lack of understanding of basic facts. We like to think that we are better than that and sometimes try and get our own back making sniping remarks behind our hands. Yes, Prime Minister of Belgium, perhaps you'd like to share it with the rest of the class?
Narcissism has become a serious problem. Donald Trump isn't a problem because of what he does so much as what he is, which is a sociopathic narcissist. He has no moral compass, he lies as a first resort and he will force his opponents to fight battles again and again.
Millions around the world are protesting against Trump's latest dictats, but is protest an effective way to deal with The Donald - or are we faling into his trap? This is an excellent piece in the Washington Post which is heading in the direction of coming up with a strategy which will be effective against narcissism. Venezuala has been through this already and there are lessons to be learned. We need to pool our knowledge globally to find the best way forwards.
It looks like a complete disaster - someone with narcissistic personality disorder in the white house - but can we use a high profile narcissist such as Donald j Trump to demonstrate to the whole world how the mechanisms of narcissistic manipulation work, and more importantly how to deal with them.
Today's news that one in four young women in the UK is suffering from anxiety or depression should be a wake up call to us all. Figures were bad for all demographics, but particularly the young. Possible causes include social media, by which reporters mean,'the internet'. So, is the internet making is miserable and if so, what can we do about it?
During the Brexit campaign I was struck by Nigel Farage saying that losing a bit of GDP would be worth it if we were all a little happier. Aha, I thought, at last, a politician talking about happiness, maybe that's what this whole thing is about. Maybe this could be a new direction for UKIP now they have won their major argument. They could re-model themselves as a peoples happiness party.