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Something To Shape

Parents now worry about their sons playing computer games, without, of course, going so far as to ask why they do so. A clue may be offered by games of the Civilisation family; these almost invariably contain phrases like “You now shape the destiny of” your tribe, nation, faction, civilisation or whatever. The appeal is […]

Posted on August 13, 2011 at 09:14 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Music And Revolution

When we look back on the Sixties, we realise that drugs were a seriously bad idea. What you think you see when inflicting severe brain damage on yourself is not necessarily really there, and enjoying exciting new bodily sensations does not necessarily get anything done in the external world. Successful revolutionary movements are disciplined and […]

Posted on August 14, 2011 at 10:49 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Insincerity And Reprogramming

Perhaps the greatest mistake of the Boomer generation was not after all the obvious one: neither the delusion that Utopia could be brought about by recreational drugs, nor the theory that everyone could live on welfare, nor yet the conviction that rock concerts would transform socio-economic structures, but rather something more innocent and yet more […]

Posted on August 15, 2011 at 10:25 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Pimp My Cohort

Everyone is now accustomed to their children’s peer-group being the main engine of their development, and resigned to not having nearly as much power to mould their thinking and acting as their schoolfriends – much less the fake peer-groups created by the corporate executives of media multinationals. Some even find it alarming. This situation is, […]

Posted on August 16, 2011 at 10:26 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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On Damrak

Once in Amsterdam I watched a very conventional-looking couple being resentfully trailed by a skinny Goth daughter. You could almost see her thinking about the Borg, or the Pod People. It seemed to me that alienation was inevitable. I wondered what this family might have been like in past epochs. Surely children were to some […]

Posted on August 17, 2011 at 14:48 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Good and Bad Reasons For A Straight Back

Adolescents are forever being told to stand up straight or sit up straight. Left to themselves, it is true, they are capable of an astonishing degree of slouch. And yet it is worth reflecting on exactly why parents do this. For there are good reasons and bad reasons for telling your child to straighten its […]

Posted on August 18, 2011 at 22:22 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Are You On Drugs?

It is, of course, quite true that undesirable behavioural changes in a teenager may be due to his or her having begun to experiment with prohibited substances. On the other hand, there are a great many other reasons for such behavioural changes, such as puberty itself, emotional distress and new insights into the world. Many […]

Posted on August 19, 2011 at 09:31 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life

My parents’ generation was forever telling us to count our blessings, look on the bright side of life and so on and so forth. The thing is, they were objectively right; the human mind really is organised in accordance with their maxims, so that counting your blessings will make you feel better than nihilistic brooding. […]

Posted on August 20, 2011 at 12:12 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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“The Goodness Of Our Hearts”

Many people have observed that anyone who starts a sentence, “To be honest with you”, is just about not to be. If professional con-men do this as well as amateur liars, then we have even less excuse for losing our money, but perhaps it is a beginner’s mistake. If this is made by some residual […]

Posted on September 3, 2017 at 19:22 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Which Once You Took For Exercise Of Virtue

What Eliot describes in Little Gidding as “the rending pain of re-enactment” becomes linearly worse with age. Firstly because, as the short-term memory goes, the long-term memory notoriously improves, and secondly because for each new day, “the shame of motives late revealed and the awareness of things ill done” acquires new material to feed on. […]

Posted on October 18, 2017 at 21:27 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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