Individual

The basic human unit. The individual is the very beginning of all subsequent societies and governments. The individual is a manifestation of the Creator God. The individual is the physical manifestation of the sum of many ideas working together in a harmonious unit.

Why mentors and teachers are especially needed to counter extremism?

Mentors and teachers help others grow as a person
Mentors and teachers help others grow as a person

Mentors and teachers are a special gift to the 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 connected with how a person is able to connect with others to bring about their betterment.  Could this be achieved merely on the basis of academic excellence or having a vast storehouse of knowledge?  While those things certainly count, it is the concern and connection – the lighting up of the mind and heart – that fulfills the role of a mentor and teacher. (more…)

Finding belief in moderateness in the nuclear age

Nuclear energy has given life to earth
Nuclear energy has given life to earth

Nuclear technology is not bad in itself.  We have understood the sun and the stars, and in a way, have harnessed the same power to a lesser extent.  We have controlled fission, and are yet to understand ways to control fusion for peaceful purposes.  The insistence on using solar energy to fulfill the requirements for electricity is our next best option.  However, with the existing political situation regarding North Korea and the US, it is once again time to remember the old foe of mankind, the ongoing self-made threat of human intelligence.  What is it?  Yes, it is the existence of the knowledge and the means to build nuclear weapons.  The truly disconcerting fact is this: With so much power for annihilation, we have simultaneously existing, such poor leadership and judgment.  There is the legitimate basis for worry.  There is also the need for finding solutions.

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Is it possible to have development without taking sides?

Development through united effort is a choice
Development through united effort is a choice

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 any number of examples of this.  In a family, when the father, mother, and children are able to work together toward maintaining peace it helps everyone.  In a classroom of students, it only takes a few to disrupt the session for everyone.  Those who do are deprived of the answers, and those who wish to learn are also deprived of their opportunity.  Furthermore, it brings no joy to the teacher or lecturer to have to focus on disciplining some students and be distracted from teaching.  When a surgery is being performed, is that the time for nurses and doctors to have arguments over anesthesia or surgical instruments?  There are many examples which prove that success or development depends upon unity. (more…)

How compulsion and desperation are driving the conversation toward extremes

Conversation could liberate and empower if it has true power
Conversation could liberate and empower if it has true power

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 so?  The real reason has to be a concern for the other person, or on a larger scale, a concern for society.  When conversations emanate from such concern and are also able to provide hope to others, there is indeed the prospect of growth. (more…)

Curiosity and a spirit of adventure for those who seek answers, not absolute certainty

Curiosity and adventure take us forward
Curiosity and adventure take us forward

While it is very desirable to be able to come to a point of certainty, it is not always possible.  The rules we set, the goals we pursue, the desires we cherish could be examples of stable reasons for actions.  However, these too can change with time.  What appeared to be certain yesterday can appear to be on the verge of dubious, or at least open to questions.  In this situation, it is the willingness to be curious and being adventurous that can continue to help everyone.  There might not be an absolutely definite prospect of finding exactly what we seek, but we can find room for optimism.  This optimism has moved individuals and societies forward through times of great difficulties and change.  It can do the same today. (more…)

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