21:31

‘I no longer have the energy for meaningless friendships, forced interactions or unnecessary conversations.’

Joquesse Eugenia

I have learnt, as I grow older, that quantity of friendships means nothing compared to the quality of friendships. A deep rooted friendship will always trump a full room of acquaintances. After school and university the friends that remain will be the true ones, the ones not friends just because of proximity or association, but the ones that want to be.

00:15

I recently finished reading The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne. I found it a short yet informative read. It was a moving tale of innocence in a harrowing context. While it is in the school curriculum to learn about World War 2, the true devastation isn’t really felt until personal stories are told. I also recently wrote an essay comparing The Book Thief by Markus Zusak with another text, the context being of the same time frame. Both books make a great impact in depicting the lives of children caught up in the throes of war, living with the ideals of a ruler they do not know or understand.

The character of Bruno is easy to identify with. His curious nature and exploratory attitude allowed him to find and befriend Shmuel. This book was an eye opener into the effects of war, not just on the Jews but on the Germans also.

01:03

I recently finished reading Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser. This was something out of my normal reading genre but it was an interesting and informative read.

My thoughts on the book? The book follows the story of the first fast food chains and how they got to where they are today: the triumphs, the law suits and the perseverance of the owners. The influence of the American fast food industry is vast and has seamlessly blended into our everyday lives. Each country around the world has a McDonalds chain; and the food is distributed to billions around the globe. It also raised issues of health and safety, factory accidents, employee benefits (or lack of), and union representation. Advertising for fast food is known to target children as their main audience, and it is widely accepted that the food is of a good standard to be consumed. Early fast food chains had problems with meat suppliers and turned to alternative ones which meant quality decreased as costs decreased. I found some parts of the book very fact-based with little comment from the writer. Scanning through the history of companies and their altercations and protests can be tedious.

While many have sworn off McDonalds and other fast food after reading this book, I am neither here nor there on the topic. There is no doubt that the food is convenient and cheap, but it is also unhealthy and produced in bad working conditions. I would recommend it as an intriguing read, and you can make your own informed decision on the matter.

01:53

‘One of the risks of being quiet is that other people can fill your silence with their own interpretation: You’re bored. You’re depressed. You’re shy. You’re stuck up. You’re judgmental. When others can’t read us, they write their own story – not always one we choose or that’s true to who we are.’

Sophia Dembling – The Introvert’s Way

00:18

‘We – now more than ever, it seems – have a profound civilizational anxiety about being alone. And the seed for it is increasingly planted in childhood – in an age when play is increasingly equated with screens and interfaces, being alone with a screen is not quite being alone at all, so the art of taking joy in one’s own company slips further and further out of reach.’

Robert Paul Smith – How To Do Nothing With Nobody All Alone By Yourself

Solitude is underrated. Sometimes the best company is your own thoughts, your own imagination, and your own creativity. In an age of increasing technology and the rise of a generation addicted to it, taking joy in one’s own company is now seldom recognised.