Born 20 February 1981 in Klerksdorp, South Africa. Spent youth in Zimbabwe and now live in South Africa.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Absolute favorite is anything by Khalil Gibran! 'Hiawatha' - can I say that? maybe it doesn't count, and even worse, I am breaking the rules here... Dante Alighieri's 'Inferno' as Wadsworth Longfellow would have us encounter it, and breaking the rules again... Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 'Kubla Khan; or, A Vision in a Dream: A Fragment' 'The Silver Sword'... 'The Stone Mother and Child' by J.B. Heaton... which I learnt to read when I was four and it made an impression. From then on I mad it my mission to question the truth of things and in things. 'The Teachings of Don Juan' and anything by Carlos Castaneda I easily get lost here because I remember reading a poem a day or whole book every three to four days from when I was five - there is a record somewhere at my first school. I had read D.H. Lawrence by the time I was 8 or 9 and was onto Shakespeare at age 7 already.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I seldom wake up without immediately feeling a sense of unease that comes from knowing that I have not lived my best day yet and then I usually decide something has to be done about it. How do I know that I have not lived my best day yet? So easy! I wake up and feel immediately challenged! The first challenge is almost always to remember what I planned to do with my day the previous night. No matter what... I always draw a blank, and then I play a game with myself: Will I remember after some TM? If I do, bonus! And if I don't, that is a perfect signal that there is something bothering me that I have not paid proper attention to! This is usually really bad cause I'm not wired for avoidance and it scares me when I'm avoiding something deep down that may be powerful enough to slow me down.
This book is an African libertarian's very personal take on finding the keys to purposeful living in a context systemically at odds with personal, political and economic freedom. It explores true happiness and the ephemeral bliss of euphoria. It is based on conversations that were between a father who was intelligent, complex & imperfect - a stoic sage with a volcanic temper - and his son.