Mark Dooley

 

Welcome to my website!

Here, you will find details of my Career and Life, Books, and Media & Public Appearances. I also make available a collection of my journalistic writings. Just below, you will find a new Moral Matters Column (uploaded each Friday) and a selection of my Saturday Essays from the Irish Daily Mail.  At the bottom of this page, I have selected a quote from my writings in the hope that it will help you kick off your day on a contemplative, thought-provoking, but always life-affirming note.  I have also just opened a new blog in which you will find regular musings on my life, career and the world.

Moral Matters

 

November 30, 2016

Good things come if you learn to wait

Why is waiting such a burden? It wasn’t always so, but it has become something which we seemingly cannot bear. The phrase ‘I cannot wait’ used to signify excitement, but today it signifies an unwillingness to anticipate what is to come. In this age of instant gratification, when every desire is immediately fulfilled, the very idea of waiting is denied. Why wait when you can simply press a button and have your yearnings satisfied? Why wait when the answer to any need is at your fingertips? Waiting is directly related to that other great virtue of patience…Read More

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November 26, 2016

Who wants to live forever?

Last week, the world was stunned by the news that a 14-year-old British girl who, shortly before her death on October 17, won a legal case to have her remains cryogenically frozen in the United States. She had been suffering from a rare form of cancer and did not ‘want to be buried underground’. Rather, as she informed the judge hearing her case, ‘being cryo-preserved gives me a chance to be cured and woken up – even in hundreds of years’ time’. The case has aroused global interest, not least because it offers the prospect of extending life beyond its natural limits. If we can be frozen, rather than interred or cremated, there is always the possibility of being raised from the dead at some  future stage. There is always the hope we can enjoy immorality here on Earth…Read more

The train, without stress and bother, had delivered me home. The journey renewed my attachment to time and place… Finally, I had discovered the perfect antidote to automobile alienation. ~Mark DooleySource: Moral Matters, 14.9.2011