- Producer23/02/2017Spring“Spring is in the air.” I don’t know how many times I’ve heard that said. It’s right around the corner, yet I find myself contemplating just what that means outside of shedding those layers of clothing I enjoy so much. How did “Spring” come...
- Producer20/02/2017Baby DoeThis is a difficult piece for me. I remind myself every day that five children in the US will die today. Baby Doe already had her deathday. She is, for me, a poster-child for what happens when we deny the incredulous—parents and caretakers kill...
Comments20/02/2017 #7 🐝 Fatima WilliamsThis is very sad @Joyce Bowen An episode liked this happened hardly a week ago. A 7 year old Little girl Hasini was abused and killed out of fear Rather was burnt to her death by her neighbouring Boy 22 year old engineering very good looking student. ( Can be googled) Very depressing to hear. May her soul R.I.P and all little girls who had died cause of some heartless swines.
When I think of people who behave like this. I just want their brains to explode with some feelings or conscienceness of their actions. #Hopingforabetterworld20/02/2017 #5 Todd Jones#4 Worse than animals, these people. The lottery of birth is apparently no different for children than it is for a dog. I have been pushed to my limit of anguish today. My deepest respect for you, and the incredibly difficult toil of social workers that labor in the trenches of suffering every single day.
- Producer14/02/2017The PursuitThe pursuit was on. Equality of the contestants was not issue. Their goals were not the same. The stalker had in mind to catch her prey, who wanted only to escape. Survival was the issue here. The prey would do what it had to to survive....
Comments15/02/2017 #5 Praveen Raj Gullepalli#4 Well as a kid I performed the craziest of escapes to avoid a hair cut...chased half a mile across the neighbourhood by an uncle... even hid in a trunk half a day on one occasion...child's play can go either way! Sad to realise it was a misleading designation in your case though. And there goes the childhood!
- Producer13/02/2017My Story of AbuseWhat is the view of child abuse? I struggle with that question. I've found that child abuse survivors are viewed as damaged goods. I see pity in people’s eyes. I say, don’t see me and my ordeal—understand that there are children out there right...
Comments13/02/2017 #9 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#7 Last year there was a site called about.com and they had this facility called "collections", where you collect people under their interests - I thought the idea was brilliant and I ended up setting up 95 categories and had read and collected over +5000 profiles.
Then someone there decided that they were going to a new system and announced that in the "collections" pages will be scrapped. It was their site and their decision. This is how marketed human beings are - it has nothing to do with personal. They were not interested in what this media meant to people, it did not fit their business model and so employed a more simpler model of focusing on personal brand.
In noticing your fight it is not the first time I have come across people with your fighting spirit. At about.com I had come across over 20. Just like that the site was wiped clean of all collections, but not before I realized that some people dedicate their "work" to this form of seeking justice for others. Abuse does not start as canyons, it starts as tiny cracks.
What you write is tell your story, but what you actually do is fight for justice. That was the name of that collection I once had at about.com "fight for justice". I have zero respect today for about.com but plenty of respect for the stories of those people I encountered, people whose names I should have recorded but did not because I naively thought info on a cloud stayed there.13/02/2017 #6 CityVP 🐝 ManjitWhen I first found the web my curiosity revealed my naivety. The first niche social network site I joined was back in 1998 and the site called yoni.com and such was my naivety that even as I interacted in the discussions there, I did not know what a yoni was. The moment I saw what it was, I could not believe that I could not see it, it was just a case of OMG.
That OMG pales in comparison to one particular discussion I had. The discussion was about bulimia. As a naive individual I wanted to understand bulimia and why this condition of self-image effected women. One of the answers I received I was not ready for and even today the chill of the answer registers to my bone.
I was curious enough to initiate a private chat with one of the women who took part in this group. It is in this conversation that I both realized that I had ventured into something much bigger than me and that I was a million miles removed from.
I asked this woman about bulimia and explain what it was. I will never forget her answer. She told me that as a child her father asked her mother to hold her while the mother watched and he would thrust his penis into her mouth. If this isn't horrific enough, this woman was disabled and so was objectified as a thing by her parents.
This discussion group that discussed bulimia was a gathering place for women like her to share their humanity and not simply there misery, this was not a place where someone liked me belonged. What did I get from that woman is the hidden truth of what sits behind these conditions that we call bulimia. This was one woman's story about what happened to her. One is enough.
It is not bulimia I am talking about here it is abuse. Later I discovered the horrific accounts of disabled people to widespread abuse simply because they were disabled. Those that want meaning to be about work miss the meaning of home, they miss this.
- 13/02/2017@Eva Pérez Duque brought my attention to a problem of streetcalling in Latin America - it is not that I can solve it, but being aware of this means I can make one more person I know aware of it.Buenos Aires Wants to Outlaw Catcallswww.citylab.com Officials in Argentina, and beyond, are finally taking catcalls more...
- Producer12/02/2017TurmoilHe’s dead. She wondered how those words would feel rolling off her tongue: She toyed with them, letting them trickle through the screams drifting through her head. He’s dead. She looked at the silent form beside her: a boy lying on an...
Comments12/02/2017 #11 John ValledorArtists use colors on canvas in unique shades, patterns, and strokes to share and convey one-of-a-kind impressions. Joyce, your clever use of words--strung together uniquely, eloquently--conveyed an indelible image (impression) in my mind (the anonymous reader). I felt as if I was truly present in that emergency room--powerful. For me, that puts you on par with artists that create similar magic on canvas. #10
- 08/02/2017Cry…let the hero take a seat!donnaluisawordslayer.wordpress.com Mr. Achilles and my heel! I had to see a new doctor today for an evaluation. I’m just so tired of having to rehash November, 2014. I’d like to forget it. Every time I think I’ve...
Comments09/02/2017 #9 Donna-Luisa EversleyHahaha, trust you to make me feel on top of the world with a few strokes of the pen @Ken Boddie. Thank you. That outpouring was a mere hour after the visit, and it felt good after letting it out. A little vulnerability every now and then is cathartic .
So what have you gone and done with your back. Gymnastics and jumping off planes are for James Bond! I do hope you feel better soon. I like your thought of a series of tunnels. Thought at the end of one that was it, but they do persist. Its a good thing my melancholy state remains for very short infrequent periods :-) Thanks my friend #409/02/2017 #5 Devesh Bhatteither now or for times gone by,
If you hurt, you must cry.
Even tigers shed some tears.
When sly men attack with poisoned spears.
They cry for strength, live and endure.
A few days slow, he feasts on boar
Silly silly mashup translation
Cry a little. Smile a little. Have a feast.09/02/2017 #4 Ken BoddieYou asked if any of your post resonates with us. Well here I am, flat on my back in bed, recovering from food poisoning, and I've put my back out again. But hey, I'm stuck in a short tunnel and the light at the end is clear and bright. Sounds like your tunnel may be a bit longer and the light more difficult to see. Or else you've just come out of one tunnel to go into another. Just remember that every tunnel has a light at the end. Sometimes we may not know where it is yet but deep down we know it's there. And if that light happens to be a train coming towards you, step aside, count to ten, then move forward again. You can cry if you want. You can do anything you want. After all, you're DLE from T&T. 😀
- Producer06/02/2017Sunken Hopes and AttitudesIt is not only sunken costs; it is also sunken hopes, attitudes and senses that count more in my opinion. A sunk cost is a cost that has already been incurred and cannot be recovered. Sunken costs bring the idea of sunken time. A short story...
