Table of ContentsI. About Me
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Hello! I’m Aushaf — an aspiring writer based in Melbourne, Australia.
If you know me well, you know I spend a ridiculous amount of time pondering what it means to be human. I don’t know why I’m so bothered by that question, but it’s the main driving force behind all my endeavors, personal and professional alike — that includes my writing.
To that end, I learn Philosophy and Psychology like there’s no tomorrow. My goal is to present you with…
In today’s urban development discourse, urbanists are extensively discussing the emerging concept of “creative cities.” It has become the topic of several works of academic literature, some of which are written by renowned names such as David Yencken and Charles Landry.
The concept has also been internationally legitimized by UNESCO through its UCCN (UNESCO Creative Cities Network) program, which catalogs creative cities from all around the globe to foster cooperative relationships between these cities. Some members of UCCN include Barcelona, Dakar, Melbourne, Shanghai, and Toronto.
At the time of this writing, there are 246 cities included in the network. This…
“Wise men talk the same way my mother told me
I walk the same way my father told me
Back straight, chest out, just like a soldier
Back straight, chest out, just like a soldier”
— Hippo Campus, South
“Hey, don’t slouch! Stand up straight!”
There’s a good chance that you've heard your parents say these words so many times before in your childhood, especially if you’re a boy. Enough for you to be sick of it, even though you know they mean well.
Hey, I totally get that. I was a slouchy kid as well. Actually, I still am…
If you live in a city, try looking around your neighborhood. You’ll see elements of urban design all over: Building facades, laneways, street corners, pedestrian crossings, green open spaces, and so on.
These individual elements blend together and form a gestalt we call the urbanscape: The spatial layout or appearance of the city as it is perceived by our eyes. We then form a mental image of the city based on what we see and devise a judgment about it subsequently.
The beautiful urbanscape of an elite settlement is way more pleasing to the eye when compared to a decrepit…
Some days it feels like I’m living life wrong. Like my career and relationship are ruined beyond saving. I don’t have a stable job. I’m not entirely sure what type of career should I pursue. I’m unmarried. I haven’t achieved all the other “life milestones” that society tells me to get as soon as I can.
But then I remember I’m only 24.
Why am I living at such a frantic pace? Does my life end at 30?
Maybe, but statistically speaking, the probability isn’t that high. The average human lifespan today is around 72 years, so it’s likely I…
When it comes to fitness and health, many people find inspiration from watching their favorite athletes.
Humans learn through imitation, and witnessing professional athletes in action makes you want to be like them, which then ignites your motivation and inspires you to start training.
When you see Cristiano Ronaldo play soccer, for example, you can’t help but admire his skills and want to learn them yourself. When you watch basketball, you might feel the same way with Stephen Curry. If you prefer tennis, Rafael Nadal is your man. MMA? Conor McGregor it is.
Choose whatever sport you like, and the…
“A city is more than a place in space, it is a drama in time.”
― Patrick Geddes
In 2007, the world’s urban population surpassed its rural counterpart. This occurrence marked a major turning point in the history of human civilization. More than half of the entire human species — that’s approximately 4 billion people — now lives in urban areas.
Cities are now, officially, the most human place on earth.
This knowledge then poses a crucial question: What should we do with our cities? The flow of urbanization shows no sign of halting. Cities will continue to grow, and…
“Homo homini monstrum,” wrote Victor Hugo in his Gothic novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1831). Man is a monster to his fellow man, a somewhat darker variant of the more popular proverb “Homo homini lupus,” — man is a wolf to his fellow man.
The two phrases illustrate a similar phenomenon: in certain situations, human beings are capable of (and have a propensity towards) performing monstrous, beast-like acts to their own kind.
Austrian psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud agreed with the proverb. As he grimly wrote in Civilization and Its Discontents (1930):
“Men are not gentle creatures, who want to be loved…
Why do writers write?
There are a plethora of reasons, and not all of them are noble. Some are quite selfish, in fact, such as to accumulate social validation or monetary rewards — which is fair as long as it’s done considerately.
It’s perfectly human to have self-centered desires. However, dear writers, you have to be careful with them lest they corrupt your writing.
When left unchecked, self-interest will impair your judgment.
When you write for yourself, like in a diary or personal journal, you can be as crude, vulnerable, narcissistic, or egotistical as you want. …
Despite being one of the best-selling genres out there, self-help is under a lot of attacks these days. And for good reason.
As a bookworm myself, I have read more than my fair share of self-help books, and after the 50th book or so I started feeling sick to my stomach. Most of them are just cliché, over-simplified, sugarcoated advice. Reading them doesn’t give me any value anymore. If you truly want to “help yourself,” don’t read self-help. You’ll be better off with philosophy or history books — they provide much deeper and richer lessons. Not to mention timeless.
Weaving insights from Philosophy, Psychology, and Urbanism to make sense of the human condition.