People often react differently to the same things.

Gibbs recognised that if we ignore our feelings, they are likely to re-emerge disguised as intellectual arguments. Better by far to be honest and separate thought from emotion, to reflect on the origins of both, and hold both as valuable avenues of enquiry. Sadly, emotion has been viewed since the Enlightenment as an affliction affecting women: something to be kept out of the male world of scholarship. Things are changing now but old prejudices die hard.

Most censorship in the UK happens quietly and goes unnoticed.

Attention has been grabbed recently by Margaret Atwood’s auction of a fireproof copy of her work, “The Handmaid’s Tale”, the fire resistance of which she demonstrated in her usual spectacular style on camera with a blowtorch. It makes both fascinating viewing and a serious statement about the need to resist censorship.

One of the secrets to a successful life is developing the practice of asking of each thing, “Is this important? What would happen if I did not do it?”. This practice is the single biggest secret to making the best use of your time. It enables you to prioritise your life meaningfully by stopping doing those things that make little or no difference and focusing on those things that will. It declutters life and protects against that ever present threat of becoming overwhelmed.

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