Comments21/02/2017 #62 Joyce Bowen@Ali Anani Oh so familiar. My journey through university was fraught with pitfalls of, "I want to be this because the money is good," or "I want to be that because it carries prestige." I've fallen back on my passion for writing. My old flame. For which I was trained. Sometimes, I think, it is better to rely on what the visions of others have for you.08/02/2017 #60 Jean L. Serio CPC, CeMAI am reminded of a wonderful quote from Maya Angelou, Ali, which seems apt: "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style." Also love the quote from Mohammed Sultan. As always, thanks for taking time to share, Ali.08/02/2017 #58 Mohammed Sultan#48 A recipe is not meant to be followed exactly Dear @Ali Anani a great cook can add a zest of this ,a drop or two of that a tiny pinch of the the other.Let the cook be guided with his senses ,his tongue and his eyes ,his nose,and his heart and be guided with his love of food and then he will be able to cook.Exactly the same when a CEO sees his market share is eroding ,he starts with strategic investigation of the internal pieces,the strategy ,the structure and the core skills and their alignment with the external factors.As a clever cook he may hire new people or lower price or use better or more advertising guided with his vision and his love to win and keep customers.08/02/2017 #56 Ali AnaniDear @Donna-Luisa Eversley- first- is this a new photo of yours? I like it and the optimistic smile is gorgeous.
You wrote "The man who has known the value of time is not the one who lives to the old age of a hundred, but the man who uses his time doing life his way and departs at the end of it all". Being in my age I tell you this is a great way of referring to age and I hope your next buzz shall be on expanding this lovely wisdom of yours. I greatly appreciate your comment. Thank you.08/02/2017 #55 Donna-Luisa EversleyHolding 'time' as precious will give a sense of the value of each moment. Everyone sinks below the surface and the cost of what is lost returns whenever faced with the inevitable fact that 'time ' cannot be replaced. The man who has known the value of time is not the one who lives to the old age of a hundred, but the man who uses his time doing life his way and departs at the end of it all. When diagnosed with an illness, many find the powerful reason to do all they never did, or will be able to do in the shortest possible 'time'.
I appreciate the value of your words presented in this post very very much @Ali Anani.. Thank you08/02/2017 #54 Ali Anani#53 My dear friend @siraj shaik- I can't express my gratitude for you. You are a wonderful spirit. I thank you and I am truly overwhelmed by your words. You see well all have the same words, but how to "cook" them with such great passion is what makes the difference. You made a very positive difference to me and coming from you makes the difference of a greater value.08/02/2017 #53 siraj shaik#49 Rather the expressed looks simple, but was it stringed made me to review @Mohammed Sultan's comment to learn and understand more of. Sir your articles are awesome carry content cannot skip any part, the words sentences and on whole are superb as well comments are a subject of good nectar, and to add-on along the shared comments (related to subject or diversified) takes one's attention.08/02/2017 #51 Emilia M. LudovinoWonderful piece as always my dear friend @Ali Anani. My favorite sentence - "Time once gone it goes forever. The irony is that we may increase sunken times by doing what we don't have passion for or that which doesn't trigger our curiosity." So much wisdom in this little nugget. Thank you my friend.08/02/2017 #48 Ali Anani#47 My comment may sound an off-shoot dear @Mohammed Sultan. You remind me of two ladies who have the same recipe, same age and come from same neighborhood. You give them the same recipe and the finished product is different. One cooks a smashing meal and the other a meal you can't taste twice. Your writing "business is like "cooking" and the use of robots is like extending the recipes of a "cookbook" will make the recipes available to everyone and can lead to production equity." was the reminder. Having a cookbook is great; greater if we do what we do with passion.07/02/2017 #47 Mohammed SultanThe main concern of many org is to be more efficient than their competitors in satisfying their customers need at a low cost as possible.If the goods can be produced automatically and repetitive work is done by robots many people will be put at stake of losing their jobs.However,to achieve an org internal balance at both levels ;strategic and operational org should keep fit and balance between using computers to collect big data and the ability of the creative managers to turn data into sound decisions.The ability of managers to solve problems while sitting in front of computer screens will elevate their feeling,imagination and creativity.
Success in business is relative and depends more on keeping fit and balance of excellence at both the strategic and the operational levels.Doing business is like "cooking" and the use of robots is like extending the recipes of a "cookbook" will make the recipes available to everyone and can lead to production equity.
The "sunk cost"of elevating creativity is in pushing org aggressively toward operational equity and strategic mediocracy.07/02/2017 #46 siraj shaik#42 The distance (gaps) or space (voids) is not generated by the machines and has nothing to do with automation or Robots, but humans are part of it, as some for reasons known to them and unknown to many are creating chaos directly or indirectly. Rather I rely on someone Once during early 1980's over small exchange of reviews with a person from Pennsylvania, USA as a teenager shared an opinion "if I am asked sure to say do the right workout there's potential positive returns using Robo-Support" (last time heard he is retired and moved to Atlanta or Alabama. Tried to get contact info so as to meet on way, still trying to get info of where about's). Either it can be any reason or for fun sake, with the trends easily it will be put into misuse. But there's a feel someone are doing right research after early 1990's and working into it, and pace might have increased within a decade. And they will be curtain raisers capturing the markets.
- Producer05/02/2017The 6 Toxic Beliefs That Makes Your Life DifficultThe thing that makes your life difficult is produced in your mind, it controls you and make problems manifest into your experience. If you do not collapse and let go of your toxic beliefs, it will continue to control you, produce the cycle of...
- 03/02/2017I really dig the fascinating story and life journey of Dave Mustaine, and this documentary about Megadeth is one I found deeply enlightening., like all great media it is not at all about what I am watching but that it leaves me thinking where documentary and one's life inform each other - thus redefining what I personally mean when I express the word "AFFINITY" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJQ5m3bdWhMegadeth I own nothing. Property of Dave Mustaine and Megadeth. Property of VH1 and VH1 Classic. Property of Megadeth com Property of Metal...
- 02/02/2017Sometimes I say to myself "just shut up and observe" and then having observed, take a deep breath and honour what it is you have seen. The play Wit by Margaret Edson is to observe that which I would not wish upon my worst enemy - the experiences from cancer treatmentThe Play Wit- 2001 (Margaret Edson) Wit by Margaret...
- Producer15/11/2016Love hurtsIt's Care-giver month again....think I'll have a nap. Don't get me wrong - for other carers, I care. I'm sure they do a stellar job and remain blissful, serene and contented. Well done!Alas, I'm the other type: bemused, confused and cranky with it!...
Comments02/02/2017 #17 Lisa VanderburgI am humbled at your considered understanding and empathy, Sir! You've clearly identified this 'dance' we're in - a little like the film 'They shoot horses, don't they'; we're both fairly knackered and probably should be melted down for soap:) I spent a few years writing about the med side of PD, but it sort of seems a little like I've run out of words for the time being. For my hubby who puts up with my endless crap, we have a lot of laughs based on the British-way-of-caustic-wit: sarcasm. That gets us through!
Thank you kindly @CityVP 🐝 Manjit for adding those links; especially that righteous video! I'm grateful!02/02/2017 #16 CityVP 🐝 ManjitIt altered my view of love when I first visited England and saw my aunt as a carer and all that she had to do to look after my uncle whose Parkinson's steadily got worse. Over successive years I learned how unforgiving Parkinson's is. It was made even more tough because my uncle was a naturally a fiercely independent man, who found it difficult to be subjected to loss of control.
I tried looking after him for just one day - one day when I discovered to experience life living in my aunt shoes and by the days end I was exhausted, and it was beyond me how she did this day in day out - how can observing this not alter my view of what love is.
