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Response to Fear: Fascism or Openness?

By Delphine du Toit | March 26, 2016

<932 words> I read Kathy Jourdain’s new blog this morning  on her blog page and ended up writing such a long response that it turned into the blog below.  She starts out with: “Be afraid. Be very afraid. But not for the reasons you might think. We are living in precipitous times. We are in danger…

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What if I were predisposed to being grateful?

By Delphine du Toit | February 29, 2016

There are those who have a predisposition to entitlement.  They feel that everything they have is theirs because it is their right to have those things.  They typically also feel they’re entitled to things they don’t yet have and will set about causing others to hand over those things, or at least to feel guilty…

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PERSONAL SAFETY IN THE FACE OF GLOBAL TERRORISM

By Delphine du Toit | November 22, 2015

The recent spate of fundamentalist terrorist attacks across the globe had triggered exactly the weapon it was intended to unleash: fear expressed as anger, causing confusion, separating us rather than bringing us together. It is a time when we may be so exhausted by confusion and fear that we readily sacrifice the rights and freedoms that are so hugely important to us. We’re at risk of running backwards. I’m not prepare to do that.

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Don’t feed the Black Dog of Depression

By Delphine du Toit | July 10, 2012

Sir Winston Churchill was prone to depression. He called his depressions his ‘black dog’. Now, I know that not all black dogs are miserable or skulk around in corners, but imagine what you
feel like when you are depressed. More than that, maybe you’re depressed right now, so you don’t even have to imagine it – you can just experience it. I’ll connect the black dog dots for
you.

It starts without you knowing that it has started: Something distant and abstract – remote, even, in your subconscious. A sense of unease swirls around you like …

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