“What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness”

The video is an animated adaption of an excerpt from George Saunders’ convocation speech last year. His full speech is available here. I really like how he describes failures in kindness as being “those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded . . . sensibly. Reservedly. Mildly.” We […]

We, humanity

I recently stumbled upon the Humans of New York project, which is quickly becoming one of my favourite blogs. I love how an unpretentious photo and a simple caption can capture something so poignant about a person. Strangers suddenly become familiar and real through the small glimpse that we take into their lives, their struggles, their disappointments and their hopes. Humans […]

The art of writing

When I was about 14 years old, my (then) English teacher commented on my lack of “natural talent” in the subject. I was four when my family moved to New Zealand, so I was as fluent as a child could be in English by the time I was eight or nine. But in the back […]

Doing good

Two years ago, I travelled to Indonesia to learn about alternative methods of delivering education. Education – and its ability to empower – had captured my interest for a long time. From the high school teachers that instilled in me the confidence to pursue seemingly impossible dreams to the piano students I fondly watched grow […]

Moving mountains

Mountains seem to answer an increasing imaginative need in the West. More and more people are discovering a desire for them, and a powerful solace in them. At bottom, mountains, like all wildernesses, challenge our complacent conviction – so easy to lapse into – that the world has been made for humans by humans. Most […]

Solitude

One of the more positive aspects of the past few months has been the solitude. As someone who loves the excitement of always having something to do or someone to see, finding myself in the company of my own thoughts has been surprisingly liberating. It has been just over three months since my mother passed […]