- Producer22/10/2017How To Become A World Class Blogger LIke MeNOTE: The title is obviously meant to be filed under self-aggrandizing humour. There are a lot of people out there who complain about the lack of quality in most of the blogging that gets done on social media.This might be considered just a lot of...
- Producer26/04/2016Brainstorming: Less Storm and More BrainMany innovation drives are centered on the process of brainstorming. The technique was originally developed and propagated by Alex Osborn in 1953 in his book Applied Imagination. In essence brainstorming is where a group of people come together and...
Comments21/10/2017 #8 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand AmbassadorStellar read, Gert. I agree with the five points and specifically the last one "Let individuals create ideas, and use groups to select ideas". This way, each individual has to bring something to the table and then all of the ideas can be discussed.
I am going to back up to one of your other points and that is "Use brainwriting as opposed to brainstorming". I like the idea of having ideas written down because they can be used for future reference. Plus, this is another way to ensure each individual is contributing.
I agree with @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee statement "Second point is that creating many ideas is another form of creating too many choices. This is actually the theme of my last buzz on beBee. I fully agree with you.". IMO, creating many ideas can be good but they should be discussed, organized, and analyzed before presented as choices.
Five-star post, Gert!21/10/2017 #6 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBeeI read your buzz again @Gert Scholtz. It is a masterpiece. I am not complimenting; far mlore I am stating a fact.
You wtote "Yet, even shortly after Osborn came up with his technique, a study at Yale University found that individuals working by themselves have almost twice as many innovative ideas as groups formed into brainstorming groups". This is in accordance with my own experience. I shared a presentation on slideshare on groupthink and its limitations and ways to handle it.
Second point is that creating many ideas is another form of creating too many choices. This is actually the theme of my last buzz on beBee. I fully agree with you.
One last point is that brainstorming in groups. Is its effect on the social cohesion of the group. Trying to keep the cohesion may very well be on the expense of creating or neglicting the best ideas. This is the theme of a buzz that I wrote two weeks ago explaining when cohesion can be harmful using the concrete metaphor. My buzz is titled Flowing Lives.
So I go all the way with your ideas here Gert.21/10/2017 #5 Preston 🐝 Vander VenThis makes me think of self-growth and how I enjoy writing Buzzes. First, I have to identity what areas I want to grow. Second, I invest an one hour a day in those areas. Third, I like to write down notes about what I read, listened to, or experienced. Lastly, I enjoy sharing that growth with others. beBee is a great place for this.
- Producer20/10/2017A Fabulous Friday Funday!Why is it fabulous? Well, I live in the northeast part of the U.S., and it’s late October. Our normal temperatures are around 60 for this time of year, but we’ve been treated lately to temps nearing 80! And it’s Friday, the start of a weekend to end...
Comments21/10/2017 #14 Proma 🐝 NautiyalI loved them all, @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess! First of all, once I saw the skiing rabbit, I couldn't find the bird again (at least for some time). That followed by the double positives, the essay on peas, the grammar doctor badge, and finally the mommy cat who ran out of toner, made my day. Thank you so much for the lovely buzz!21/10/2017 #6 Ken BoddieKittens on the nipple,
Looking for their tipple?
Racoons taking fright,
When the light's too bright?
Bunnies on skis?
Come on, please!
By happy hippo folks?
And a language that kills?
Funny though they be,
They're all too tall for me.
So please don't think me trite,
When I say "yeah, right."
But, seriously, Susan,
I'm not cruisin' for a bruising',
Just don't know what I'd do,
On Fridays without you.
- Producer20/10/2017MUSICAL DECADES - 1940s - Big Band LeadersLet's go back to the 1940s today for a second round of Big Band Leaders. If you missed Part 1, click here.A big band is a type of musical ensemble associated with playing jazz music which became popular during the Swing Era from the early 1930s...
Comments21/10/2017 #6 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsEnjoyed the trip through the Big Band Era. I started listening to Big Band as a result of the I Love Lucy show and "Ricky's" band at the club :-). It's when I watched Jimmy Stewart in The Glenn Miller Story (yes before my time but I'm also a lover of old movies) and how Glenn Miller went in search of "the sound" that I became fascinated with the process. I learned to admire and respect the blood, sweat, and tears that goes into developing the music so many take for granted.
- Producer20/10/201710 Tips on How to Become a Thought LeaderI get asked frequently how I got to be a contributor for a major platform like Entrepreneur. In fact, every time one of my articles get published on any of the several well-known platforms I write for, I get Facebook, Linkedin and beBee messages and...
Comments21/10/2017 #12 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBeeI like your views on writing--so true. I'm emerging from a bout of who-knows-what, and my connection to the keyboard has been tenuous. I write what I think is delicious stuff in my head, cannot drag myself to the keyboard and lose my trains of thought--causing what I have in my head to be excreted like waste.20/10/2017 #2 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee@Matt 🐝 Sweetwood this is a masterpiece. It is thorough and factual. One question I have for you. You wrote "thought leader is to have continuous high-engagement posts on your topic". How do you define engagement? We know that the percentage of readers who comment is less than 1%.
