Maybe it’s because I’m in my thirties, but I’ve begun to notice that our society equates ‘life’ with ‘youth’. By that I mean that concepts relating to “life” immediately stir up images of youthfulness. Close your eyes and visualize ‘life’ and ‘living’ – you might see what I mean. “Life” is misidentified with the decade or so of youth that is sandwiched between two other periods called “childhood” and “aging/decline”.
Read this week’s topic to reflect on your own attitude towards aging.
Have you been following the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong? Democracy is once again a hot topic in the news. What is meant by the word ‘demoracy’? Generally, when people refer to democracy they mean that the government represents the “will of the people”. There are many ways that a government can be democratic and represent the will of the people, but no type of democracy is more famous than American-style democracy. For this week’s topic, we look at Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysberg Address – memorized by American schoolchildren every year – to understand the foundation of American-style democracy.
Read more to find out and to consider some challenging questions for democracy!
Loneliness is a popular topic in the news these days. News articles tell us that loneliness is the new epidemic, that research is being directed into pharmaceuticals and AI to combat loneliness, and that governments are installing public infrastructure directed at facilitating interactions between strangers. How is it that we can be so lonely despite living in densely populated cities? What does it mean to be lonely?
Read more to find out!