Columns

  • Nowhere to run from the tentacles of the market economy?

    Dec 04, 2015

    It is common these days to hear talk from middle-class Malaysians about how polarised the education system has become since their younger days.

  • Our Muslim brothers and sisters

    Dec 04, 2015

    This is not a good time to be a Muslim in the Western world. As the violence perpetrated by radical Islamic groups such as ISIS, Al Qaeda, and Boko Haram becomes more and more prevalent, huge numbers of people are becoming paranoid about, and even openly hostile towards, the Islamic religion, seeing all Muslims as a threat.

  • Lacking the selfconfidence for greatness

    Nov 26, 2015

    We all have our own images of greatness as these pertain to virtue and saintliness.

  • So this is Christmas?

    Nov 26, 2015

    “We are close to Christmas. There will be lights, there will be parties, bright trees, even Nativity scenes — all decked out — while the world continues to wage war.

  • Terror attacks in Paris … and Beirut

    Nov 20, 2015

    The world is reeling after 129 people were killed in Paris by terrorist gun and bomb attacks at a concert hall, bars, restaurants and the main sports

  • Faith, doubt, dark nights and maturity

    Nov 20, 2015

    In one of his books on contemplative prayer, Thomas Keating shares with us a line that he occasionally uses in spiritual direction.

  • Healing – a theory

    Nov 13, 2015

    All of us live with some wounds, bad habits, addictions, and temperamental ? aws that are so deeply ingrained and long-standing that it seems like they are part of our genetic make-up.

  • In the beginning was the Word…the power of words

    Nov 13, 2015

    We are immersed in words, in various forms, in everyday life — the printed word, the published word, the written word, the spoken word through discussions. Words, words, words — so many words that we sometimes despair that we have an information overload in this digital age.

  • Religion, secular thought, and health and happiness

    Nov 06, 2015

    There is no such thing as pure objectivity, a view that is free of all bias.

  • Socrates, thinking critically, and the 1MDB debate

    Nov 06, 2015

    The ability to think critically and analyse the reality of the day is, perhaps, the starting point on the road to wisdom and understanding.