- Producer05/10/2017beBee and their bet on qualityIn beBee we strive to improve our user experience and increase the quality of the content in our social network.Content quality is something unique that makes our platform different.Social Networks are full of pictures, videos and text that is...
Comments19/10/2017 #207 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBeeSomething I've murmured to myself since an adolescent is, "Change is Constant." Change is a good thing. It's the adjustment that is a bear. One thing that was hard with sff.net is they never changed, and it was always difficult to upload content. Not so here. beBee taught me to spread my wings and fly. Thanks for your ongoing efforts.18/10/2017 #203 Francisco Lopez#194 What will happen with those hives that require some level of knowledge, like astronomy, astrophysics, or meteorology, medicine, philosophy, art, history etc? It is far easier and less time consuming to import well-written content than to write it. An information vacuum has been created. A vacuum is also an opportunity, and I suspect I will be thank you for this later. ;)17/10/2017 #199 Francisco Lopez#194 As I see it, and I can be wrong, beBee is evolving into a writer's platform, nothing bad with that, actually, this has been our main complaint in LinkedIn. There, they opened Pulse to everyone, and suddenly a million people were writing and their engagement rose sharply, as it did here. I was suddenly receiving many notifications, as I have their contact limit there, 30,000, plus a set of random notification placed by the system, we both are in LinkedIn, probably you remember. At some point, this became a nightmare for their processing and for the users and they scaled back, effectively closing the effective access to writers (they can publish but, who is reading them?) When I saw, what they call Influencers, sometimes writing fluff an get hundreds of thousand viewers and I spending 20 to 40 or re hours in research and not getting even 5 thousand views, I stopped writing and fiercely recommend beBee as a complement to inkedIn. Several of my contacts in LinkedIn are brand Ambassadors here.17/10/2017 #195 Francisco Lopez#194 Actually I agree with you, Javier, and, in any case, is your house. Maybe adding a moderation function to the hives can help to reduce the noise. It will still be arbitrary but is better than elimination quality content from the hives because is not original content. Of course, is not easy, In spite of running a business, I moderate my 7 groups in LinkedIn and own several here and in Facebook, and do my best to maintain the noise under control. I know it is very early, as I do not much advertising here yet, but, something that can attract professional talent and can stimulate those writing honey, would be sharing part of the advertising income. I know people in YouTube, not the great stars or anything like that, just regular people, who make 5, 10, 20,000 a month by providing original contents, they just post a lot and a portfolio of 300 to 1,000 do the trick, as part of the ad revenue is shared with the account owner.17/10/2017 #194 Javier 🐝 beBee#193 Francisco, you are free to post any link like any other social network. Hives are beBee's mechanism and we want to protect our professionals that are working hard on generating elaborated content. Any very relevant external content can be shared through the hives but you need to work a little bit :-)
Again, Engagement (Average time spent) increased over 30% on beBee. So we are really proud and happy of our improvement. Enjoy the hive !17/10/2017 #193 Francisco LopezThrowing a blanket description to what despectively is named as quick buzzes is like putting an economy in the hands of a few beaurocrats the quality tends to decrease and the amount of creativity is reduced. Nothing bad about promoting writing talent, as beBee does, but not all the content linked from the outside is photos of cats, dating updates, and other stupid content. Is true there is a ton of content placed by low IQ people, disruptors, and trolls., and, as it is easy to cross[ost than to create, this could be a line of defense.against the trolls. I personally have mixed feeling about this strategy. I get paid to write and tend to be hesitant to make rich others and not getting paid. It takes serious time to do serious writing, research, verification and developing and publishing. Don't take me bad, this could end being a good move, especially for writers looking for a platform to publish their original content and attract work. It might be too early for emerging platforms but, it could attract great content if it shared advertising revenue like other sites.13/10/2017 #191 Louise Smith#183 @Claire L Cardwell I am sure you could write a scaffold to be adapted for different pictures. Your own personal non PR Beeutiful BLURB.
Another idea is to ask some bees for an opinion before you post and include their comments in the main post.
Maybe a little relevant history & technique & form explanation. It will end up as your PhD thesis !
Bees will probably instinctively look at the picture first and then read the blurb
Most people are visual dominant and / or lazy !
