Ideas & Reflections
A North Sea Memoir
Living in the afterbirth of the Second World War
This memoire traces the development of the sensibility of a daughter of an unlikely marriage between an English schoolteacher and a Swedish army officer in the aftermath of the Second World War.
It follows conflicted lives across two countries and two generations, from the birth of the daughter, through her formative years to self realisation against a backdrop of over powering parental myth.
Morality and the Human Condition
Examining morality against the backdrop of neurological science, this essay challenges received perceptions of morality as underwritten by empathy. Instead the argument is made that morality holds the reins for multiple impulses including, as well as empathy, drives associated with power, sex, self-preservation and the assertion of the ego and identity. Morality, it is argued, is not a simple promoter of the social instincts, but rather a manager of the human condition in all its complexity and volatility.
Reflections on the texture of life after 60
These are some compressed diaried musings on the shifts in feelings and living for someone moving past her sell by date - with a familiar dose of kicking and screaming.
It is not a retrospective commentary on the life that went before - or on the loving, warm relations with her family and friends who still surround her today. The intensity and ongoing nature of those relationships preclude dissection.