THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

One modern philosopher – Albert Camus – saw in the myth the truth of human existence. He saw us as constantly frustrated by a life that is absurd and without meaning. He rejected despair as the only legitimate response in the face of such adversity and opted instead for courage.

NOTEBOOK by BILL HEANEY

They harbour a few dozen of the elect who wield influence on policy and strategy. Together they form an intellectual and philosophical black hole where radical ideas disappear and die. In exchange for this they get invitations to sup at the Bute House Presidential Palace or get thrown a seat on a quango or a health board. Thus, the triumph of middle-class mediocrity is assured.

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