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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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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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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Why I feel that religion will continue to remain a part of human thinking

The existence of religion seems as old as the human ability for imagination, and to formulate questions on the basis of our ability to have a sense of wonder.  Some believe that humans had a start as apes and this ability developed through evolution.  Others believe humans to have had … Continue ReadingWhy I feel that religion will continue to remain a part of human thinking

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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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Observation – Satan’s absurdity, and Eve’s naivete…and many questions

The claim is often made by individuals with specific objectives and interests that, the Bible is outdated and no longer useful.  It is also believed that, there is nothing profound or worth learning from a book that many others consider to be the revealed will of God.  It is possible … Continue ReadingObservation – Satan’s absurdity, and Eve’s naivete…and many questions

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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 indomitable idea

As human beings, it is very desirable that we adhere to the principles of reason.  By adhering to those principles we can have a more peaceful life, and the prospect of better relations with others.  At the same time, a realization about living by reason must be admitted: When reason … Continue ReadingIndian government’s demonetization step – the indomitable idea

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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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The nature of conviction, and the certainty of belief

Conviction and certainty of belief impart a particular trait to the very thinking and expression of a person that goes counter to reason, and the willingness to listen.  Be it blunt or sharp, the absolutist conclusion of the convinced person does not have the opening to alter the conviction.  The … Continue ReadingThe nature of conviction, and the certainty of belief

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The natural order of things as a basis for justice

There is a natural order of things.  Nature works because, it has its own system.  The most gigantic interaction of living and the nonliving makes up the system of nature.  In this system, there are many parts and subsystems.  We can discern, there is an order to the way all … Continue ReadingThe natural order of things as a basis for justice

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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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Extreme views: Seeing the world from the edges, or rooted in a view

The greater the sense of confusion grows, so grows the desperation to find answers.  Finding oneself unable to compete in a world of ever-growing divides, even those with experience find themselves thrown off-balance.  Falling down the slippery slopes of divided views, people find themselves secure at the very edges.  From … Continue ReadingExtreme views: Seeing the world from the edges, or rooted in a view

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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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Tested by our own beliefs

The idea of freedom is an illusion. Human beings have never been free. We are chasing illusions, and we serve those illusions. So how can a human who is capable of believing, ever be free? Our beliefs hold us captive! What is more, we need something to believe in to do anything. The words that come out of our mouth are out of belief that, those words will carry the same meaning to the listener. IF not, then silence becomes belief! … Read More >Tested by our own beliefs

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