Weight, substance, and other forms of existence

The English language is filled to the brim, permeated in every dimension with colourful metaphors that emphasize a weightlessness, lack of substance. From being swept away by a surprise kiss, a dazzling array of displays or a tantalizing taste, to being brought back down to earth, feeling light as a feather, and so on. Indeed, …

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Structural Impediments and Stilettos

Everyone has a view. Everyone has their three pennies, their 'truth', their bubble. Statistics and collective data do not equate to truth. Numbers and calculations do not depict reality. Publications and press releases do not uncover all that is unrevealed. Sometimes, one has to accept, or at least be open to, the notion that what …

Light

Think of the faint, dancing flow of a burning candle, the sparkly, iridescent quality of fairy lights or the stark, sophisticated display of house lighting; regardless of its form, light is a fundamental part of our lives. And yet, so many live without it. Electrification rates in rural parts of the world are morbidly low, …

Rituals

Be it caressing a warm cup of tea in your favourite mug whilst watching a show, taking the time to hand-cook your most scrumptious meal, or speak on the phone with a relative or close friend, rituals give us continuity in a medium of infinite effervescence. Rituals allow us to find comfort in consistency, breathing …

AI Citizenship

On a lazy Sunday evening, cozy sweater rumpled, muffled music playing in the background, I was scrolling through my newsfeed and came across a peculiar question: should robots be given citizenship rights? Such questions make me realise the pace with which technology is advancing. They say ignorance is bliss, but that which you can ignore …

Fashionably Fat

Increasingly celebrities and other popular social media figures are ripping off curtains of fictitious beauty. From Alicia Keys wearing absolutely no make up to one of the most filmed moments in the history of the pop culture stratosphere (i.e. walking the red carpet), to Dove's campaign for Real Beauty, we as an online society are …

Introduction

Humans have this fascinating ability to wholeheartedly believe in things that make little to no intuitive sense. From humans of varying skin tones to humans of different genders, we as a species have convinced ourselves that difference means wrong. We've been socialized into looking at conformity and the notion of ''normal'' synonymously, as if recurring …