An Index of my Medium Articles

I’ve indexed my posts by topic below so you can dive into my writing without endlessly scrolling on my profile page.

Philosophy

I’ve written lots on philosophy. This subject is my number one passion. …


The biggest questions and an attempt to answer them.

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What’s the meaning of life?
This is the wrong question to ask. It’s like asking “what’s the meaning of water?” So there’s no meaning to life, because life can’t have a meaning. But you can live a meaningful life. What meaning you give your life is not only up to you, it’s what you have to live with.

What’s the best philosophy for life?
The best philosophy for life is your own philosophy for life. Take inspiration from others, but make your own way for yourself, don’t mindlessly follow a pack.

Should I have children?
For me, this is the ultimate…


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In London’s exclusive enclave of Hampstead, a leafy sprawl of detached houses with U-shaped driveways and neat front gardens, you’ll find luxury cars like Range Rovers, Teslas and the occasional Porsche dotted around, but also more modest vehicles like Minis and Volkswagen Golfs.

Walk just a mile or so further, among the social housing projects of historically poor Harlesden and you’ll be surprised (or unsurprised) to find gleaming high-spec specimens of BMWs, Mercedes and Audis in the shadows of high-rise blocks of compact apartments.

This is no scientific audit, but it would be fairly accurate to guess that there are…


Philosophical principles for authentic living

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Most people live by belief. They believe in a moral order that is handed down to them. Some things are right, some things are wrong. Don’t ask why.

The four ideas to live by in the following text are not beliefs. They are ideas that are built on first principles, not beliefs. A first principle is a self-evident or observed fact, such as: “all things are made of matter”, or “you cannot know anything for certain”.

In short, ideas built on first principles are built on reason.

When we ask, “how should I live?” We can take beliefs to be…


A Mounting Restitution Crisis is an Opportunity for Museums to Better Serve Global Communities

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image by Tomas Eidsvold on Unsplash

In February 1897 a punitive attack was launched by the British on the city of Benin, the capital of the West African empire of the same name. 1,400 soldiers took part in the operation equipped with the latest technology developed for bush fighting.

This arsenal included rockets, artillery with incendiary shells purposefully chosen to burn thatched roofs, flares to aid night fighting, and thirty-eight Maxim machine guns with around two-million rounds of ammunition.

The Maxim fired 10 bullets a second. By one account, victims were “cut in two” by the hails indiscriminately fired into the bush as three columns closed…


On dehumanization, abortion, and human rights

At what point do we become human? Is that even a worthwhile question to ask? Photo by Jimmy Conover on Unsplash

On August 15, 1998, an explosion hit the small town of Omagh in Northern Ireland.

The terrorist attack took the lives of twenty-nine people at a time when the “troubles” of Northern Ireland were believed to be over. Lasting peace was taken for granted, and the bombing was a reminder that shocking violence was never far away.

It’s hard to watch crying children holding flowers at funerals, but that was the 24-hour news cycle at the time. It was a sobering moment — grief mixed with anxiety.

But there’s something else that stayed with me. News reports of the bombing…


How uncertainty may be its own cure

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“I think the people of this country have had enough of experts.”

So said a British government minister on the eve of Brexit. The minister in question was an architect of the so-far-so-bad act of self-harm that the British public brought on itself, despite warnings from experts.

The break with Europe was the long-fought-for victory for the so-called “Euroskeptics”. This formerly fringe coalition of nationalists and libertarians gained mainstream traction as Britain became mired in economic and political crises from 2008 onwards.

We’re now at peak skepticism it seems. It leaves society pallid with the sickness of wilful ignorance. A…


No Yoga Mat Necessary

The Downward Dog. Photo by Conscious Design on Unsplash

Yoga is not sunset asanas on Bali beaches, nor is it retired ballerinas in $100 leggings scratching their heads with their toes.

Yoga is a practical way to sharpen your mental health whilst building strength, flexibility and balance. You don’t have to be a yogi to reap the benefits either. Simple sequences can help us counteract the forces of modern life that pull our body and mind out of shape.

During the pandemic many of us have been desk-bound at home. We’ve been called on to improvise our working environment while juggling working with all the other stresses of isolation…


The idea of a “medium” is that it’s a carrier for something else. Like a canvas on which you paint, it shouldn’t be visible. Blood is a medium too. If you notice it, something is very wrong.

And yet Medium’s tribulations have bled all over the platform, culminating in a clutch of news articles in the last 24 hours. As a Medium reader and writer I feel invested, and a little annoyed by the snarkiness of some of the coverage, which belittles Medium’s championing of ordinary bloggers.

Readers like me, who hand over $5 a month, will not be surprised…


Will You Give Birth to a Dancing Star?

Nietzsche wrote: “It is time for man to plant the seed of his highest hope. His soil is rich enough for it. But this soil will one day be poor and weak; no longer will a high tree be able to grow from it.” Painting: Vincent Van Gogh, ‘The Sower (After Millet)’, 1888 (Public Domain. Source: Wikipedia)

Why do things change?

It’s an odd question, isn’t it? But it’s also an oddly obvious question to ask. Most people would understand change to be a fact of life that we’d never hope to understand. But if we come somewhere towards a theory of why things change, we may come close to how change can be harnessed positively.

Why things change has been a matter of speculation for thinkers since the beginning of western philosophy. Parmenides (born circa 515 BCE) believed that change is an illusion, that all things are one and the same. …

Steven Gambardella

The lessons of philosophy and history, their practical benefits for your life and work. Feel free to get in touch: stevengambardella@gmail.com

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