The luxury I had is that I was there on a business trip and I got to get back home. Through this buzz I am learning for the first time highly detailed interventions. I checked out DBS, RBD and PLDM
DBS = http://www.parkinson.org/understanding-parkinsons/treatment/surgery-treatment-options/Deep-Brain-Stimulation
PLDM = http://www.mountain-sleep.com/index.php/sleep-disorders/plmd-rls
So the gravity of the words "Still, my beloved – the one I choose to love daily" is that much more powerful to absorb.
The carer is not spared but can fight back in small ways and it is a privelege to have read this buzz, for the creativity and spirit, as also shown in this video "Parkinsons is a Thief" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InFY3s-UgY016/11/2016 #14 Cyndi wilkins#7 The wave hit hard...an ocean of emotion...I'm still picking the seaweed out of my hair...But I'm getting there;-) Yeah, that whole sickness and in health thing isn't all it's cracked up to be...Don't get me wrong...I love, honor and respect the kind of love that it takes to be a care giver...But sometimes it hurts like hell...experiences like this will awaken that sleeping dragon in anyone...I suppose if it were easy, there would be no lesson in it...We are all our own greatest teachers...sending you LOVE:-)16/11/2016 #11 Lisa Vanderburg#10 I hear you, @Irene Hackett! It seems wimmin are bent to this role; God love the male care-givers, but they are a rarer breed....must be the anticipation thing; we corral wobbling toddlers and crashing kids, so it's just an ergonomic problem :) Just for laughs: my father died in 2010 - I had been assisting my step-mother in his care. It was my night - his last. He was his usual cranky self (not in pain, mercifully) and was struggling to get out one side of the bed which was blocked, while I tried to steer him to the other side. He got so mad he had his final event. His last words were, 'oh SHUT UP woman!!'15/11/2016 #8 Lisa Vanderburg#5 You called it dead to rights, @Deb 🐝 Helfrich! It crept up slowly - all this....mayhem. I think I have come to terms with my 'lot'. I have no illusions as to what the future holds, so I set my eyes on the goal: to be in control when the proverbial really hits the fan! After that, I imagine no more - it's not of consequence. That's not a sentimental statement or plan, it's merely the truth! To think my sister (years back) used to believe in reincarnation - ha! I'd say to her, 'who in their right mind would want to come back to this world of pain??' But I could think of less-lived lives!15/11/2016 #7 Lisa Vanderburg#6 Good Lord @Cyndi Wilkins - I am so very sorry for your angst. I can totally empathise when you say, ''The only saving grace for me is that he also suffers dementia and has no memory of what has happened to him...'' You HAD to put him in a nursing home: you had no choice, and I hope you're not still beating yourself up for that. I have the dubious benefit of having to care for my spouse until 'death do us part'. That gives me the onus to be both pit-bull and dragon for him (the upside :) ), and I apologise in advance for those that will feel my wrath should they ignore or neglect my charge! The lines are just too bleary when it's your parent - it warms my heart though; you're clearly mutual love.15/11/2016 #6 Cyndi wilkins"But I’ll tell you what’s exhausting: anticipation. To have to be on full-alert for when he’s going to ‘go’ (potential fall), to know when he’s going to crash into something or other requires a fair amount of following like a guard-dog." Oh dear Lisa....I feel this soooooo profoundly right now...I've been living this nightmare of dragons and demons ever since I found my dad one morning several weeks ago like a turtle on his back in the bath tub...He had a stroke as he was making his way to the bathroom in the night and fallen over...I thank God every day that he was still conscious and not severely injured, however the stroke took it toll...After several weeks of trying desperately to care for him at home I have had to make the heart wrenching decision to put him in a nursing home...The emotional backlash is like being dragged into an undertow and not being able to surface for air...The only saving grace for me is that he also suffers dementia and has no memory of what has happened to him...My heart goes out to you.15/11/2016 #5 Deb 🐝 HelfrichFrom my humble perspective, embodying the dragon, for your own good, is the most sane approach. Get thee to someone who can begin to comprehend. It is isolating trying to explain something that is inexplicable.
And self-care! I see the challenge so clearly. The need for vigilance. But that very vigilance is actually probably part of what created the situation to begin with. It will be reflected back on you at the most poignant of moments. After caring for weeks non-stop, the slightest diversion of focus will result in some sort of catastrophe either physical, or much, much worse, the allegation that insinuates that you have been selfish.
In a very tiny, miniscule way, I can identify the cycle with my puppy days. It wasn't the damage to the objects being chewed so much as the inability to see chewing and swallowing as harmful that ravages the companion's mind, which is walking its own tightrope of sleep depravation. Wondering if there are any puppy-proofing sorts of options in your vastly more complex scenario?
Caring about you from afar!15/11/2016 #3 Lisa Vanderburg#1 Oh, I am touched by your words and your wisdom my friend, @Ali Anani! I am so far from a super-anything, I look at amoebas in awe :)
Life is one long prat-fall; a losing battle with decrepitude. It's the same for everyone - those with chronic disease (especially neurodegenerative) just KNOW they're losing earlier. Borrowing from your pensive and beautiful buzz, Adaptations to Emotional Flooding, I just have a little root-rot!15/11/2016 #1 Ali AnaniI am deeply touched by your buzz @Lisa Vanderburg. Your story is full of anticipation and I understand fully your saying that anticipation makes us edgy. I almost "melted" like an ice cube while reading " I have strong opinions, but clearly more lily-livered about my own set of values, because the lines keep changing or blurring. They didn’t always. If it appears I’m describing a stranger; we’re getting closer"! This is a deep description of many of us and I am not sure I could ever expose my feelings so eloquently and creatively. I wonder how do you make the time to write and comment. You are a super human.
- Producer29/01/2017Surrendering to CourageWe belongThis was written a number of weeks ago, and maybe its the time to be published. Right now 'courage' is needed more than before in my lifetime and maybe yours. I have a vested interest in this world, and so do you. We live here. We breathe...
Comments04/02/2017 #46 🐝 Fatima Williams" You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face " #quoteunknown
But this is what comes to my mind when I read this buzz. I see a women challenging fear and who has gained confidence, courage and a beautiful soul every step moving forward. #bebeesforver :)04/02/2017 #45 Sushmita Thakare Jain#44 Ohh my my...i'm missing out on wonderful posts out here...
Well all face the Courage in some form or the other each day
I connect with you emotinally, its difficult to find your Courage and surrender to it...but thats required...
Thank you for tagging me in...📝01/02/2017 #38 Brian McKenzieThere is no money in Peace - if there was; that would be breaking out everywhere. Fear and Low Info are the payday for Money and Power - and they have been that way for Millennia. It will not change in our life time. The current color revolutions in play by Soros & Clinton prove that. It's a recipe as old as Marx - too bad too few care to read it. Too bad so many still crave and love the Pavlovian Kibble.01/02/2017 #37 Lisa 🐝 GallagherMy grandfather served in WWI- just not to date myself too much, I had a much older grandfather. My other grandfather served during WWII and my dad during the Korean War. They all signed up voluntarily, so I came from a family of strong men, sadly they all left too soon. It was my mother who raised 5 children on a mealy wage that inspired me to dream, anything is possible and to never give up. Times have been tough lately. I have been more silent because my brain is trying to heal. But, in numbers there is strength and I/WE shall prevail! PS: Marches coming up, speaking of strength in numbers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/progressivearmy/events/ Thanks @Donna-Luisa Eversley01/02/2017 #35 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsBeing the daughter & sister of service men who faced 'the enemy' in Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf, the former wife of a police officer and a single mother for my daughter's entire life, I can say this; courage is love in it's purest form. We can try to separate them, but they are one and the same. I did not see myself as courageous for being a single mother because I love my daughter so much there is nothing I won't do, nothing I won't sacrifice for her well-being and happiness.
