All of my comics reflect the way I see the world. Often this is expressed indirectly, using historical figures or historical events to allude to my worldview.
Othertimes, I am more direct about the personal philosophy that sits behind my comics. I use my comics as a communication tool to explain the way I think, and the way I behave. For these comics, I draw a ‘cartoon Stuart’ to stand-in for myself in the artwork of the comic.
I also express myself, and my personal philosophy through essays and videos. I enjoy expressing my views through provocative, and clearly-worded pieces that allow others to understand the logic that informs my thinking.
This page features examples of pieces where my personal philosophy sits in the front and centre.
Growing up in regional Australia in the 1990s, I adopted the casual racism of the schoolyard. As an adult, I had to educate myself out of these racist attitudes.
As adults, we are no longer set a curriculum or forced to learn anything. It is so easy to stall without the rituals of an active school education. We need to challenge ourselves.
It is inconceivable that I could ever become religious. Becoming religious would contradict principles that I value more highly.
What if Don Bradman's cricketing career was documented in the exact same way that Jesus Christ's career is documented?
How would I explain my lack of faith to a friend who does believe in God? How would I explain that there is zero chance of me ever changing my mind? In this essay, I reflect on my new comic Deprived of Religion.
Our reptile brain constantly scans for ways to distract our rational mind. By blocking internet access during work hours, I block my reptile. Then, I get to work.
In my Nineties kid childhood, internet access was a scarcity. Today, the internet is ubiquitous and is a major distraction.
I gave a talk about my decision to shun smartphones. This talk about why I still use a 'dumbphone' was the personal reflection at Sunday Assembly Canberra in December 2016.
Here's the deal: I'm 27 years old, which means I have been alive on this planet for 10,000 days. During that time, I used alcohol on about 1,500 days. Additionally, I used caffeine (from tea) about 1,500 times. Also during that time, I used ‘magic’ mushrooms 7 times, cannabis 4 times, MDMA 3 times, and LSD 1 time.