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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An eye for potential vindicated through actions

The ability to perceive, and to look deeper than mere appearances is a truly wonderful gift. Deeper insight is in the very constitution of some from birth. For others, it can at best be a gained skill. While for the former it comes effortlessly and naturally, for the latter it … Continue ReadingAn eye for potential vindicated through actions

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Discovering optimistic individuals and their contribution to our world

In this interconnected modern world, there are possibilities like never before. The possibility of discovering optimistic individuals who can contribute positively to our world is definitely there. It is with optimism for such a possibility that enormous efforts have been made. From a local level to the global, this possibility … Continue ReadingDiscovering optimistic individuals and their contribution to our world

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John Steinbeck about understanding people

John Steinbeck is a great writer, as the Nobel committee seemed to have suggested. He answered the recognition in his own way. It is a pleasure even reading his quotes. As he says, understanding other people – that would seem rather obvious to be the cornerstone of communal living, of … Continue ReadingJohn Steinbeck about understanding people

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Solitude to sustain and nourish “The self”

The self is one of the earliest realities a person becomes aware of.  Right from the time a child is born, he becomes aware of his own self.  He senses and responds to his environment.  He feels hunger, pain, and also the pleasurable sensations of being held and fed.  In … Continue ReadingSolitude to sustain and nourish “The self”

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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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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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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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Bipolar disorder – the inner conflicts arising from trying to reconcile the Old and New Testament writings

Bipolar disorder has become the accepted name given to the manifest inner conflicts of disturbed individuals.  While there are questions and concerns over the diagnosis of bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness) itself, there are special considerations that arise as a person’s beliefs are considered.  The source of those beliefs also invariably … Continue ReadingBipolar disorder – the inner conflicts arising from trying to reconcile the Old and New Testament writings

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How to compete without being enemies?

It seems the most common of tendencies, and almost instinctive for us to compare ourselves with another.  We are competing in appearances, in words, in wealth, education, nation, or some other reason that human society has developed to put a division in the family.  Our comparisons produce envy and jealousy, … Continue ReadingHow to compete without being enemies?

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Does social networking encourage jumping to conclusions?

What is Jumping to conclusions? Jumping to conclusions (officially the jumping conclusion bias, often abbreviated as JTC, and also referred to as the inference-observation confusion[1]) is a psychological term referring to a communication obstacle where one “judge[s] or decide[s] something without having all the facts; to reach unwarranted conclusions”.[2][3] In other words, “when I fail … Continue ReadingDoes social networking encourage jumping to conclusions?

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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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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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