Corruption is not a recent trait, but it may have reached an unprecedented level of sophistication. When financial experts and people with legislative power put their heads together with corrupt intent they create complex cross-border structures that make discovery and prosecution very difficult.
A few days ago, the international press was abuzz with the news that Pope Francis had, in one sentence, doused the fires of hell. The Vatican quickly corrected the news, putting our minds to rest that the fires of hell are raging stronger than ever. This incident in itself is irrelevant, but it begs one question: why does this even matter to the rest of us?
Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered 5 months ago. Her death does not make her a saint but it certainly makes sinners of the rest of us. Maltese society is wholly responsible for what happened.
A ten-year-old recently taught me a valuable lesson: that it is so much easier to embrace your tasks and learn to love them rather than drag your feet and feel miserable about them. Perhaps when it comes to my children I am focusing more on the perfection of their skills than on making sure they have a positive attitude?
Stephen Hawking was certainly never aware, but the day I saw him, in Cambridge, I understood something: that in your mind you can roam all the way to the edge of the universe, travel right down to the first few milliseconds of the big bang and come back to make a difference in the here and now.