Mind

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…

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…

The Call of the Wild

I spent last week in the company of an eagle named Victor. And every time he turned his piercing eyes towards me, I couldn’t help but wonder: what does it mean to be wild? It all started because Victor, you see, was born in captivity. He didn’t have much of a choice. White-tailed eagles like him – also called sea…

The Expiry Date on Your Embryos

Two women meet for coffee. “What’s wrong”, asks one of them, noticing the gloomy look on her friend’s face. “Oh, it’s been a hard week”, she answers, teary-eyed. “I’ve been mourning the termination of my frozen embryos.” This could be a scene out of a science fiction movie. Or it could be an imaginary dialogue that I have concocted for…

Through the Eyes of the Black Panther

Some time ago, I watched a beautiful excerpt of the Animal Communicator documentary film, featuring Anna Breytenbach’s dialogue with a black leopard. It stirred something deep inside of me. One would have thought that the sight of a woman allegedly having a fully-fledged conversation with a wild animal would bring up some form of skepticism, and if not, then at…