Zac Alstin is a writer, philosopher, and stay-at-home dad from Adelaide, South Australia.
Having accepted as a teenager the conventional wisdom that “you can be anything you want to be”, Zac spent the next twenty years trying to figure out what that was, before finally realising that it wasn’t meant to taken literally in the first place.
In the meantime he wrote more than a hundred opinion pieces for various online publications, delighting in finding new perspectives and insights into all the world’s problems, including problems it didn’t know it had. Having solved all the world’s problems, Zac turned his attention to fiction, lured by the inevitability of untold wealth and glory.
Zac currently lives with his wife and young son in a battered shoebox by the side of a major arterial road, from which vantage point he contemplates eternity, worries about the future, and compulsively checks his amazon sales rank.
He loves martial arts, comparative religion, roasting his own coffee, brewing his own beer, pickling his own vegetables and now writing his own books.
This blog’s starting point was originally a quotation from Confucius: ‘The Superior man is not a utensil’, but has since been upgraded to an Yi Jing quotation translated by Pierre Ryckmans: ‘In springtime the dragon is useless’.
Having invested time, energy, and idealism in a range of skills and interests that are, from a worldly and commercial perspective, utterly useless, this blog is in honour of things that go beyond the merely ‘useful’.
Or as the late Pierre Ryckmans paraphrased Shaw:
The successful man adapts himself to the world. The loser persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the loser.