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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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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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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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 mind and its need for certainty – a tendency toward black-and-white thinking

Time goes by and a human mind is able to persist despite a lack of certainty.  It requires a simplicity and an exercise of patience, but it is possible.  Keeping a sense of contentment is very important during times of uncertainty.  It is quite like a ship out in the … Continue ReadingThe mind and its need for certainty – a tendency toward black-and-white thinking

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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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How the Internet has changed leadership, its place, and its functioning

It is no secret that the Internet has changed how human society functions.  There are specific effects that can be observed no matter where one looks.  However, it is the effect on leadership that is most notable.  The way the Internet and its related technologies have developed, leadership is most … Continue ReadingHow the Internet has changed leadership, its place, and its functioning

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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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What is the individual today, in view of a constantly changing world?

When you close your eyes and shut out the sounds of the outside world, there is a place you can reach with the passage of time. There is a place within you that is worth visiting. Most people have never visited that place. It is much more likely, that even … Continue ReadingWhat is the individual today, in view of a constantly changing world?

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Observation – The disobedient angel and humans in Eden: what it says about the Creator?

Just in general terms and even with a number of misconceptions, the story of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden is one of the most popular stories from the Bible.  It happens to be right at the start, in the first few chapters of Genesis.  That is a … Continue ReadingObservation – The disobedient angel and humans in Eden: what it says about the Creator?

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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 – preparing a nation for the future

It has to be maintained that, when history would look back upon the Indian government’s decision of demonetization, factors more significant than political party and economics would be considered.  Did the present Indian government under the BJP have complete and full understanding of the implications, and of the effects of … Continue ReadingIndian government’s demonetization step – preparing a nation for the future

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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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Determining what is “fake news”. What is “real news”?

The phrase “fake news” has become popular in recent times.  In the year 2016, another related phrase “post truth” became popular.  Outside of the political world, there is much that is happening which makes the appearance and use of these phrases timely and legitimate.  A consideration of what is behind … Continue ReadingDetermining what is “fake news”. What is “real news”?

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