How well do you know yourself?
“Pretty well. I know how I usually react to certain situations.”
But why do you react that way?
The why question is somewhat harder to answer than the how. One of the greatest challenges we can face is trying to understand the content of our own minds. We may act (and feel) like directors of our thoughts and emotions, but can’t really explain all the nuances that go along with them. Despite our best efforts, there are corners of our minds where we remain complete strangers to what unfolds within them.
So why is…
“The more aware we are of our ability to misjudge situations, the less the surprise at the feelings they may provoke.”
“We remember things in terms of novelty, excitement or familiarity rather than in hours, days, months or years.”
“An assessment of the world can swing from utopia to anarchy according to how much water we have consumed, or how many hours of sleep (or lack of them) we may have had.”
Socrates had famously theorized that,
“I am wise not because I know, but because I know I don’t know.”
Along the journey towards self-knowledge, one presumes to be…
In the 1950s the term ‘hybrid’ had a very different meaning. In contrast to our present day, electric, eco-friendly connotations of the term, ‘hybrids’ were originally high-performance, European-designed sports cars with large, powerful American engines. They had all the European poise and refinement, but the brutal performance of a big V8— a sort of musical composer with a sledgehammer for want of an analogy. Numerous independent European brands went down this route — Jensen, Gordon Keeble, Iso and Monteverdi to name a few, yet none managed to survive for as long as Bristol.
“They had all the European poise and…
Before World War II, Packard was considered one of the finest car manufacturers — a sort of American take on Rolls Royce. Similar to their European counterparts, Packard stood for strong, well build, luxurious cars that didn’t change styling cues on a whim. Whereas the likes of Chevrolet, Chrysler and Ford would change their designs often, Packards were impervious to the yearly face-lifts.
“by 1951, Packard’s line up of cars was looking positively dated”
The truth may have been somewhat less glamorous. Being an independent manufacturer, Packard may have lacked the finances to keep up. Initially, this wasn’t seen as…
What is a school’s primary function? “To teach and educate”, might be your answer. We expect schools to teach us about all the nuances of life and how to be successful; that’s what they’re for, right? Paradoxically, most don’t. More often than not it is life itself, through painful, meaningful experiences, that serves to be our best tutor.
“Although there is no real short cut to acquiring such knowledge, this realization does serve to critique the ways in which we set about acquiring the skills we need to succeed.”
The Lotus Cortina is a prime example of two British car makers doing what they do best. In 1963, Ford and Lotus got together to produce a race-winning, two-door, lightweight sedan. Ford supplied the basic two-door Cortina shells along with the front suspension units.
Lotus took deliver of the new car bodies at their Cheshunt factory, and set to work installing a host of upgrades. Prime among which was Lotus’ own, high performance 105bhp twin-cam engine, mated to a close-ratio four-speed gearbox. …
Objectively, what gains more attention — a simple, or complex explanation? Our initial reaction may be to go for the simple one. It is easier to understand after all. But does it offer an all encompassing solution? Surely, there will be exceptions to the simple rule, exceptions that a complex solution may consider and account for. The fact is, although we may gravitate towards what we perceive to be a simple solution, a more complex answer to a question may lead to a deeper understanding.
“If complex issues were that easy to understand, why would we need experts?”
What is melancholy? It’s easier to say what it isn’t. Melancholy isn’t rage or bitterness. Seen objectively, it’s more like a heightened sadness that wells up when we unwittingly realize that suffering and a degree of disappointment are inevitable at some point or another. These emotions are hard wired into human existence. They are not some kind of disorder that needs to be cured; all they require is an open-hearted, dispassionate acknowledgement.
“melancholy can be fully understood and, dare I say it, embraced”
Once accepted, the importance of an open, positive frame of mind becomes apparent. It is through such…
In the 90s, there was little that could match a rally derived, four wheel drive sedan with a turbocharged engine. European brands dominated the scene with icons such as the Audi Quattro, Ford Sierra Cosworth and the Lancia Delta Integrale. So what made the Lancer Evolution, affectionately referred to as ‘the Evo’, stand out?
“In the world of high performance cars, having a polarizing image isn’t always a bad thing.”
Well for a start, just look at it. The bulging bumpers, spoiler and cartoonish styling may not have been to everyone’s taste, but it sure made it unique. In the…
Despite the association between the little bug and freedom, the Volkswagen Beetle was initially borne out of Adolf Hitler’s desire to provide low-cost motoring for the masses. What is today an icon of carefree youth was actually designed to be a somber method of transport for Nazi Germany.
Ferdinand Porsche was responsible for the original rear-engined, air-cooled design in the 1930s, and a few cars were built before the Second World War. Production recommenced in 1945, although customers only had one trim level to choose from; a very basically specified 1100cc model.
“What is today an icon of carefree youth…
Daniel is a writer, senior teacher and geographer based in Malta. His main passion is empowering students to fulfill their aspirations and reach their goals.