“The perennial fibre of truth” – Thomas Carlyle. What is it?

There is something inherently easy, comforting, and natural in reading what Thomas Carlyle has written.  Insofar as I reached the point of his writing about “Worship” and the “devotion” that mankind has been familiar with, these words have been outstanding: Worship is transcendent wonder; wonder for which there is now … Continue Reading“The perennial fibre of truth” – Thomas Carlyle. What is it?

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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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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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U.S. to move Israel embassy to Jerusalem May 14

That’s a lot sooner than expected. Source: Scoop: U.S. to move Israel embassy to Jerusalem May 14 – Axios Relevant discussion from December 21, 2017, General Assembly Overwhelmingly Adopts Resolution Asking Nations Not to Locate Diplomatic Missions in Jerusalem The point has often been made that Israel is the only … Continue ReadingU.S. to move Israel embassy to Jerusalem May 14

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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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Why mentors and teachers are especially needed to counter extremism?

Mentors and teachers are a special gift to human society.  These cannot simply be understood to be professions or titles, or some kind of a degree that is earned from an institution.  Rather, these are linked to the personal qualities and concerns of the individual.  Even more so, it is … Continue ReadingWhy mentors and teachers are especially needed to counter extremism?

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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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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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Why our predictions must move away from utter doom to continuity?

The idea of terminal decline is pulling the power of prediction like a black hole pulls light into it.  This phenomenon is not new.  It has happened again and again throughout history.  It has also had its reasons.  It is sufficient to say that people desire achievement and progress.  However, … Continue ReadingWhy our predictions must move away from utter doom to continuity?

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Can today’s leaders improve our future by making more positive predictions?

Predictions are humanly impossible and are equally common.  Yes, as rare as they should be, they, in fact, form a part of everyday speech.  Whenever someone says, I will do this and I will do that, we are in a sense indulging in a prediction.  It is our certainty about … Continue ReadingCan today’s leaders improve our future by making more positive predictions?

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The higher criticism – one that is not directed by objective

It sounds noble, as it is appealing – to practice a higher level of criticism that is not directed by objective.  There is hardly an offering of criticism today that is not directed by objective, not subject to some personal interest, not contaminated by some ulterior motive.  It might even … Continue ReadingThe higher criticism – one that is not directed by objective

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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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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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How does faith suppress analytical thinking, but also provide comfort?

Faith is a particular aspect of religious thought.  It is a confidence in what has not happened yet.  There is a confidence in the unseen ability of someone or something to bring about what does not yet exist.  Yes, this is how it works.  The human mind and heart are … Continue ReadingHow does faith suppress analytical thinking, but also provide comfort?

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