On mob mentality

The Lottery

Shirley Jackson's collection of dystopian short-form fiction The Lottery (and other stories) is a stark reminder of the fragility, banality and horror of the un-scrutinised human condition. It's all too easy to slip into group-think that priorities the "greater good" over the individual life. And once we have accepted that, it is a slippery slope to treating people … Continue reading The Lottery

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Secrets and Lies

I don't know about you, but I cannot live without a few secrets. Without secrets, without a private inner life, we lose our individuality and our sense of self. Today though, we are bombarded with messages telling us that privacy is worth sacrificing for the greater good; for the good of community security, for the … Continue reading Secrets and Lies

the square and the tower essential futurist reading

The Square and the Tower

The latest book from one of my favourite authors, Niall Ferguson centres on the history and the importance of networks in building, shaping and re-shaping human history, throughout the ages. The evolution of virtual, digital and physical social networks, in the form of social finance, social credit scores and influencer power, are at the core of … Continue reading The Square and the Tower

On equality

Why do we strive for equality? We say we want smaller wage gaps, equal pay, equal rights, equal privilege, equal opportunities. But do you really want to be equal with everyone else? The worldwide median family income is less than $10,000 per annum. That would be 'fair'. But do you want your family to live on … Continue reading On equality

About that permission…

To follow on from a post I wrote earlier this year: *YOU DON'T NEED PERMISSION* The legendary 'corporate cartoonist' Hugh MacLeod of Gaping Void fame just added the above illustration to his own blog this week. I thought it was aptly fitting to be re-included right here on the Sport of Spectating. So stop using permission … Continue reading About that permission…

If everyone likes you, you’re doing something wrong

The only way to be liked by everyone is to never say anything controversial or do anything extraordinary. Any opinion worth holding will not be appreciated by everyone you come across. Every idea worth acting on will make life more complicated - and more difficult - for someone else for a little while before it … Continue reading If everyone likes you, you’re doing something wrong

Why it’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission…

There is a scene in Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame where the gargoyles tell Quasimodo, who wants to escape his prison and keeper for a day, that it is "Better to ask for forgiveness than permission". In business if you want to get things, things that matter, to you, to your company's bottom line, and to the world, … Continue reading Why it’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission…

Lots of questions, not so many answers

Welcome to my observations on the world. Through this blog, I'll explore the biggest ideas and unpack the most interesting questions I observe from my vantage point as one of life's most enthusiastic spectators. From time to I'll be tempted to participate in the game that unfolds before me; but for the most part I'll … Continue reading Lots of questions, not so many answers