The importance of the mundane

I used to be contemptuous of household chores, thinking they are seldom worth the effort since they are unending, and wishing I were rich enough to hire others to do all of them for me. That view has changed over the last 3 years. Now I believe that happiness might lie in the mundane, the […]

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Religion is energy

I realize that religion is energy. It is what humans do, and the energy they invest and receive from their beliefs, that are truly consequential to religions. Suppose there exists a critical mass of followers of a certain god. In their fervent belief they proselytize, organize, and create art and literature on this god. They […]

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Intuition

Before you read on allow me to clarify my intent. I am not trying to sell you anything or convince you of anything. You need not believe my thoughts on intuition, but simply entertain the possibility of them being true. In scientific terms what I am relating is a ‘hypothesis’, not a ‘theory’ or truth […]

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Animal School

From ‘Intuition: Knowing beyond logic, insights for a new way of living’, by Osho. The animals got together in the forest one day and decided to start a school. There was a rabbit, a bird, a squirrel, a fish, and an eel, and they formed a board of directors. The rabbit insisted that running be […]

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Religion as Asset

It occurred to me that if deities or prophets exist, and they were to make a comeback, no-one would believe their authenticity or mission. I recall a funny cartoon: Jesus declared he was the Son of God 2,000 years ago, and people followed him; fast forward to present day, a man saying the same thing, […]

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Freedom and justice

The concepts of Freedom, Rights, and Justice are among the most misunderstood things in modern society. Let’s start with clarifying Freedom: Freedom is commonly interpreted as being able to ‘do whatever the hell you want’. People who tout Freedom as a personal right might insist that they deserve to drive without a license, or carry guns […]

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Why do we suffer?

Why do we suffer? Many pseudo-sages have claimed to know the answer, and demanded money and other gifts for their knowledge. They are deluding others… and even themselves, for this is a question that cannot be answered. This is because the question itself is irrelevant and unanswerable. It’s the equivalent of asking “Why is the […]

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Updated views on the Singapore comics industry (2014)

Last month I gave an interview to a researcher examining the Singapore comic industry today. He interviewed almost all major creators in the city and I was glad to express my updated observations through this exercise. I will showcase his thesis once it’s done, but meanwhile here are my (edited) thoughts: ‘Uniqueness’ of Singapore comics […]

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Taoism: A digestible intro

I am writing this because I notice there exists almost no writing in English that succinctly explains Taoism. The vacuum exists because on one hand we have the very traditional Chinese masters who are knowledgeable but teach in very abstruse ways; as a consequence the philosophy becomes misinterpreted. On the other hand, we have English-language […]

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Interview with Business & Technology Tidbits

This week I had a short interview with a leading Amazon reviewer, Andre Lawrence (Business & Technology Tidbits). The interview was focused on Seven Years in Dog-Land, and contains some other updates on my creative work. Voila: 1. How long have you had this story idea? I’d say three years before I started making it. […]

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