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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why is moderation the answer to extremism? (A principle for peace.)

To be moderate in thought is the way to peace.  Even in the great accomplishment of lasting worth, we seek moderation to be the desired state of human existence.  In one of the posts some time back, some thought was put into considering the growth of extremism and the possibility … Continue ReadingWhy is moderation the answer to extremism? (A principle for peace.)

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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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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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