My attention was recently drawn to the music video for the current number one British hit of Little Mix called ‘Black Magic’. It is not, you may presume, my normal viewing! In fact these sorts of music videos are actually extremely important because they are one of the main ways that our culture influences how young people think and act.
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Nowadays we never have to be alone. Almost wherever we are, people can get hold of us, and the constant connectivity smartphones give us can be fantastically useful. But when I see people texting at red lights, important conversations interrupted by the need to answer the phone, or silent couples at restaurants staring intently at their phones rather than each other, I do wonder how far technology has brought us.
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I have a number of friends who are battling cancer with the near certainty that death is coming to them. It’s at times like this I realise how little teaching there is on death and how we should face it. It’s understandable in a world that doesn’t want to talk about death and prefers to hope that there might be an opt-out clause.
With my Greek background I have been watching the unfolding drama of Greece with a mixture of confusion, concern and compassion. I had perhaps naïvely assumed that my failure to understand what was going on was because I’m not an economist but I now realise that even economists don’t understand either!
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