An eye for potential vindicated through actions

The ability to perceive, and to look deeper than mere appearances is a truly wonderful gift. Deeper insight is in the very constitution of some from birth. For others, it can at best be a gained skill. While for the former it comes effortlessly and naturally, for the latter it … Continue ReadingAn eye for potential vindicated through actions

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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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We have the basis, the infrastructure to develop upon – further thoughts from Jeff Bezos

We have the basis today for a life hardly conceivable even a few decades ago. Great strides have been made, thanks to science, architecture, and the development of the arts through its expressions. A young person today can work at home, and then, walk to the nearest coffee shop. There … Continue ReadingWe have the basis, the infrastructure to develop upon – further thoughts from Jeff Bezos

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Jeff Bezos’s view of the world and his understanding of the future

Jeff Bezos, like others, has a worldview.  A view of the world, or also called worldview, is such a fundamental part of our thinking.  As one approaches toward the end of one’s expected life, one finds that it is this view that was guiding him as a person.  Jeff Bezos’s … Continue ReadingJeff Bezos’s view of the world and his understanding of the future

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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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Identity and self-expression; with some ideas from David Hume and Swami Vivekananda

The act of writing, as one does in one’s own journal or a personal diary, brings a person into a unique state of mind. It is the same state of mind as one has when one is talking to himself. These peculiar practices of writing to build a self-record and … Continue ReadingIdentity and self-expression; with some ideas from David Hume and Swami Vivekananda

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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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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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The Guardian’s Cambridge Analytica & Facebook data story

The algorithm used in the Facebook data breach trawled though personal data for information on sexual orientation, race, gender – and even intelligence and childhood trauma Source: How Cambridge Analytica turned Facebook ‘likes’ into a lucrative political tool | Technology | The Guardian Public data has become a means of … Continue ReadingThe Guardian’s Cambridge Analytica & Facebook data story

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Finding belief in moderateness in the nuclear age

Nuclear technology is not bad in itself.  We have understood the sun and the stars, and in a way, have harnessed the same power to a lesser extent.  We have controlled fission, and are yet to understand ways to control fusion for peaceful purposes.  The insistence on using solar energy to … Continue ReadingFinding belief in moderateness in the nuclear age

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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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1 – Aadhar – The belief in the possibility of a good, honest society

To avoid distraction, I have placed a note in the footer. Please read it first, if you wish, to gain perspective about this presentation. The nature of humans and the nature of government: It would seem that by now we would be absolutely clear about these two matters.  As it … Continue Reading1 – Aadhar – The belief in the possibility of a good, honest society

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Making the link between technology, culture, and youth – Arianna Huffington on Thrive Global

Come join me to discuss, debate and ask questions, kickstarting this urgently-needed conversation to ensure that 2018 is the year when we put technology in its right place and take back control of our lives. Source: An Open Letter From Arianna Huffington to India on our Relationship with Technology | … Continue ReadingMaking the link between technology, culture, and youth – Arianna Huffington on Thrive Global

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Curiosity and a spirit of adventure for those who seek answers, not absolute certainty

While it is very desirable to be able to come to a point of certainty, it is not always possible.  The rules we set, the goals we pursue, the desires we cherish could be examples of stable reasons for actions.  However, these too can change with time.  What appeared to … Continue ReadingCuriosity and a spirit of adventure for those who seek answers, not absolute certainty

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How can we use the speed of communication technology to social advantage?

In ancient times, a man would get on a horse if there was an important information to be delivered quickly.  Horses were kept and cared for, for times just as these.  Maybe the rider was sleeping in his bed.  He was awakened for the express purpose of having to get … Continue ReadingHow can we use the speed of communication technology to social advantage?

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