More About the Author
I have been writing, in one form or another, since I completed my BA in Linguistics from Victoria University of Wellington in 1989.
My greatest professional joy is to uncover simple solutions to significant problems so, as a writer, it is no surprise that I felt highly motivated to tackle the crippling issue of poor written communication skills.
The other major issue that captivates my attention is (for want of a better label) unwise human activity. At a time in history when we should be slowing down to enjoy our good fortune and to wisely plan for the future, we are instead busily just doing stuff -- creating, manipulating, consuming, wasting -- without due consideration of the effects of our actions. I think we assume that we're somehow making things better, but we're not, we're making things worse for ourselves, our children, and for future generations.
For many years I have been trying to fathom why we act so unwisely and I have distilled what I have learned into a Theory of Universal Human Needs. I know it sounds pompous, but the title is accurate and the content, at just 72 words, is anything but pompous.
And though I greatly value academic study and authorship, my theory is clearly not an academic one. But does that make it less helpful? I don't think so, but you can decide for yourself. And that's the key to my theory: accessibility -- anyone can read it and critique it, which is surely essential for a theory that is attempting to identify and understand universal human needs.
So my approach relies on brevity and natural philosophy (observation, contemplation, logic), and my simple hope is that it proves useful. I have, in any case, put a peg in the ground.