Perspective

Free And Easy – The Fallacy Of The Free Market

Me, Now - The Absurdity of Advertising “Advertising is based on one thing - happiness. Happiness is the smell of a new car. It’s freedom from fear. It’s a billboard on the side of a road that screams with reassurance that whatever you’re doing is OK. You are OK.” - Don Draper (Mad Men) Unicorns, like free markets, don’t exist. In high-school, we learn about Adam Smith’s free-market economy - an “invisible hand” guiding the “reasonable man”. However, upon closer inspection it becomes evident that the “invisible hand” is nothing more [...]

By |2019-02-22T21:07:35-07:00August 20th, 2018|Categories: Perspective|Tags: |0 Comments

A Slow Boat Through Laos – Cruising The Nam Tha River

Drifting Down The Nam Tha River - A Slow Boat Through Laos “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” - A. A. Milne Peace and Baaah All travel is slow travel in Laos. For two days, we stare at the countryside out the back of a truck, waving to children as we drive through their villages and negotiating landslides. Finally, we arrive at Luanag Nam Tha. The Nam Tha River starts near this growing town in northern Laos, and continues until it reaches the Mekong. [...]

By |2019-02-22T21:27:05-07:00June 4th, 2018|Categories: Asia, Perspective|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Zen Of Blowing Bubbles – Yoga And Scuba Diving

Yoga And Scuba Diving - The Zen Of Blowing Bubbles “The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.” - Robert Wyland Underwater Meditation My heart is pounding, my body is shaking and my mind is racing. I’m terrified … but of what? Jumping into the ocean - something I had done countless times before. So, why am I so afraid this time? It is our first day scuba diving and due to a mix up at the dive shop scheduling PADI open water courses, [...]

By |2019-02-22T21:32:09-07:00March 12th, 2018|Categories: Perspective|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Stewards and Ambassadors – 10 Rules For Respecting Local Culture

Stewards and Ambassadors - 10 Rules For Respecting Local Culture “When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” -Clifton Fadiman Responsible Selfishness Most of us travel to make ourselves better or browner, and our time and effort is used to learn, see and experience as much as we can. We travel to exotic places to benefit from the culture and surroundings, but do the local culture and environment benefit from our presence? Although we may [...]

By |2019-02-22T21:34:09-07:00February 12th, 2018|Categories: Perspective|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Balancing Act – A Stable Lifestyle In An Unstable World

Finding Equilibrium - A Balanced Lifestyle In An Unstable World “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” - Albert Einstein The World Within Ourselves In 1982, a film was released that defied conventional cinema. There was no plot, no characters and no dialogue, with only a visual narrative. “Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance” described a world where nature, humanity and technology are at odds against each other, with no clear winner – only losers. Nearly four decades later, not much has changed. If anything, [...]

By |2019-02-22T21:42:07-07:00January 15th, 2018|Categories: Feature, Perspective|Tags: , |0 Comments