Karl Thompson

Biography

I'm developing a Buddhist inspired critique of Western society and values. I know this has been done before, but this is personal. Most of the material on here will be focussed on this. Anyone who finds any of my writings helpful, that's fantastic.

Besides sociologising I like to meditate, do Tai Chi, nurture plants on my allotment and local area, and to run/ bike and swim. I'm also working on spending more time cleaning and putting things away immediately after I've used them.

That's pretty much me really, except for the occassional session on the real ale.

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Books

Early Retirement Strategies for the Average Income Earner, or A Critique of the Curiously Ordinary Life of the Everyday Worker-Consumer
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,210. Language: British English. Published: August 23, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help
Today's typical worker-consumer in Britain leads an extremely sub-optimal high-consumption lifestyle which locks them into working until 67-8. It is my contention that by rejecting most of today's norms pertaining to consumption and finding alternative ways of being, then even the median income earner can retire at 52, or earlier. This book is an exploration of how this might be achieved.
Why Western Notions Of Happiness Are Unsatisfactory And How Buddhism Can Help You Realise Deeper, Meaningful Happiness
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 43,870. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Buddhist, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
Western notions of happiness tend to be selfish, contingent and shallow, and this book is about why I have rejected such notions as well as the commonly accepted strategies to achieve happiness. It's also a book about why I think following The Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path is much more likely to result in a deeper, meaningful and much more stable happiness.
Globalisation Revision Notes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,200. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Social science
2 sides of revision notes on the topic of globalisation. written primarily for students studying the scly3 module in global development for the aqa exam. consists of 7 arguments/ pieces of evidence for the optimist, pessimist, transformationalist and traditionalist views of globalisation, a template essay plan on assessing the optimist view and links to online extension resources and tests.

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