When my brother left this earth I was his executor and supervised all the funeral arrangements. A cousin came up to me at the services and whispered: "You're the strongest person I've ever met". I wasn't strong., I wanted to scream at everything and everybody, BUT, my brother had suffered mentally and emotionally his entire life and because of this many looked down on him. I was going to make damn sure that his passing was seen as a great loss to us, because it was. Courage is love. Love will give you the strength of 10.30/01/2017 #31 Aleta CurryThank you for this reminder, @Donna-Luisa Eversley. I believe in courage; I've seen it in action. I won't piggy-back on your post, so I'll save the story for another day, but I know what's in us and I believe humans summon up the best when their backs are to the wall.30/01/2017 #30 Laura MikolaitisA timely and relevant buzz @Donna-Luisa Eversley. One of my favorite quotes about courage: "“Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow.” ~ Mary Anne Radmacher. I love this quote because courage does come in all shapes and sizes, and it resides within us even when we don't realize that it is there. We are presented with circumstances and challenges every step of the way so I believe that courage definitely plays a part in helping us along the way. Lately, for me, it has been that little voice at the end of the day. Thanks for a lovely piece of writing and reflection, Donna.
- Producer23/01/2017Jallikattu seems cruel today, car racing might tomorrowIn the struggle for animal rights, we need to make allowances for other people’s views and ways of life Could you, in a moment of anger, smash your phone — an ordinary call-or-text phone—against a wall? Would it be ‘cruelty’ to the phone?...
Comments26/01/2017 #3 CityVP 🐝 ManjitI know that this is a big news story in India right now because my parents said I MUST watch an Indian news story about bullfighting and I have far too much to keep up with western media without paying attention to a news program in Hindi, a language my parents understand but I barely comprehend at the level of basic Hollywood.
Now after reading this, I now know why they were so fervent that I pay attention to this news story, which I still cannot as far as Indian news media is concerned, because Indian news media have decided to be CNN but much worse, much much worse. The constant repetition, the weird music, the heightening of dramatic effects and that CNN kind of soundbites printed or scrolling.
So now I have finally learned about "Jallikattu". In finding out more I was pleasantly pleased to discover the quality of Indian journalism that I found in a website called The Wire. This is the complete antithesis of the so called "news reporting" conducted on Indian news networks on Cable TV. What I liked about The Wire is that presents both sides :
Banning Jallikattu Will Decimate India’s Indigenous Cattle Breeds By Himakiran Anugula
Jallikattu is Nothing But Animal Abuse and Machismo, Packaged as Tamil Culture and Tradition By Anonymous
At times like this it makes me wonder if my parents had not emigrated, what kind of villager would I be if I was born in India? That is what I will contemplate as I head towards we keep our cow in the kitchen, in the fridge and it is called the "milk jug".23/01/2017 #1 🐝 Fatima Williams#Wellsaid A sport that's been held for over 2500 years should not die ! As the animals even Humans are injured in the sport. That comes with the game. Safety measures can be imposed not such laws that abhor people's tradition and culture ! Jallikattu is not just important from a cultural point of view but is more important from a farmer's point of view as it helps in preservation of native breeds.
- Producer26/01/2017Symptoms of DepressionIt is now 20 years ago that Steve jumped from the rooftop of the office building in Frankfurt, Germany.My colleague AND friend, Steve (Dr. Steve R.), was an extraordinarily good Management Consultant. Even though he did not speak German, his...
Comments27/01/2017 #20 Aurorasa Sima#16 I can relate to how you felt. Sorry to hear you went through this.
Back then I read a book written by the mother of Nancy (Nancy & Sid Vicious - a pretty crazy punk couple and in the end Sid killed Nancy).
One would have thought she would be mad at Sid, call murder etc.
Not at all. She explained that Nancy had a death wish since birth and made him kill her. Her theory was that at birth the umbilical cord was wrapped around Nancy´s neck, leaving the brain a few seconds without oxygen.
I am not saying I believe the theory (I don´t know ... could probably be), but it made me think that we are not responsible if someone is missing the very essence of life, the wish to be alive.
It would be different if we know someone is being stalked or bullied and we don´t help them.27/01/2017 #17 Aurorasa Sima#13 I knew that doctors, who are under a lot of stress, often use drugs or are alcoholics.
Personally, I don´t believe in psychiatry very much, at least not the way it is often practiced. I believe in neuroscience. Psychology is a very judgemental craft and I am not sure that that does not cloud your vision. But, again, personal opinion.
The higher suicide rate does not surprise me. For one, your job choice says a lot about you and secondly being exposed to death and disease all day long, forced to act as a profit center must be challenging beyond my imagination.27/01/2017 #16 Claire 🐝 Cardwell@Aurorasa Sima - v. perceptive article as always. I had a friend that committed suicide several years ago. He was quiet for a long time and then suddenly seemed to burst back into life. That last weekend we spent with him was amazing. He even made plans to meet up the following week. I felt guilty for a long time for missing the signs.....26/01/2017 #13 CityVP 🐝 ManjitDepression is such a huge monster with an unpredictable wingspan that even the medical fraternity are struggling to understand it, other than find means of alleviating moods through drugs, which themselves can worsen the situation. Both Robin Williams and David Foster Wallace took drugs which at times elevated rather than alleviated their depression.
The most curious finding for me is that physicians have a higher rate of suicide than the general population and doctors with depression is not something we think about, and so it is humbling to read this New York Times account :
Medical Student Distress and the Risk of Doctor Suicide
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/07/health/views/07chen.html26/01/2017 #12 Aurorasa Sima#10 It´s not easy in these times where everyone runs after deadlines and nobody has time to look close at others. Now I understand that the happiness of his last weeks meant that Steve made the decision to go. It might be possible to realize someone can use support when he has more than one symptom. One alone .. I don´t think you can tell. Thanks for reading, Pascal. I should have expected you on my darkest post yet.26/01/2017 #11 Aurorasa Sima#5 Well ... it´s a billion dollar industry. At least in the US and Germany, the countries I lived in, many people don´t get paid for healthy people.
I am convinced that, with the exception of acute suicide danger, the pills and psycho-pharma do more harm than good. Enough research backs this thesis up. I am also convinced that many doctors and psychiatrist know this.
I believe that you are very correct. It´s a disease (or disorder) so many people don´t understand. Depressed people don´t have runny noses or a sour throat. Nothing we can relate to or we have experienced before. "Cheer up" "get your act together". How could they not feel alienated ... especially when they don´t even understand themselves.26/01/2017 #7 Aurorasa Sima#2 Like my comment #1. I can only try to imagine how someone must feel to come to the conclusion the world is better off without him. I don´t think you can truly understand it if you are lucky and have never suffered from depression.
Thank you for sharing that, Lisa. It must have been a horrible feeling. I understand that you felt guilty, even if it is not our fault. Just like we cannot detect if someone has a cirrhotic kidney.
It´s probably true that we should take more time to look out for other people, especially our friends. I hope my post did not bring up too painful memories, Lisa.26/01/2017 #6 Aurorasa Sima#1 You are perfectly right. Thank you for your comment. As a protective measure of our brain, we are not able to imagine all terrible things. We can listen to someone who tells us how he nearly died in a fire. We can imagine it was scary. We cannot understand the feeling. We can explain the concept of colors to a blind person. He will not understand what seeing colors is like.
