The culture of self in societies that appear connected

A true community is not just about being geographically close to someone or part of the same social web network. It’s about feeling connected and responsible for what happens. Humanity is our ultimate community, and everyone plays a crucial role. ~ Yehuda Berg It is a particular trait among thinkers … Continue ReadingThe culture of self in societies that appear connected

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Writing – pen to paper or fingers to keyboard – tradition over modernity

These days, everyone is a writer.  That is what technology has done.  From the person who composes a short text message and garnishes it with the perfect emojis, to the one who prepares the agenda for an important board meeting, to the one writing in her own journal, everyone is … Continue ReadingWriting – pen to paper or fingers to keyboard – tradition over modernity

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Analysis and problem-solving don’t bring real happiness

Happiness is such a basic human desire.  It also is one of the foremost pursuits of mankind.  Whether we are those who consciously pursue happiness or believe it to be like the light that shines through upon us through the clouds when the time for it has come, we all … Continue ReadingAnalysis and problem-solving don’t bring real happiness

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Can real happiness be found through objectivity?

It would be difficult to place an exact event or time when a person experiences happiness for the first time.  One would very much hope, it was during the days of infancy, even before the faculties of reason had started to develop.  And so, by this way of referencing, happiness … Continue ReadingCan real happiness be found through objectivity?

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Creating a defense mechanism by assigning all ideas to the intellect

The intellect can seem like a safe realm to keep and examine ideas. However, if human interactions remain at that level, something is soon realized to be missing. Our response to suffering, ability to empathize and connect also are affected. In the age of social networking, what can we practically … Continue ReadingCreating a defense mechanism by assigning all ideas to the intellect

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How to compete without being enemies?

It seems the most common of tendencies, and almost instinctive for us to compare ourselves with another.  We are competing in appearances, in words, in wealth, education, nation, or some other reason that human society has developed to put a division in the family.  Our comparisons produce envy and jealousy, … Continue ReadingHow to compete without being enemies?

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Does scrolling content on a fixed screen create the mindset of a fleeting existence?

It has now become the habit of billions around the world – young and old – to get an understanding of all things through scrolling content.  While the screen remains fixed in place at all times and even disappears from consciousness, unless one looks away, there is a hypnotizing of … Continue ReadingDoes scrolling content on a fixed screen create the mindset of a fleeting existence?

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The conflicts and infighting of humans will end

To look upon the conflicts of mankind is an experience of great dismay.  Yes, there are those who have firmly come to the conclusion that to be in a state of perpetual conflict and infighting is human destiny.  For we seem to have evolved from the lower state of existence … Continue ReadingThe conflicts and infighting of humans will end

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The exclusive focus on physical things will create an imbalance

There has been a noticeable insistence on physical things in recent times.  It has been very deliberate, systematic, and evident of great intelligence.  Who are its proponents is not the most important thing.  One could, of course, examine the sayings of modern, atheist thinkers like Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins.  … Continue ReadingThe exclusive focus on physical things will create an imbalance

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Is it possible to have development without taking sides?

One would normally consider the taking of sides as being counter-intuitive to the idea of development.  Whatever resources we have, we would want to use them in a planned, organized, and united effort to get the best possible results.  There is a number of examples of this.  In a family, … Continue ReadingIs it possible to have development without taking sides?

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How compulsion and desperation are driving the conversation toward extremes

A conversation has the power to liberate a human being.  It has the power to set free the mind from bondage.  Even one exchange of ideas is able to give a new direction to the thinking of a person, or the chance of realization.  Why would anyone want to do … Continue ReadingHow compulsion and desperation are driving the conversation toward extremes

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What kind of conversations can truly produce change in society?

Conversations are the most powerful tool to bring change in society. In a civil society, it is the only acceptable tool.  It is true, we have to make an assumption about a society being civil in the first place.  Aside from a limited personal experience and association, a very cursory … Continue ReadingWhat kind of conversations can truly produce change in society?

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The value of having a fluid mind to interact with a diversity of people

Is peace a valid goal to have?  In the short term, it may not seem so.  In the long term, it is one of the ultimate desires.  The end of a war, the start of a conversation – it will all make sense if there is peace at the end … Continue ReadingThe value of having a fluid mind to interact with a diversity of people

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Why is it that so much conversation fails to produce change in society?

Conversation is so uniquely human.  Even in the stories we write, one of the fascinating capabilities a writer can give to his imagined beast is to talk like humans.  A bird, a dragon, a serpent, or some other ferocious beast takes on a new life as soon as it talks … Continue ReadingWhy is it that so much conversation fails to produce change in society?

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Becoming the kind of people who have a diversity of interests

Technology has affected not only societies but also the individual within them.  In particular, the way we search and access information has become very specific.  This is not a bad thing.  However, it also requires a user of technology to put this knowledge to use.  Using information is possible through … Continue ReadingBecoming the kind of people who have a diversity of interests

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