Tag Archives: Freedom

For the Right to Be Different

Love and freedom encounter another peculiar barrier, which is cultural conditioning. For the record, I’ve been very clear in stating that I don’t believe that external pressure is as strong as most people do; they speak of society and its impositions as if it were a boogeyman straight out of our childhood. Nevertheless, human groups… Continue lendo »

Compromising to Avoid Friction

What makes so many women and men offer explanations to an angry spouse, when they come home late from work? Wouldn’t it be more natural to expect their partners to understand their exhaustion, and welcome them home even more warmly? Why do people feel compelled to attend that Sunday family lunch if they’d rather go… Continue lendo »

The Thin Person’s Mindset

I’m going to talk about obesity, and I have no intention of oversimplifying such a complicated issue. What I propose is radically inverting the way we think about it. Instead of focusing so much on overweight people and their habits, we should pay attention to the way thinner people live. Thin people have no idea… Continue lendo »

Individualism is not Selfishness

Individualism is a word that can generate controversy and misunderstandings. When it happens, I believe it is because the word has several meanings and evokes different emotions for different people, according to their understanding of it. Individualism has a negative connotation when used as a synonym for selfishness and also when it’s used to describe… Continue lendo »

Thinking, an Action that Defies Censorship

Almost everyone feels alarmed by certain “forbidden” thoughts that come to their mind, unbidden. If a person dreams they killed their own mother or sibling, they might wake up in such agony and disbelief, feeling so guilty and ashamed, they won’t even be able to gather the courage to tell anyone about the dream, not… Continue lendo »