We can´t understand how a depressed person feels and how the fight and resilience your rightfully recommend in your comment get washed away by the disease.26/01/2017 #5 Devesh BhattThe catch is how do we deduce the symptoms.
I have personally experienced people being driven to depression because society /doctors/family were persistent that the person is depressed, slowly self doubt creeped in and the person actually became depressed.
Depressed people do depressing things.
Often by misquoting the trigger of depression, people get depressed that no one understands them, hence they are a misfit.
Why do people mask depression? They supress and supress and when they finally let the load out it is spontaneous and may seem incoherebt. They do try revealing it makes it worse for them.26/01/2017 #4 CityVP 🐝 ManjitDavid Foster Wallace wrote a piece called The Depressed Person. David Foster Wallace was a genius of a writer, hailed as one of the 20th Century's greatest American writers. David Foster Wallace had serious depression. David Foster Wallace took his own life - unable to bear the depth of his depression.
This is a poignant buzz, not simply because even a great thinker can succumb but a little more awareness is good for all of us. http://harpers.org/wp-content/uploads/HarpersMagazine-1998-01-0059425.pdf26/01/2017 #2 Lisa 🐝 GallagherThanks for posting this @Aurorasa Sima, depression leading to suicidal thoughts or suicide is very real. I'm not sure when the mind crosses from 'People would be better off without me, to- I'm OK with this, I am doing everyone a favor and relieving the pain I can't escape." I had a friend who committed suicide over 10 years ago, I didn't see the signs until after he was gone either. He sent me an email 15 mins before he took his life. It left me with a lot of guilt.26/01/2017 #1 Mohammed A. JawadNever accept defeat with hardships and agony in life . Accepting defeat is like embracing depression.
Let come what comes. You have to shun depression, at critical and tough times. Yes, you have to be realistic and courageous, with unfaltering determination and passion. Getting distracted by deviations is vain.
Be simple, possess excellent character, and at the same time, harbor a strong will power coupled with patience, and at times, be far-sighted with your vision, actions and expectations. Aha…you will be an influential person!
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Comments02/02/2017 #67 Preston 🐝 Vander VenA great analogy of a difficult time in life is like a fire. It can be used for something of beauty or it can be ignored. Imagine a difficult time in life as an obstacle that we learn from. When we do this, you and I are like Silver or Gold put into the fire. Yes, it hurts, but through this learning process we can be refined stronger and more pure. We learned from our mistake and now we can move on.
If we choose to ignore that the difficulty exist's or play the "Blame Game", it can run wild and destroy everything in our path.26/01/2017 #64 Mohammed SultanDifficult times always reveal the "teachable moments" from which you should benefit..Do't use the word mistake but talk about the challenge.When you do a mistake but you do't learn the lesson you are going to be passed over even if you are in the right track.To be strong means your attitude will always be aligned to creating opportunities rather than solving problems.Doing mistakes but learning from them will even make you stronger and when you become stronger, you will be looked at as a "guarantee" of being responsible rather than casting blame.25/01/2017 #58 Graham🐝 Edwards"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." - Teddy Roosevelt25/01/2017 #57 Renée 🐝 Cormier"There are no problems; only solutions." My former boss used to say this all the time. It resonated with me because it is true. Every challenge in life is only as challenging as we perceive it to be. If you focus on moving forward, you will realize you never really had a problem. Life is all about the choices we make. Choose solutions over problems, positivism over negativity, progress over stagnation, happiness over misery...25/01/2017 #56 Mohammed SultanEverybody can be strong- that's easy; but to be strong to rapidly bounce back from failure and see an opportunity in every setback and to be optimistic in a sea of bad news ,that's not within the strength of everyone and is not easy.Thank you @Javier beBee or sharing such inspirational quotes.
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- Producer07/01/2017On the Limits of Free ExpressionWE MAY ALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO FREELY EXPRESS IDEAS AND OPINIONS BUT IS ANYONE OBLIGATED TO LISTEN, LET ALONE ANSWER ...The issue of what is and what isn't acceptable expression on social media comes up frequently, particularly on platforms such as...
Comments23/01/2017 #85 Donna-Luisa Eversley@Phil Friedman had a slower read of this super post and find it even more relevant today in a broader sense than when you first published. I appreciate my freedom of speech more now than ever before. I even appreciate my freedom of choice to listen, respond , follow and engage with others worldwide, many of whom must be guarded in their own responses, for fear of possible reprisals. Social media may bring us closer as units of this world but it also makes it a lot easier to divide us all.
Just thinking out loud while reading :-)09/01/2017 #82 Phil Friedman#80 Excellent simile, Pascal. It's where I've finally arrived after several years. 1) On MY posts I speak my mind. If you come onto my post to comment, then expect that I will respond. If you don't want that, don't come to the comments on MY posts. And let's drop the "Phil's a meany and started it all when he hit me back." 2) I am making an extra effort to respect the sensitivities of others these days by not making critical comments on the posts of others unless a) I've been invited to comment by a tag or a shout out, or b) I have an established relationship with the author of the post and know he or she will accept the critical comment for what it is. 3) I leave it to management to eject rowdy, obnoxious fellow-customers — although I personally prefer that management exercise that prerogative sparingly. Thanks for joining the conversation. You make a lot of sense, as usual.09/01/2017 #80 Pascal DerrienI was thinking in very practical terms that social media is you do what you want in your own house, you respect other users in a public park and the management reserves the right to admission to the restaurant providing you comply with basic rules of engagement otherwise you can be escorted out thru the exit door... :-)09/01/2017 #78 Phil Friedman#76 Donna-Luisa, you are, I think, correct. There is always a tension between a desire for intellectual engagement and the need to protect oneself from emotional predators.
To my mind, "trolls" almost always fall into the latter category. For they literally draw sustenance from the negative emotional energy they elicit. And in some cases, it becomes a game of King of the Hill -- which is why it is so distressing to them to be ignored.
As true bullies, they've learned as well that making people uncomfortable frequently gets the what they want, in a recreation of buy-the-bully-off, otherwise known as the Stockholm Syndrome. As always, thank you for you insight and thoughtful comments. Cheers!09/01/2017 #77 Phil Friedman#75 Mohammed, thank you for reading and commenting. I understand your concern and the moral imperative which you recommend. And I have sometimes been able to act in accord with it -- in several instances using tolerance and playfulness to draw out a supposed troll into communicating openly without a hidden agenda, and becoming part of the community.
