Ancient Greek philosopher Socrates is famous for having been called wise in part because he wouldn’t label himself wise. Shutterstock

What is wisdom, and is it unwise to pursue it?

It is a tall order to try to become wise. And the bad news is that it appears harder than many philosophers have thought.
US President Donald Trump and African dictator Idi Amin - different, but the same. EPA and Reuters

Idi Amin and Donald Trump - strong men with unlikely parallels

Some may say it's far fetched to compare a 1970s African dictator with the President of the United States. But the similarities between Idi Amin and Donald Trump are quite startling.
Lolabelle, the artist and musician Laurie Anderson’s dog being taught how to play the piano.

All dogs go to heaven

In many cultures and religions dogs are more than protection and security. But do they have an after-life?
Johannesburg’s night sky with its most densely-populated suburb of Hillbrow in the foreground. Leon Krige

Johannesburg and Accra: inching their way up the urban food chain

Accra and Johannesburg have some way to go before making it onto anyone's top 20. Both cities have a desperate gap between rich and poor but inequality is not a uniquely African problem.

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