30 September 2015

In the Name of Success

People can feel sorry for themselves when their own path to success is a struggle, or is fleeting. How many individuals are truly sure about who they are, and understand, appreciate and develop the talents they possess?

How many people have had early success only to struggle to maintain it? This is particularly so in the fickle worlds of fame, of sport, of entertainment, and even in business.

People who become ill or receive injuries which affect their earning capacity and independence are frequently regarded as being of less value, socially and economically, than others, especially in the mass media.  Advertisers frequently look for "successful" role models to endorse products and services, with success often defined in a shallow, materialistic way.

30 April 2015

In the Name of Nationality

The social scientific study of identity, ethnic groups, patriotism and nationalism are perceived in many different ways.  These topics have many different meanings.  There are also many problems associated with those meanings.

Wikipedia introduction to citizenship

Wikipedia introduction to sovereignty

Wikipedia introduction to the philosophy of power

Wikipedia introduction to the concept of nation

Ideas about nationality, citizenship and sovereignty are likely be explored quite often here in the months ahead.  Do you often perceive your identity in terms of your citizenship? 

01 March 2015

In the Name of Enjoyment

You may know that one of my current favourite forms of enjoyment is exploring my own family history. I write a blog called Ancestors Within to assist people who are exploring their own heritage, especially if that heritage has some interconnection with my own.

Through my genealogical research, even the female surnames in my family have been quite easy to trace backwards using census and marriage records.   I would find it much harder to trace old friends from my youth.  I lost touch with most of them even before we found marriage partners.

I really have no desire at all to catch up with people merely because they once knew at least something about me.  From past experience I know that I rarely enjoy the company of people who think they know me well from past acquaintance as most fail to understand me as I am now. Even when I was younger, I knew I had very little in common with most of the people who considered me to be their friend.

The basis of my sense of identity is whatever I happen to enjoy doing and being at any given moment.  And my interests often change very rapidly!