In some few cases it works, and is gratifying But most times it doesn't. Because, I 've concluded, such people usually do not want to join a community. For they truly lack empathy and see others as objects to be used. And are most times, are best ignored.09/01/2017 #76 Donna-Luisa Eversley@Phil Friedman I have noted your efforts to ignore being baited and found one individual quite upset and persistent by your lack of response on one of your posts. I was confused initially about why you did not respond as it became creepy and obsessive. It was interesting to watch, but also uncomfortable. I am guilty at times of really shying away from negativity which is offensive. However, I have learnt in 2016 that I don't need to read or respond to anyone I choose not to engage with. Your discussion on free speech matters , because it is critical to deffrentiate between trollish behavior and an opinion of disagreement. The lines seem blurred on what offends sometimes, and it can be quite subjective. My only fear and concern is we lose when all thoughts mirror our own and there is no yin to yang. Disagreement can protect against fake or fraudulent information dispensed via social media by psudeo experts. Quite an interesting discussion and much needed.09/01/2017 #75 Mohammed Sultan@ Phil Friedman.Fruity trees are always thrown by stones.You either ignore the troll or support him.Those irrational people are acting emotionally ,so they need to be understood and supported until they balance their emotion with reason.In the workplaces there's many who are trolling others ideas because no body listened to their ideas.We always advice companies not to suppress their views or get them blamed for their behavior because they are often me - too people.Their capabilities depends more on their feelings ,emotions and hidden knowledge rather than relationships with others.Show them the glint of light on their broken heart after they had trolled.Kant the French philosopher said "In how a man is guilty,who he violates the rights of others,in ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing this." Phil, patience is a true sign of authenticity that provides you with the energy to go further.09/01/2017 #72 Phil Friedman#71 Thanks, Franci, for reading and joining the conversation. For the most part, I agree with your summary. I am moved, however, to caution everyone about the too-free use of sanctions. In the matter of freedom of expression, I think it is always better on social media to err on the side of being too liberal, and use official sanctions only when it is obvious that the issue cannot be cleared up by the free reigning interactions of the community. Cheers and best wishes to you for the new year 2017.09/01/2017 #71 Franci🐝Eugenia HoffmanThank you for your professional approach to freedom of expression, Phil. Perhaps, a fragile subject but one worthy of being addressed. We can agree and we can disagree (not referencing you and me, per se), and that's fine because if we didn't we would be complacent and drab souls. If we don't test the waters, then we don't know which way the river flows.
IMO, your post is more about freedom of speech than trolls. And it is about writers: those who use written words in various styles and techniques to communicate their ideas.
And it is about listeners(commenters) and their freedom of expression. Both the writer and listener(commenter) should be respected and show respect, as well.
With that said, relating specifically to beBee we have a gift at our fingertips where we can meet, greet, engage, discuss and have freedom of expression and freedom of listening(commenting). I feel it ours to use, but not abuse and not let anyone else abuse it, as well. @Javier 🐝 beBee has proven that abuse will not be tolerated, which is one of the reasons I'm proud to be a bee.
To sum up, my rambling, IMO, it boils down to respect.
Buzz on and be the best you can bee.08/01/2017 #68 Anonymous#66 @Phil Friedman, This is the one of the key aspects necessary for sustainable development of any social network. Unpleasant experiences and unrealistically high expectations and hopes, in contact with other people on social media, should not cause disappointment and loss of faith in humanity, kindness and the importance of helpfulness.08/01/2017 #67 Phil Friedman#62 Tetyana, thank you for commenting. I cannot speak to the charge that there are paid professional trolls on social media, who are agents of various governments, and that such agents use complaints and reporting functions to silence critics of their masters. But I can see that it is definitely a danger. Which is why it is so important to protect the rights of the minority to speak freely against any possible tyranny of the majority. And to make sure that the reporting function is not used unfairly as a tool of repression. Cheers!08/01/2017 #66 Phil Friedman#57 #61 Milos and David, in the main, I agree with both of you. David makes an important point: It is critical to avoid allowing the reporting functions from being used as tools of retaliation and vendetta. The only way to accomplish that is to assure that every complaint is properly investigated before action is taken against the user being reported. As well, I think it important to understand that simply not liking or being made uncomfortable by what somebody says is NOT, nor should it be sufficient for having that person's account closed down. Freedom of expression has primarily to do with protecting the rights of the minority (or less powerful in the situation) from the overbearing power of the majority (or the more powerful in the situation).
I think it should also be recognized that some bees might be upset by what some users say, but that in itself is not sufficient to squelch the speaker's free expression. I was aghast recently by reading a comment by a beBee user that lauded some of Hitler's ideas. And so I muted that bee, and when the block function goes live, I will block that person as well. However, I would not want that person's account closed down simply because I found the remark offensive and unacceptable. For that would itself do more damage to free expression than the objectionable remark itself.
I think Milos lays out some useful criteria in intention, form, and function. And I believe further that a balanced objectivity must be maintained.
That said, I for one trust @Javier beBee and the beBee administration to act with care and good judgment, as has been amply evidenced to date. Cheers!08/01/2017 #65 Anonymous"Philanthropy"
"1. The effort or inclination to increase the well-being of humankind, as by charitable aid or donations.
2. Love of humankind in general.
3. Something, such as an activity or institution, intended to promote human welfare."
- From thefreedictionary.com (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Philantropy)
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Comments07/01/2017 #5 Ali AnaniDear @debasish majumder- nothing turns people blind as much as greed in my opinion. We see it everywhere such as the sock markets worldwide where greed drives people to great losses. Greed that says me only and if I win and others lose it is ok. So, this part of your poem resonated strongly with me
Only impregnated with mere greed
Is it containing any holy essence?
Where greed is rudimentary in its presence
Why we only trigger to develop brand
What is exactly grand, apart from gross errant?07/01/2017 #4 CityVP 🐝 ManjitDebasish I discovered that I was born with a personal brand gag reflex. Lately I was doing so well after a few decade finally trying to embrace this reality that we are all branded property, and now having read this I have fallen back to square one again.
It all began with a Tom Peters article back before the age of 40 https://www.fastcompany.com/28905/brand-called-you because there was something intrinsically wrong with comparing our lives as something that Procter and Gamble or Unilever would sell.
Brand was great for product that is until we all officially became product courtesy of "Brand You".
- 31/07/2016This is a gift received from @Gerald Hecht who alerted me to a book that captured his attention. What was salient to him is now salient to me, and in this 40 minute talk by the books Author David Kessler, he shows what can capture us and why salience matters. Kessler's book is "Capture: Unraveling the Mystery of Mental Suffering" but it goes well beyond understanding mental suffering - his 40 minute speech sets up a demo of why Gerry finds this practitioner so compelling - and having listened to David Kessler, whether he brings David Foster Wallace or John Belushi as examples, he gets to capture that is harmful but also how we capture - which is diverse. Fascinating find, and my thanks to Gerald Hecht for quoting Kessler and making it clear to me that this is a writer well worth diving into as a longform capture.David Kessler Discusses [Capture]www.c-span.org Former FDA Commissioner David Kessler discusses his book, [Capture: Unraveling the Mystery of Mental Suffering], about causes of irrational...
