Certain kinds of knowledge and the preservation of sincerity – with some thoughts from Thomas Carlyle

At a certain time in life, and not necessarily as a cause for or a result of an existential crisis, one might be confronted by certain questions.  Those questions are about what one perceives of this world and his own attempts at making sense of what is the reality of … Continue ReadingCertain kinds of knowledge and the preservation of sincerity – with some thoughts from Thomas Carlyle

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The Guardian’s Cambridge Analytica & Facebook data story

The algorithm used in the Facebook data breach trawled though personal data for information on sexual orientation, race, gender – and even intelligence and childhood trauma Source: How Cambridge Analytica turned Facebook ‘likes’ into a lucrative political tool | Technology | The Guardian Public data has become a means of … Continue ReadingThe Guardian’s Cambridge Analytica & Facebook data story

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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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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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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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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 – 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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Why the growth of extremism in recent times? Is there a remedy?

It would be a mistake to confine extremism to religion or political ideology or a nationality.  Extremism can be found anywhere, even in music and art.  It is usually a response to some external trouble.  It could be seen as a means of countering the negative influence of outside forces, … Continue ReadingWhy the growth of extremism in recent times? Is there a remedy?

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Why a human is incapable of truth, but is capable of peace?

The truth could be seen as, when, a statement is the same as the existence of a matter.  When a man speaks of what is in existence, he offers his observation.  He observes, understands, and expresses.  If the understanding is the same as that of everyone else, it has to … Continue ReadingWhy a human is incapable of truth, but is capable of peace?

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