Our public face in the public space

As soon as we leave our home, shut the door behind us, we present our public face to others in the shared environment we call the public space. We give out signals with our appearance to be read by others in the public space and in turn read the signals given by them. Our social […]

Nation and State

The nation is an ethnic, linguistic, cultural, historical, culinary belonging, not necessarily within a continuous geographic area. It is an ethos, the subject of loyalty. the ‘I am a….’ The state is a legal, economic, defensive, internationally recognised entity. Complying with the law and taxation support the state. Several nations can exist within a state; […]

The Cost of Free Will is in its Consequences

What I am really interested is the mechanics of choosing and cost of the Consequence of Free Will. This is not an academic attempt, it is trying to follow a rational argument without particular references to others. The subject of Free Will has been widely analyzed but mostly in the context of allowing freedom to […]

The success of the West

open-mindedness unconstrained by (religious) dogma; healthy skepticism about what we are told; democracy, acceptance of majority rule because the system is more important than to be right at all the times (and in the knowledge that the majority shall not abuse the minority because above all is the rule of law); belief that our fate […]

The Will and the Instrument

The success or failure of any work of architecture or civil engineering is contingent on the quality of both who commissioned and who executed it. Perhaps a better way to describe them is the Will and the Instrument. Once both are in place a creative synthesis takes hold. The Instrument may lead to solutions beyond […]

Civil Society and the Urban Fabric

In a civil society the individual sub-ordinates his or her immediate needs to the common good by recognising that the benefits so provided exceed the advantages the individual might obtain for the self-alone. Hence a well ordered urban environment is of greater benefit than seeking individual advantages at all times. Civic Values apply to individuals, […]