What Holds You Back?

Changing the world is not difficult. It is very simple. It is just a matter of choice. And awareness. A year ago, I bought a Fairphone. It was a deliberate act to support a company that is striving to source its component parts from places and organizations that uphold human rights, among other things. To be honest, this generated a…

Daring to Change

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could overhaul our existence and our societies in one sweeping magical stroke – à la Harry Potter? One little wiggle of a wooden rod, and suddenly our addiction to fossil fuels is gone, replaced by a perfect network of renewable energy sources fueling all our needs. Another broad gesture and organic agriculture has completely…

In Praise of the Wolf

Last month, a wolf was shot in Switzerland. In spite of this, a few weeks later, twenty kilometers from where I write this blog, a shepherd woke up to find some of his sheep missing. This prompted the cantonal government to authorize the killing of a second wolf… The forest rangers and hunters are loading their guns. Meanwhile, environmental organizations…

Are we Losing our Grip on Reality?

For some time now, I have felt increasing levels of horror as I watched technological developments reflected in movies like Her or Ex Machina. All the while, most people around me seem to bleat in unison about the wonders of artificial intelligence (AI). At the risk of being deemed old-fashioned and unpopular, I do not share such unbridled enthusiasm. And…

Rekindling an Ancient Flame

The sun has almost reached its zenith. I stand in the scorching heat, waiting for the ritual to start. And then, a beautiful young woman appears, coming forth in a pleated white dress. She stands still on the porch of the fallen temple of Hera, and plays her flute in honor of the ancient mother of the Gods. Answering her…