This site explains and (let’s face it!) promotes my books, together with blog posts from time to time on related issues or topical matters which I just can’t help writing about.
“Capitalism and Human Values” is the title of my new book, published this July by Imprint Academic.
“The Lost Art of Being Happy – spirituality for sceptics” was published a few years ago by Findhorn Press.
We live in a world of so many different customs and beliefs we have become embarrassed to insist there could even be such a thing as values which apply to everyone. Values have become a matter of private conscience or feeling which admit disagreement but no discussion.
The one thing we have in common across the globe is our capitalist economic system and it is easy to mistake the demands of production and consumption for universal values just because we have nothing else to put in that central place, certainly nothing we all share. That simple mistake is the source of much that is wrong with many of our lives and with many of our societies.
Capitalism is the source of our goods and services, not our reason for living or the way we can live fulfilled lives. We need values strong enough to stand beside the giant that is capitalism, to tame, direct and set boundaries to it. But religion cannot supply these values for everyone, because religious belief (including the lack of it) divides us irreconcilably. We have to construct shareable secular values, human values.
I believe this is one of the most urgent problems facing the world today, not least because it underlies so many others, from poverty and globalisation to sectarianism and global warming. That’s what my books are about.
Please explore, enjoy, comment, argue! The point of my books is not to insist that I have all the answers, rather to bring the questions into focus so that better answers can emerge.