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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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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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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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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The value of having a fluid mind to interact with a diversity of people

Is peace a valid goal to have?  In the short term, it may not seem so.  In the long term, it is one of the ultimate desires.  The end of a war, the start of a conversation – it will all make sense if there is peace at the end … Continue ReadingThe value of having a fluid mind to interact with a diversity of people

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About sin, the world, and death – questions and wonders partly confined to human imagination

Sin, the world, and death – we wonder of these at some time in our existence – by choice or we are compelled to.  In these very words or some other, in one language or another, we are confronted and cannot run away. There is to be found a peculiar … Continue ReadingAbout sin, the world, and death – questions and wonders partly confined to human imagination

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Observations – Adam and Eve know they are naked

On a day like any other day before, but never a day like it afterwards, the first man and woman experienced something.  From that day forward, woman and man were changed irreversibly.  They felt things unknown to their minds prior to that day.  They said new things.  Adam and Eve … Continue ReadingObservations – Adam and Eve know they are naked

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Crisis of democracy – social decline through politicization, and insistence on freedoms and rights

It is easier to answer the question, what is democracy as compared to why is democracy.  Yes, why is democracy favored and touted as the ideal principle for governance, even though its failure was anticipated right from the time of Plato.  As it is practically impossible for all the people … Continue ReadingCrisis of democracy – social decline through politicization, and insistence on freedoms and rights

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Crisis of democracy – the simultaneous rise of individualism and populism through the agency of the Internet

If one were to make a most basic study of the idea of democracy, it would readily be understood that it stands on the principle of transfer of power.  Decades ago and as it happened for centuries, when even the possibility of the existence of the Internet and communication technology … Continue ReadingCrisis of democracy – the simultaneous rise of individualism and populism through the agency of the Internet

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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 – 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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Does justice emanate from belief?

Human beings are unique among creatures on this earth, for we have even deeper than the conscious, the very instinct of justice.  Even without thought or much deliberation, a human can have the instinct for justice.  This sense of justice brings rivalry among brothers, it brings favoritism, it brings inequality … Continue ReadingDoes justice emanate from belief?

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The future of human society is predicated upon our perception of justice

The featured image: Weighing of the Heart Book of the Dead written on papyrus showing the Weighing of the Heart in the Duat using the feather of Maat as the measure in balance. What is justice?  Is personal justice and justification more important than social justice?  Is human intelligence capable of offering satisfactory justice?  Is divine … Continue ReadingThe future of human society is predicated upon our perception of justice

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The flawed and biased employment of critical thinking

  The website, “The Critical Thinking Community” carries this definition of critical thinking, on one of its pages: Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and … Continue ReadingThe flawed and biased employment of critical thinking

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The section of the world, we want to see…none see all!

When you put a query into a search box of an engine like Google or Bing, are you not already directing what kind of information will be presented?  The direction you put yourself in contact with connects you to a stream of information.  That stream of information and what flows … Continue ReadingThe section of the world, we want to see…none see all!

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