Thought-provoking

HistoryThought-provoking

A man of surprises: Pope Francis seven years on

(5 minute read)
Ronnie Convery remembers the election of Pope Francis and considers what that dramatic evening has to teach us about his whole papacy.

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LifestyleThought-provoking

Getting curious about curiosity

(4 minute read)
What’s the point of curiosity? Prakarsh Singh examines the great power of this quality and highlights its importance in our lives. Curious? Read on!

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LifestyleMental HealthThought-provoking

Pretty Hurts: The cult of (physical) beauty in Brazil

(9 minute read)
When bodily beauty matters as much as it does in a country like Brazil, the cost can be not only financial but also personal. Bianca Costa Sales explains.

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HistoryThought-provoking

Going with the flow: can we still form meaningful relationships today?

(6 minute read)
How do we reconcile freedom and commitment so as to live happily in ourselves and with others? Javier Pérez Wever seeks answers from the work of Zygmunt Bauman.

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HistoryThought-provoking

The life and soul of salmon

(8 minute read)
Jonny Parreno journeys from the supermarket counter to the moon in the company of the simple salmon, and uncovers great pearls of wisdom along the way

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LifestyleMental HealthThought-provoking

Retreating to victory, and how silence takes us forward

In this second article in his Travelling where I am series, Joseph Evans explores silence’s hidden power and how it is necessary to make any journey meaningful.

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HistorySocial IssuesThought-provoking

Fighting totalitarianism: lessons from the White Rose resistance Part II 

At a time when many academics were bowing to the Nazi system, Paul Shrimpton describes how a small group of students courageously opposed it.

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FamilyHistoryThought-provoking

What is the purpose of education?

If we want educational reform to achieve its goal, we need to know why we are educating our children, Roy Peachey argues.

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Social IssuesThought-provoking

An atlas of agony: the persecution of minorities today

In the western world we take for granted the freedom to practise – or to refuse to practise – religious belief. But as Benedict Rogers explains, in many parts of the planet, such freedom cannot be taken for granted.

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Art & CultureThought-provoking

Grief

The little boy
inside
wants to cry
but I won’t let him

A poem by Peter McCrudden Convery

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