The notches on tools and the end of the world

We are surrounded by tools.  From the ordinary nail cutter to the kitchen knife, to our smartwatches, mobile phones, Wi-Fi routers, and computers.  Tools of all different kinds are all around us as evidence of human ingenuity and entrepreneurship.  Somewhere, someone saw a need and decided to create a solution … Continue ReadingThe notches on tools and the end of the world

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Assumptions regarding the maturity of the self

Maturity isn’t a quality of only the mind.  The simplicity of this understanding can have a transformative effect on an individual.  It need not have any such effects on society.  It might even be childish in itself to consider those ideas that can bind societies and lift them up.  There … Continue ReadingAssumptions regarding the maturity of the self

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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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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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Cults of black-and-white thinking – a lesson from Jehovah’s witnesses

Cults – what does the word bring to mind?  There are thoughts of blind devotion.  There most certainly is the charisma or power of a leader over his followers.  Finally, there is the absolute certainty of purpose.  Whether one thinks of Jim Jones, Hitler, or the Messiah of Israel, these … Continue ReadingCults of black-and-white thinking – a lesson from Jehovah’s witnesses

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What is required to even consider changing one’s beliefs to explore better possibilities for the future?

The last post went through a consideration of the possibility of changing one’s beliefs.  It is a task best considered worth undertaking for the sake of survival.  Beliefs are also to be considered as a subject for change in the interest of preservation, longevity, and continuity.  Our existing generations would … Continue ReadingWhat is required to even consider changing one’s beliefs to explore better possibilities for the future?

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Can we change our beliefs to formulate better predictions for the future?

As hard as one may try, it is not possible to entirely avoid the practice of predicting the future.  Why is it that people want to predict the outcome before it happens?  The reason is quite simple.  There is a desire to have certainty about the future.  Predictions give us … Continue ReadingCan we change our beliefs to formulate better predictions for the future?

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How the medical myth of drug treatments has created a whole culture?

What is a myth?  A myth is a traditional story consisting of events that are ostensibly historical, though often supernatural, explaining the origins of a cultural practice or natural phenomenon.  The word “myth” is derived from the Greek word mythos (μῦθος), which simply means “story”.   Mythology can refer either to the study of myths, or to a body or … Continue ReadingHow the medical myth of drug treatments has created a whole culture?

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The vicious cycle of paranoia and extremism

During times of difficulty and great anguish, the subtlety of human thought suffers.  There is not the attention to detail, and nuance seems only hypocritical.  What a relaxed mind, one at ease in a secure environment can do, a stressed mind cannot.  This is easily understandable.  This understanding should have … Continue ReadingThe vicious cycle of paranoia and extremism

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Are your beliefs a response to external information?

Beliefs are one of the most fascinating, and some would say, the most significant component of the ideas that a human being holds.  It wouldn’t be wrong to say, there is always some emotional connection to any idea that forms a part of the beliefs of any human being.  When … Continue ReadingAre your beliefs a response to external information?

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Observation – Satan’s absurdity, and Eve’s naivete…and many questions

The claim is often made by individuals with specific objectives and interests that, the Bible is outdated and no longer useful.  It is also believed that, there is nothing profound or worth learning from a book that many others consider to be the revealed will of God.  It is possible … Continue ReadingObservation – Satan’s absurdity, and Eve’s naivete…and many questions

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Indian government’s demonetization step – rooted in the concept of the divine

Try as one may otherwise, the human mind by necessity needs to have some basic concepts about the world around us.  The concepts we have could be, should be, of a more general nature.  Upon these basic concepts, details are added through observations, experiences, training, and learning.  If the basic … Continue ReadingIndian government’s demonetization step – rooted in the concept of the divine

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Indian government’s demonetization step – the test of behaviors

It would be the prime accusation that, the Indian government under the current BJP rule was hasty in announcing, executing, and implementing the decision to demonetize 500 and 1,000 Rupee currency notes.  Does this accusation stand to reason?  Yes, it does stand to the reason guided by observation.  There is … Continue ReadingIndian government’s demonetization step – the test of behaviors

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Indian government’s demonetization step – an object lesson in today’s world

In the life of a nation, there come times when landmark decisions are made.  The decision itself stands to define the future course of that nation.  As it is, we are now part of the global whole and therefore, significant decisions create waves that easily go beyond national borders.  The … Continue ReadingIndian government’s demonetization step – an object lesson in today’s world

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How personal convictions challenge social peace and justice?

There has to be a necessary coexistence in society for an individual to flourish.  A society is a huge factor in the development of an individual.  There are individuals who can and want to take up social causes, offer practical suggestions, and assist in bringing changes that will bring possible … Continue ReadingHow personal convictions challenge social peace and justice?

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