Why do we travel? – Ewen Munro’s Blog #12

The most obvious answer would be to escape our reality, to take a break from our daily routines. As humans, we create rituals for ourselves so that our lives can have some form of meaning, even to the degree where we only feel the mundaneness of our existence and wish to escape the lifestyle that we’ve fallen into. If travel’s purpose is to escape from our reality then the situation presupposes that we have to live dull, soulless lives to encourage us to want to travel and if such is the case, then how miserable must our lives be if the majority of our time is spent devoid of passion? And on the other side of that coin, if we were living a life of passion then why would we have a need to travel? While escaping our reality is a very viable answer, the answer doesn’t set itself up for a strong reason to travel.

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How do successful people think? - Ewen Munro's Blog #11

When a successful person faces a problem that they don’t know the answer to, they search for an answer. Because that person is willing to search for the answer, despite not knowing it, they’re able to take steps towards their dreams.

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What’s my favourite movie? - Ewen Munro's Blog #10

Stalker (1979) – Dir. Andrei Tarkovsky

The film, set in the unknown future, is about a guide, known as a Stalker, who leads two men, a Writer, and a Professor, into an area called the Zone in order to reach, at the center of the Zone, the Room, a place where your deepest desires are granted.

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What is entertainment missing? - Ewen Munro's Blog #9

You go to see a movie or read the latest airport novel, sit down and consume it, as was intended. Nothing more, nothing less. What asking one’s self, ‘what is entertainment missing?’, we should probably begin with what entertainment provides.

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What is bad faith? - Ewen Munro's Blog #8

Do you ever feel as if you’re stuck, that your situation is holding you back from becoming who you want to be, that you are imprisoned? Then you are most likely suffering from bad faith.

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Why do we have a self? - Ewen Munro's Blog #7

This is a very strange question to ask, considering that it seems that to most of us believe we have an inherent self. But how is this so? The question I like to ask, when it comes to questioning the self is, ‘if I am I because you are you and if you are you because I am I, then how can I be I and how can you be you?’ The idea that I is dependent on you in order to exist suggests that we don’t have an inherent self as it is dependent on others for us to realize the self. It is due to this question that we might begin to realize that self and other are just notions that are a part of one process. And yes, in the question I did use the word ‘if’ suggesting that my argument for our lack of self might not be possible; but the ‘if’ is used to acknowledge the idea that no-thing is absolute and that every-thing is conditional, much like the notion of the self being dependent on the other.

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What is our greatest tragedy? - Ewen Munro's Blog #5

Like every question, the answer is always open to interpretation. But I would hold that there is one great tragedy that seems to affect a lot of us. And that tragedy is ‘not trying’.

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What is the most important quality to be successful? - Ewen Munro's Blog #4

It seems somewhat safe to say that people spend an awful amount of time searching and studying for what it takes to be successful; maybe even more so than spending the time to achieve success, ironically. And many of these people have come up with their own answers; patience, focus, self-awareness and so on. Some might even argue that success requires an accumulation of many qualities and can’t be pinned down to one absolutely necessary quality. And while I agree that to be successful requires such an accumulation of qualities, there is one quality that stands out from the rest: courage.

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Is Writing Dying? - Ewen Munro's Blog #3

With the rise of videos on the internet, there might be a real concern over the death of writing. It’s no wonder why this is the case, seeing as watching a video is more convenient for the consumer and, most importantly, saves time. Having mentioned this, there also could be a case that writing should still be a powerful force in our lives.

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What are some of the benefits of being an introvert? - Ewen Munro’s Blog #2

If you know me then you’ll know that I hate labels because all labels do is box us in and make us believe in its illusions. One of those illusions is the negativity surrounding introverts, how they’re loners, anti-social and are not worth others time of day are some of the stereotypes surrounding introverts. And because of these negative stereotypes, we might close ourselves off and won’t bother to understand or empathize with introverts. But like anything in life, being so-called introverted has its advantages and its disadvantages.

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How do we start a new venture? - Ewen Munro's Blog #1

When beginning anything, especially a difficult task, the start seems to be ominous. Infinite possibilities fill up this stage, and so we try to weigh the burden by assessing what we believe is going to work. But the question that we should ask ourselves during these assessments is: “how do we know that this is going to work?"

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