Holocaust Memorial Day: A Unique Insight Into Prof. Viktor Frankl

Viktor & I: An Alexander Vesely Film (2010) Screening on Thursday 26th January, 7.30pm @ The Strand Arts Centre, Belfast Part of Holocaust Memorial Day Viktor & I is about famous Holocaust survivor, Dr. Viktor Frankl, author of ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’. Filmmaker Alexander Vesely travelled the world to document the personal and unique side … More Holocaust Memorial Day: A Unique Insight Into Prof. Viktor Frankl

Learning From Tragedy & Suffering: The Remarkable Alice Herz Sommer

The Lady in No. 6 is one of the most remarkable and moving documentaries I’ve ever seen.  Yes, that sounds like hyperbole, but consider that this 2013 film won the Academy Award for Best Short Documentary.  The film is an exploration of Alice Herz-Sommer’s life.  At 109 years old, Herz-Sommer was at the time of … More Learning From Tragedy & Suffering: The Remarkable Alice Herz Sommer

Existentialism & Ethics In Action: The Life Of A Neurosurgeon

It was Henry Marsh, a celebrated neurosurgeon, who once so perceptively said: ‘what are we if we don’t try to help others…we’re nothing, nothing at all.’ These words were uttered in the closing moments of ‘The English Surgeon’ an emotionally charged BBC film that looks at Marsh’s charitable work in Ukraine. Marsh, and his fellow … More Existentialism & Ethics In Action: The Life Of A Neurosurgeon

Examining The Cost of Non-Violent Resistance: The Case Of Sophie Scholl

The iconic and heroic figure of Sophie Scholl still speaks to those of us who espouse non-violence in the modern age.  Scholl, who was a member of the White Rose resistance movement in Nazi Germany, paid for her activism with her life. Her implacable opposition to the nihilistic ideals of the Nazi party led to … More Examining The Cost of Non-Violent Resistance: The Case Of Sophie Scholl

The World’s Oldest Holocaust Survivor: Viktor Frankl’s ‘Will to Meaning’ In Action

It was the famous Holocaust survivor, psychiatrist and founder of the Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy, Viktor Frankl, who frequently drew upon Friedrich Nietzsche’s insightful maxim to explain the core philosophy of his existential analysis: “Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.”  Throughout the various stages of his life, Frankl collated … More The World’s Oldest Holocaust Survivor: Viktor Frankl’s ‘Will to Meaning’ In Action

Rediscovering Orthopraxy

Albert Schweitzer (14 January 1875 – 4 September 1965) was unique.  A theologian, musician, philosopher, physician, and medical missionary and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Schweitzer was a Christian who lived out his faith in an intensely practical way. After giving up a career as a distinguished theologian, Schweitzer dedicated his life to serving God as … More Rediscovering Orthopraxy

Paradox And Interconnectedness: Seeing The World Through New Eyes

As the musician and activist Kathy Mattea once sagely observed: ‘That’s the great paradox of living on this earth, that in the midst of great pain you can have great joy as well’. Nowhere have I observed this paradox played out with such thought-provoking beauty and profundity than in the experimental non-narrative documentary by Ron … More Paradox And Interconnectedness: Seeing The World Through New Eyes

An Encounter With ‘The Teenage Exorcists’

Check out Pastor Bob Larson’s website (http://www.boblarson.org/) and you’ll see that he refers to himself as ‘the world’s foremost expert on cults, the occult, and supernatural phenomena’.  Quite how he makes this assessment is not clear.  Maybe it’s because he travels the world ‘exorcising demons’ in their thousands, embarking on tours around the US, the … More An Encounter With ‘The Teenage Exorcists’

Rediscovering Unity

Today saw the funeral of Margaret Thatcher, arguably the most divisive Prime Minister the UK has ever had.  Some love her, some loath her; nobody has ‘no opinion’ when it come to assessing her legacy. When Thatcher swept to power in 1979, I was only 6 years of age. Over the next eleven and a-half … More Rediscovering Unity