We are very lucky to live in a time where our language is rich and dynamic. The advantages are enormous, allowing us to be extremely nuanced in what we say, to articulate our complex feelings and even to change people’s minds. But with so much faith in the power of words, do we overlook the … Continue reading The flaws in language & why people will never agree
If you have heard it said that we cry too much, that we are a society which is becoming too emotional, don’t believe it. The reality is not that we cry too much but that we are more willing to cry, and we are more willing because we feel more comfortable to show people how … Continue reading Why crying is good for you
The mirror on your bedroom wall is there for a reason. But it is not a sign of vanity or a big ego. It is there because you care about how you look, and you care about how you look because, deep down, you are insecure. For the few, appearance means nothing. Rarer still are … Continue reading Insecure about your body? It means you’re normal
You are ordinary. However colourful, confident, ambitious or famous you are, you will never escape the seemingly harsh but wonderfully humbling reality that you are nothing special. Congratulations, it’s a great position to be in, and here’s why. Everyday life can become dreary and repetitive. It’s something that we all experience, and we look for … Continue reading You’re so ordinary… and that’s the best thing to be
The social media habit is not just about keeping in touch with friends or satisfying our curiosity about people’s lives. It reveals a fundamental human need: the need for approval. On the one hand, this is slightly depressing, and implies that we are insecure or desperate. We are told that people exaggerate the quality of … Continue reading Social media & the reality of the virtual world
To devalue someone’s principles or dismiss their arguments, we look for the most obvious flaws in their logic or character. We correct the grammar of bigots on social media, point out someone’s ignorance of what we consider to be general knowledge, or use an official sounding statistic. But the king of these is a one … Continue reading Hypocrisy: the greatest hypocrisy of them all
Welcome to Knighted Pine, where we use philosophy to rethink the ordinary. Our mission is to create a world of deep thinkers and to open your eyes to see beyond the things we take for granted. On its surface, the world is simple and we rarely question what it all means. Our job is to build a clearer and richer understanding of how it works and why.