Zac Alstin

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How Low-Energy Parents Can Get Their Children to Cooperate

These days I look at most things through the lens of temperament. I know people who run their own businesses, get up at four or five AM to go running or cycling, socialise broadly, and oversee their young children’s busy lives while even looking...

Why You Should Watch 'Cobra Kai' Instead of 'The Last Jedi'

The latest instalment in the Star Wars franchise was a huge disappointment to die-hard fans. The movie’s sins are too numerous to recount here, but they amount to a complete abandonment of everything that made the original series a success in the...

Pornography, Addiction, and Human Happiness

Our modern use of the word addiction derives from “self-addict” which, despite sounding like a synonym for narcissist, really means "to devote or give up (oneself) to a habit or occupation." Addict in turn comes from the Latin ad meaning “to” and...

How Much Should We Hate Our Enemies?

The same-sex marriage debate is about to heat up in Australia, and for both sides the temptation to embrace fear and hate will be fierce. Most of us have enemies, even if we don’t recognise it. Most of us hate someone, or some group of people...

Love and Doubt: the Central Truth of Existence

I’ve been working for a long time to arrive at the central truth of my existence. In search of answers I’ve read extensively the works of mystics, saints, sages and great teachers from a variety of religious and spiritual traditions. I’ve read...