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Can contemplating death improve the quality of life?

PAUL TRITSCHLER

Deep reflective thought about death can bring us closer to self-compassion and concern for the well-being of others.

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Why play? This is serious.

SARAH HUXLEY
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Play isn’t the opposite of work—it’s vital for social transformation.

Trying to save the world should be fun

IRA CHERNUS
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

If we can't find joy in our work for peace and social justice, what's the point?

Can contemplating death improve the quality of life?

PAUL TRITSCHLER

Deep reflective thought about death can bring us closer to self-compassion and concern for the well-being of others.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Why play? This is serious.

SARAH HUXLEY
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Play isn’t the opposite of work—it’s vital for social transformation.

Trying to save the world should be fun

IRA CHERNUS
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

If we can't find joy in our work for peace and social justice, what's the point?

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Why play? This is serious.

Play isn’t the opposite of work—it’s vital for social transformation.

Can contemplating death improve the quality of life?

Deep reflective thought about death can bring us closer to self-compassion and concern for the well-being of others.

Trying to save the world should be fun

If we can't find joy in our work for peace and social justice, what's the point?

How we talk about race and safety can really make a difference

Speaking with both honesty and care can transform a conflict in unexpected ways.

Cold war, hot love

The collapse of the Soviet Union ushered in a revolution of the intimate. To open our series on Romantic regimes, we discuss the trajectories of emotional socialism and emotional capitalism in the post-Soviet context. Русский

America is not the Promised Land

Wrapping Jesus in the Stars and Stripes so that we can wage wars, claim exceptionalism, and justify the expansion of US business interests is not Christianity.

‘Arrival’ and the possibility of conversation

The gift is their language itself, and the new perception of reality it unlocks.

How Somali Muslims are raising a 10,000-person anti-hate army

The refugee community in Minnesota is a big target for bigotry, but they have a plan.

Can we handle the truth?

The critical need for genuine fact cannot be overstated.

The inconvenient truth about foreign aid

For recipients aid has been a very mixed blessing, but for donors it’s been a bonanza. 

Civic beauty without permission

Why tile a bridge across one of the busiest streets in a city without a permit and with almost no financial support?

Why mindfulness matters now

I didn’t learn how to cross lines of difference when I was younger. Maybe you didn’t either, but we can all learn it now.  

Who wants to live in a frictionless world?

Unless life is uncomfortable, there’s no room for transformation.

What’s so feminist about yoga?

Despite the influence of capitalism on its practice, yoga can strengthen resistance and movement-building.

Empathy and vulnerability in the digital age

The cyber-world collapses the distance between the spectator and the scene of brutality, but does this encourage voyeurism or solidarity?

The growing political impotence of images

Are photographs of war and atrocity losing the power to move us?

Six principles for resisting the presidency of Donald Trump

Nonviolent action works best when you stay nonviolent and study the terrain on which you’re fighting.

The internet can spread hate, but it can also help to tackle it

Hate picks no sides—it merely fills the gaps left by broken communication.

Five ways to build solidarity across our differences

How do we build bridges between people who could be allies for radical change but who view each other with anger and suspicion?

Reaching Trump supporters with the promise of vision

In ordinary times, progressives might get away with casual images of their political opponents, but these are not ordinary times. 

Why progressives should worry about the myth gap

If we want to beat Donald Trump, Nigel Farage and their ilk we need new stories, and fast.

Work: it’s time for a new year’s revolution

Feeling burned out in your work for peace and social justice? A new book provides essential guidance.

Why do people go to cat cafes? Loneliness and relaxation in a time of neoliberalism

After I began researching the explosion of ‘cat cafes’ in post-economic bubble Japan, I discovered an entire healing industry devoted to the commodification of intimacy.

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John Berger, witness to the human condition (1926-2017)

He sought to protect and if necessary salvage humanity from the inhumanity of consumer capitalism. This gives all his work the quality of resistance. Defiant resistance in the face of likely defeat.

Welcome to another year of transformation

We need your help to expand our coverage of deep-rooted personal and political change.

Here’s how representation in comics could be so much better

Where are the superheroes of color, the women leads, the queer characters and more?

Textured activism: in-between liberation and oppression

By reducing life to dualisms we lose the rich fabric of possibilities that can generate important social change.

An anarchist guide to Christmas

On the night before Christmas, we’ll all be about. While the people are sleeping, we’ll realise our clout. We’ll expropriate goods from the stores, ‘cos that’s fair. And distribute them widely, to those who need care.

Violence brought us Trump, but it’s not how we will stop him

The best way to protect those we love is to win over those who hate them.

Can prayer also be action?

Prayer can break down or reinforce power structures in surprising ways. 

Building community in Berlin’s Sharehaus

Often, things that are seen as a problem in society are not: the house where locals and refugees live and work together. 

How cultural appropriation becomes trendy—and the real cost of our consumerism

Doing good doesn’t, and shouldn’t, always feel good. For the sake of justice, let’s face that discomfort.

Wrestling with my white fragility

This moment in American history calls me to enter spaces where my people’s shame can arrive with me, charging in on white horses.

President Trump and the Christian right

Does Trump’s election represent a victory for reactionary religion or a prelude to faith-based opposition?

God is justice: the social spirituality of Dorothee Soelle

A unique synthesis of mysticism, activism and feminism which still resonates in a world that’s filled with both beauty and injustice.

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