Spoiled for Choice

By askauk / 19th October 2014 / 0 Comments

It’s easy to dream when you have few choices. But when the world opens up and possibilities present themselves, together with the means to pursue them, you can find yourself suddenly paralysed. The fear of making the wrong choice prevents you making any choice at all. We can have a thousand dreams when we don’t have the…

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The Path to Self-Destruction

By askauk / 18th October 2014 / 0 Comments

A world without desire would surely be a calmer, less frenetic place. Aspiration tied to accumulation is a modern curse. We work ever harder and longer. We fight to keep up with ever-changing technology that was supposed to make life easier. Saving for the few days of the year when we allow ourselves to kick back, leave behind everything…

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Jay Walking | Outlawing Desire Lines

By askauk / 26th February 2014 / 0 Comments

“Jay walking” is a politically loaded phrase. A century-old invention—a derogatory term implying the target is an empty-headed yokel—a term latched onto by the motor industry in a co-ordinated, boy-scout-endorsed rebuttal of a campaign to mechanically limit motor speeds—and a highly successful attempt to put the responsibility for increasing pedestrian deaths squarely on the shoulders of…

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Getting Lost in Ikea

By askauk / 28th September 2013 / 0 Comments

Anyone who desires to lose three hours of their life can easily do so by making a quick trip to Ikea. Getting lost in this retail behemoth is an obligatory experience for modern urbanites. Ikea is designed deliberately to confuse—to keep you in its warren for as long as possible and maximise the chance of impulse…

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