Comments01/08/2016 #10 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#9 The great plan was for me to write a buzz about Disruption of Thinking - a buzz by @Ali Anani and I ended up today with an appreciation of Kessler and now how it is we learn - a productive day indeed and proof that neurons that fire together, wire together" Next is a quick check on my visiting grandsons and then the buzz I had originally planned to write - but this is great stuff !!! https://www.bebee.com/content/698387/69634331/07/2016 #6 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#5 Dear Melissa, I treat a great book as a book we can grow with over time and not something we read cover to cover and say "OK got it!" and that is the spirit I shall buy this book. Ultimately it is a book about health and what gets us back into flow - and having now heart Kessler speak he addressed the state of being out of flow better than I have ever heard and more importantly, like great academicians he has researched well and is doing what healthcare still does not get - that health is holistic and not something we can operate on and replace as organs of organization. I am mighty glad I found @Gerald Hecht praise for this thinker [David Kessler] is well deserved. It is not for me to say how others read or do not read this book - my declaration here is that I find this work a difference maker - and this is how I run with things and in so doing find the enriching kind of flow in my own life. IMHO "Capture" here is that which puts us out-of-flow. I can see Melissa that you are in flow with your words "looks like this one just found me". As you can see by comment it found me too.31/07/2016 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#1 From the Kate Sharper link I have jumped to his NPR interview http://thedianerehmshow.org/audio/#/shows/2016-04-11/david-kessler-capture-unraveling-the-mystery-of-mental-suffering/112364/ View more#1 From the Kate Sharper link I have jumped to his NPR interview http://thedianerehmshow.org/audio/#/shows/2016-04-11/david-kessler-capture-unraveling-the-mystery-of-mental-suffering/112364/ run time is 48 minutes. Even without having Diane Rehm available in this interview, Kessler quotes Rehm during the interview in relationship to capture, which means he has prepared specially for this NPR interview. As he says capture is about all of us. If people miss what he is saying, they don't know what they are missing - perhaps they remain captured or do not want to make the effort to access meaning. If they can't make the effort to listen to a podcast or read this book, they may not possess the readiness necessary or is the precursor to want to overcome the capture that has now gone deep - as Kessler said, beyond the medical profession not understanding this, each individual has to make the effort to overcome the grooves laid down by our own individual focus, desires and what we find flow that transforms into negative effects. I am interested in the psychology of flow and Kessler fills in a great missing jigsaw in that. I found Mihaly Cziksentimahyli a massive find and what I am hearing from Kessler now absolutely builds on this and my own understanding of flow. Close31/07/2016 #1 Gerald Hecht@CityVP 🐝 Manjit Thank you kindly for bringing this most important work to light... I've been trying to (even to perfect strangers on the street), since it was officially published several months ago...with zero success (probably because I wasn't getting paid to do so, which technically makes me someone who is obviously not a professional or an expert); I think his publisher should pay us! Of course, it doesn't matter, actually... I kind of like having little secrets 👁 https://katesharpernews.wordpress.com/2016/03/20/book-of-the-week-capture-david-a-kessler-m-d/
- 26/12/2016Dulce Pontes - Lagrima ....nao te quero, eu digo que nao te quero, y de noite, de noite sonho comtigo...(...I don't love you, I say I don't love you, and at night I dream of...
Comments26/12/2016 #1 CityVP 🐝 ManjitProfound depth and a beautiful voice and composition. It represents for me the profound nature of experience, where sadness and the things in life we die to are not a death but a becoming and a humanity within us, that shape wisdom if we are capable of knowing this depth and where we have the courage or capacity to grow from the sensitivity of our own experiences.
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Comments21/12/2016 #45 Praveen Raj Gullepalli#44 Good narrative however. But I never cease to be stymied at the fact that so few...sometimes just one individual...can do /does so much damage while the millions and billions of others...with righteousness on their side, and so much collective strength, allow such damage to be done. Of course they do have their reasons but the fact remains.21/12/2016 #43 Harvey Lloyd#41 No i really don't have much to comment to the religious aspects of the comment. Our spiritual journey is our own and yes i have a spiritual leader but it is not necessary for you to agree or disagree. I guess the focus of my comment was that mankind will decide its own fate.
I would rather die fighting for mankind than be drawn into a endless debate about who's fault it is. God or evolution may have created the world but, it is clear to me, we can make of it what we want. Those who profit from the debate of dichotomy's are the ones with the microphones. I am challenged by those who support their false arguments and join the herd. They will have made their riches and died while we suffer under their past ideals.21/12/2016 #42 Praveen Raj GullepalliI have always believed that it is the capricious, selfish blinded-by-reason Human that walks away or turns away from the Divine and not the other way around dear Pascal! And it is always the Human/s who empower another Human (actively or passively) to grow into a monster. By not acknowledging the right of all other Humans to live a dignified and happy life and supporting it forthright.21/12/2016 #41 Pascal Derrien#39 I think I like the analogy ''Many more will die in the fight of mankind'' and also that religion is a distraction comment. It would probably encompass what I was trying to say with my own words, indeed I was thinking that maybe the gods have abandoned us because they could not take anymore and maybe it has happened a long time ago and we did not even notice... now that's the hypothetical view from an atheist I have no faith no religion etc.. but I feel you may have a word or two on that one :-) last many thanks for a great directional comment :-) Harvey21/12/2016 #39 Harvey LloydI have watched this discussion from afar and seen the winding road of comments circle the true depth of your post, none to easy to comment directly. With respect and an open mind i would suggest that the true topic you discuss is that God has abandoned us as we look at the history of Man. If this is an inaccurate assessment of the post forgive the following comments.
Most religions, (I hate that word, but lack a better descriptor that groups the logical, of all beliefs.) offer man free will. Man is offered the design criteria pen of existence, if you will. From your post i sense you and i share that the design pen has been used more for those of power than for the masses.
If i were to convince 80% of the population that the tooth fairy was real through writings and teachings, would the evil of the world be caused by the tooth fairy?
I sell nothing here nor ask that you consider some form of faith. But would state to blame a god for what man has done ignores the very existence of success we seek in our lives. In essence we lack free will.
Many more will die in the fight of mankind. Some for their beliefs others because of their greed and still others because they rival another. But these will happen just like they have in the past, because man is exercising free will, while good men/women watch.
The God debate is a distraction while free will of individuals bent on various egregious activities to rule the world move forward. One need not believe in anything, but to exist we have to believe in each other. The God debate pits us against each other just like republican/democrat, majority/minority and many other polarizing divide and conquer strategies.
You exist, they exist and I exist. We must learn to do it together and identify those who stretch their, very human, free will to enslave us all. Power comes from exterminating others free will.21/12/2016 #37 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#36 The one thing that does connect traffic accidents with global murder is ignorance. Movies like "Blood Diamond" attempt to show us the price we pay for a material existence. In traffic accidents, it is the very material that kills us, in genocide it is for the control of that material. In Nazi Germany they called it "lebensraum" or living space for the master race. Notice how this holocaust account http://www.holocaust-trc.org/the-holocaust-education-program-resource-guide/lebensraum/ focuses on the relationship between possession and identity.
Economist Amartya Sen takes an optimistic view to solve identity in "Identity and Violence", it echoes a call to look at our similarities rather than our differences, rather than appreciate difference as diversity. It echoes the sentiment of why we could as a human race get along, whereas the "Why can't we get along?" in the comedy Mars Attack is perhaps going to be truth until there is an evolutionary renaissance of humanity https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPMmC0UAnj0
Our evolution as human beings has not come to a climactic end for we are still emerging from the dark ages, but how future generations evolve is definitely a part of our collective legacy - because it is in individual transformation - perhaps which may well be genetically coded in our DNA that evolution becomes genetic rather than merely memetic. It is similiar to when civilizations first appeared - similiar evolution occurring at the same time https://www.forbiddenhistory.info/?q=node/67 - though this particular link theorizes that there was one advanced global culture that was decimated by some powerful agent like climate change - rather than the way humans evolve is already encoded in those parts of our DNA that today seem to be doing nothing - inactive DNA.21/12/2016 #31 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#28 Pascal, as much as I now go deeper and learn about Post Rock and what that is courtesy of sites like Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-rock View more#28 Pascal, as much as I now go deeper and learn about Post Rock and what that is courtesy of sites like Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-rock, I can also ask questions that have been asked for nearly 70 years.
Here I find the term "Never Again" - a mantra set by the United Nations in 1948 - Here is a piece about that http://ir.lawnet.fordham.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1667&context=ilj and then when I drill down to particular genocides such as Rwanda e.g. https://www.globalpolicy.org/component/content/article/201/39226.html I get into the weeds of assaults on humanity - and then with Rwanda I go deeper still to those who are considered by their nation to be heroic e.g. https://yvesengler.com/2015/12/28/the-fairy-tale-about-a-brave-canadian-general-in-rwanda/ and I come to an existential WTF moment.
