Does having knowledge of evil cause a person to commit evil?

One thing, though, is the repeated attempt toward good and the desire for such. Yes, one does think of finally having arrived at a place, to a state of solution from which evil no longer rises. Philosophers have wanted that; religious texts speak of it. Both of these in the ideas of Utopia, of Paradise, or of Heaven (Hell, even, as a symbol of judgment) are ideas of that finality. It is the human desire for relief, again manifest in what humans think and aspire for as societies and individuals. … Read More >Does having knowledge of evil cause a person to commit evil?

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About creating art by going outside of contemplating the process

Creating anything is art. It is an act of art that goes through a process. Whether one is consciously and methodically following a method like Sherlock Holmes, the detective, or spontaneously giving rise to art, creating is a process. Creation lies in moving beyond the stage when one is about … Continue ReadingAbout creating art by going outside of contemplating the process

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Discovering optimistic individuals and their contribution to our world

In this interconnected modern world, there are possibilities like never before. The possibility of discovering optimistic individuals who can contribute positively to our world is definitely there. It is with optimism for such a possibility that enormous efforts have been made. From a local level to the global, this possibility … Continue ReadingDiscovering optimistic individuals and their contribution to our world

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John Steinbeck about understanding people

John Steinbeck is a great writer, as the Nobel committee seemed to have suggested. He answered the recognition in his own way. It is a pleasure even reading his quotes. As he says, understanding other people – that would seem rather obvious to be the cornerstone of communal living, of … Continue ReadingJohn Steinbeck about understanding people

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The adaptable self through the connections

The idea of the self is important and very clearly seen in human thinking.  It is because humans are intelligent and aware.  This consciousness we have through the workings of instincts, as well as very complex emotions, leads to the self.  What the self is, becomes clear as it continues … Continue ReadingThe adaptable self through the connections

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Realization and changes

There is a lot in life that depends upon realization.  We have the information before us a lot of the times.  The judgments as to whether that information is correct or not are important but remain secondary.  The more important factor is to move from interacting with the information and … Continue ReadingRealization and changes

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When attention is sustained, a small change can hold the potential for a major shift

Could it rightly be said that small things can hold the potential for a major shift?  It is possible that you already understand the possibilities.  It is possible, you have seen by way of observation, or experienced in your life when such a thing happens.  A very simple, innocuous-seeming conversation, … Continue ReadingWhen attention is sustained, a small change can hold the potential for a major shift

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The experience of engaging with people – how a change in views is a fundamental need and also beneficial?

There isn’t a greater art and more of it needed at this time than of engaging with people.  Engaging with people should be considered the end of all philosophy, systems of belief, or even the systems of society.  When a person engages in thinking out solutions to issues or attempts … Continue ReadingThe experience of engaging with people – how a change in views is a fundamental need and also beneficial?

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When the creative meet the unrewarding world of social networking – a basis from Bertrand Russell

A [creative] boy will toil up hill with a toboggan for the sake of the few brief moments of bliss during the descent; no one has to urge him to be industrious, and however he may puff and pant he is still happy. But if instead of the immediate reward you promised … Continue ReadingWhen the creative meet the unrewarding world of social networking – a basis from Bertrand Russell

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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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Bipolar disorder – the inner conflicts arising from trying to reconcile the Old and New Testament writings

Bipolar disorder has become the accepted name given to the manifest inner conflicts of disturbed individuals.  While there are questions and concerns over the diagnosis of bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness) itself, there are special considerations that arise as a person’s beliefs are considered.  The source of those beliefs also invariably … Continue ReadingBipolar disorder – the inner conflicts arising from trying to reconcile the Old and New Testament writings

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How the diagnosis of bipolar disorder keeps a person psychologically trapped?

If you have had even a minimal contact with books on psychology and psychiatry, it is impossible that you have not heard of bipolar disorder.  It was previously known by a more sinister name, manic-depressive illness.  The words, bipolar disorder, evoke a vivid imagery; manic-depressive illness is even more evocative!  … Continue ReadingHow the diagnosis of bipolar disorder keeps a person psychologically trapped?

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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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Does social networking encourage jumping to conclusions?

What is Jumping to conclusions? Jumping to conclusions (officially the jumping conclusion bias, often abbreviated as JTC, and also referred to as the inference-observation confusion[1]) is a psychological term referring to a communication obstacle where one “judge[s] or decide[s] something without having all the facts; to reach unwarranted conclusions”.[2][3] In other words, “when I fail … Continue ReadingDoes social networking encourage jumping to conclusions?

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