It is cool to hope, nice to be positive, wonderful to inspire and marvelous to motivate - but the best thing I like opening up things is to peer into new insights. For me "Post Rock" is a new insight - but here is the rub - until we have an education system and a polity for depth, for wonder, for learning, for truth and for the humility of insight - we are the few who have hopes for the many. Even so our steps in whatever direction make us a little more wiser, a little more awed and a little more informed than is the general cause. This is the best we can do until others also choose for themselves this energy for enlightenment.
I am not a seeker of agreements or disagreements, I am not vessel of persuasion or dialogue, what I welcome most is people like you who open up new vista's, new questions and new ways of looking at our world - and then I explore and I welcome that. Close20/12/2016 #29 Aleta CurryI just can't be that hopeless, especially not at this time of year. I always hear the words of the beautiful 'I heard the bells on Christmas Day'. This line gets me every time: 'And in despair I bowed my head, "there is no peace on earth" I said; for Hate is strong and mocks the song of "Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men"'.
Our atrocities may be legion; our inhumanity great, but then so is our love. It's easy to say 'look what a mess the world's in. Look how humans behave. It's hopeless'. Yet every single day, thousands...hundreds of thousands?...millions?...of people perform small acts of kindness and love for fellow beings out of a Goodness that springs from we know not where and without expecting *anything *at * all in return.
Sure, we could each make a list of history's monsters which, if combined, would make a helluva long list. But our list of history's angels, (if we only had the knowledge to create it) would be even longer. I'm not just talking about the list of documented Good Guys, I'm talking about another list, the true list, the A-Z of Humanity. It starts with some unknown bloke named...I don't know...maybe 'Aaron', ends with another unknown fellow perhaps named Zachariah, and includes YOU.20/12/2016 #28 Pascal Derrien#25 the genre is defined as Post Rock, they are almost neighbours , they are not really well known even in Ireland past music nerds like me, interesting discussion point you are brining but I don't know about he comparison with road accident, I am actually a crash survivor myself in theory I should not be here writing this I kind of think that we cannot control the butterfly effect or destiny but conflicts can be avoided, shorten or simply stopped at least that's what I would like to think @CityVP 🐝 Manjit :-)20/12/2016 #25 CityVP 🐝 ManjitFirst of all thanks Pascal, I would never heard of "God is an Astronaut" never mind considered listening to ambient music, but having a listen to Age of the Fifth Sun https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJPTcLbGS_I View moreFirst of all thanks Pascal, I would never heard of "God is an Astronaut" never mind considered listening to ambient music, but having a listen to Age of the Fifth Sun https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJPTcLbGS_I those Kinsella twins are putting together some good beats and they have some cool artwork to go along with it as can be seen on their website .
As for the murder of people whether one calls it genocide and holocaust, the reality of that speaks for itself and it is gruesome. Just as gruesome is the comparative number of deaths that occur on roads. Take this article from Progressive Economy where Edward Gresser claims that Traffic accidents kill 1.24 million people a year worldwide; wars and murders, 0.44 million. http://www.progressive-economy.org/trade_facts/traffic-accidents-kill-1-24-million-people-a-year-worldwide-wars-and-murders-0-44-million/
We have preventable tragedies often within 10 miles of where we are or live and we can't stop that - how does one address the global conflict when the local collision is arms length - that we weep for the people far away but spare less time for the people closer to home - a home magnifying across the world in similiar tragic circumstances.
We don't react to road accidents because we protect the injured and killed for their privacy otherwise we would see as gruesome pictures on our roads as one finds in the murderous actions in our world. When we are confronted with mass numbers we become numb to the size of the loss - but we echo sentiments of empathy and compassion, as if we are washing away the horror, while the extent of local loss passes us by because the sheer extent of it would send us into psychological disorder if we were to on-board such pain and loss that happens all around us daily.
Pick up a local newspaper and needless death is there http://www.mississauga.com/news-story/7004138-funeral-friday-for-teen-killed-crossing-mississauga-street/ how can we heal war when we can't heal our own roads? Close
- 10/12/2016Guns N' Roses - Civil War with Lyrics Enjoy the song ! Lyrics: What we've got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can't...
Comments10/12/2016 #1 Max🐝 J. CarterLook at your young men fighting
Look at your women crying
Look at your young men dying
The way they've always done before
Look at the hate we're breeding
Look at the fear we're feeding
Look at the lives we're leading
The way we've always done before
My hands are tied
The billions shift from side to side
And the wars go on with brainwashed pride
For the love of God and our human rights
And all these things are swept aside
By bloody hands time can't deny
And are washed away by your genocide
And history hides the lies of our civil wars
D'you wear a black armband
When they shot the man
Who said, "Peace could last forever."
And in my first memories
They shot Kennedy
An' I went numb when I learned to see
So I never fell for Vietnam
We got the wall of D.C. to remind us all
That you can't trust freedom
When it's not in your hands
When everybody's fightin'
For their promised land
I don't need your civil war
It feeds the rich while it buries the poor
Your power hungry sellin' soldiers
In a human grocery store
Ain't that fresh
I don't need your civil war
Look at the shoes you're filling
Look at the blood we're spilling
Look at the world we're killing
The way we've always done before
Look in the doubt we've wallowed
Look at the leaders we've followed
Look at the lies we've swallowed
And I don't want to hear no more
My hands are tied
For all I've seen has changed my mind
But still the wars go on as the years go by
With no love of God or human rights
'Cause all these dreams are swept aside
By bloody hands of the hypnotized
Who carry the cross of homicide
And history bears the scars of our civil wars
"WE PRACTICE SELECTIVE ANNIHILATION OF MAYORS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
FOR EXAMPLE TO CREATE A VACUUM
THEN WE FILL THAT VACUUM
AS POPULAR WAR ADVANCES
PEACE IS CLOSER" **
I don't need your civil war
It feeds the rich while it buries the poor
Your power hungry sellin' soldiers
In a human grocery store
- Producer04/12/2016Why Trump's Call Gives Taiwan a Chance for Independence in 2017With the U.S. President-elect, Donald Trump, speaking with Taiwan's president on Friday, a 37 year tradition has been broken. Foreign policy is complicated, and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's congratulatory phone call may have angered China....
Comments06/12/2016 #5 CityVP 🐝 ManjitA significant proportion of American electorate squeezed through a vote for change - and this is what change looks like, change is where every bright individual collectively holds there breath in unison.
Beijing won't be treating Trump as a clown, they have seen him dispatch a field of 17 republican candidates including a Bush and succeeding against the Clinton - for sure they will consider this facile posturing, but there will also be a quiet unease because no one knows how this will play out - just like the media who every month waited for Trump's candidacy to implode. Ironic most of all is that Trump is speaking to Taiwan's first female President.
So no one likes uncertainty, but especially a one party state that is built on principles of detailed and ultra organization. Let us see how this one will play out. The new focus is waiting for Trump's Presidency to implode. If all of us have been this wrong so far, we don't have to keep making the wrong guess, and China has never liked playing a guessing game. Expect more cyber politics.04/12/2016 #1 Dean OwenThis is just a daft and potentially dangerous blunder. Fortunately Beijing blames Taiwan, who instigated this congratulatory call. The US and the World has too much to lose if Trump does intend to pursue this potentially dangerous avenue. I was actually surprised at the restraint Beijing has shown following the call, but assume they perceive Trump as a clown with very little understanding of world affairs.
- 03/12/2016The 99% Reality, (a must read)~