So they will make their own conclusions.11/10/2017 #188 Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝I think the changes drove home some good enhancements to beBee platform, it will make all of users to spend more time to produce honeys and that is always good for making the content original in the platform however, I would like to have some flexibility on what my notification would alert me from (e.g: Not all honeys are direct interesting to me (perhaps if we could tag it and make the system to show up only honeys from a particular tag ex: "technology") , that is probably would make beBee even more customizable and bring a great experience to any user. (My five cents) @Javier 🐝 beBee
- Producer18/10/2017The Battle continues.. the sequel Linkedin vs. Bebee. This is a follow up to an earlier post on why I left Linkedin ( temporarily ) to start posting here. WHo is winning the global dominance in branding and marketing ? Linkedin or Bebee ? It is like two heavy weights Muhammad Ali vs George...
Comments18/10/2017 #3 Preston 🐝 Vander VenYes I have had similar results. Every since Linkedin was remolded my views on everything was reduced. I still give it the same amount of attention as before the site was change, yet I feel another variable that I am unaware of affects my results.
It took me 6 years on Linkedin to get the number of followers that I did in the year and a half here on beBee. I still did the same actions. Six months ago, I decided to be Bee Ambassadors and yet keep my LinkedIn account open because of the work put into it. I work want to much time into it. "If I am going to cut down a tree, I need a sharp ax." beBee has proven to be that sharp one. My Linkedin account is rusty ax for me, yet even with a rusty ax, I can still swing and hit that tree. One day that tree will come down.
- Producer18/10/2017Today I Met HopelessImage credit http://www.incourage.me/2013/07/love-in-the-dark.htmlFrom my desk i see students who run away from class. This incident was really no different than other’s, but a compelling force that said i should get involved. You see my domain is...
Comments22/10/2017 #43 CityVP 🐝 ManjitDear @Harvey Lloyd I look at my hill of life and it will be my lack of patience that defines hopeless. You look at your Everest and because the summit of this out of reach, that is the greater height of humanity where hopelessness begins to come into sight.
It is not that you underestimate the height of your own power to deal with youngsters who sit outside the social constructs of society but in this work you do there is no equivalency between my hill of life and the mountain you seek to help your children climb. It is one thing that I may find my own life hill challenging, it is altogether a different proposition when you are helping children climb - you are the dedicated spirit that seeks to put the light of life into those who otherwise may never see that light.
You combine caregiver with education and constantly challenge and try to breakthrough a wall that would easily be considered futile to the rest of us. The gift you are to humanity finds it's hope in breaking through and sometimes that gift comes back unexpectedly by someone you helped decades ago, someone whose life was changed because you existed in this world.
Even in a regular school, there was a story a primary school teacher told me where one of her kids was considered to have great challenges to the extent it was called a learning disability. This Italian child could not overcome his reading challenges. It is however an idea out of the blue that was offered by an Italian teacher, who happen to ask that child to write a story in Italian. The child did. What that child wrote brought tears to these teachers, they had found the key of hope, not the lock of hopelessness. This is why I say we are literally blinded by a "success culture" mentality. May you find keys of hope always.21/10/2017 #42 Harvey Lloyd#41 Some great thoughts and I agree, leadership in any setting is challenging.
We do have to admit to ourselves the role is important and specific to the child we are leading.
It is not an easy task but one where both teacher and student can learn together.
Thanks for your kind and thoughtful insights @David Navarro López21/10/2017 #41 AnonymousThank you, Harvey, for writing such a thoughtful buzz. It is a very complex task to helping youngsters to become adults, because as long as you influence someone, you are in danger of limiting his/her own personality. Leading is changing the path of a follower, but it has to be done in a way that the follower would be a leader in the future. As you point out in your words "Be the candle in a child's dreams not a spotlight on their behaviour or your frustrations.", there is a blurred line between correcting and criticizing. A leading sentence, "a candle", can become "a spotlight" if it is misunderstood. The biggest and, most of the times, "hidden background" when trying to lead is love.
In my opinion, the first step to be taken when leading is to make crystal clear that the leader honestly cares about the sake of the follower.
I am sure @Sara Jacobovici has a lot to say about this issue.
@Katja Bader have a look at this interesting buzz19/10/2017 #35 Harvey Lloyd#29 @🐝 Fatima G. Williams small business has taught me alot. Many material things but mostly spiritual things. When the darkness arrives with me, and it does for most, i know to get back to fundamentals, serve others and just start walking.
But what of those who are young and have to been given this simple yet effective process out of the darkness. These are the ones i share a great affinity. They know no different than the narrative that was built by others, who were merely seeking their own survival, but none the less imparted the great fears of life into a child that was not emotionally ready to manage.
All we can do is walk the journey and see where it leads.19/10/2017 #34 Harvey Lloyd#30 Thanks @Cyndi wilkins for stopping by and your comment. Yes hopelessness is a fierce opponent in the world of working with students who are disabled. Most of the time i can be the shining light like the staff here does every day. Sometimes, just sometimes, my limbic system gets hit with tunnel vision and i want to save the student from the world. That lightening struck yesterday.
Those storms are not quite as often these days but they do have greater intensity when the come.19/10/2017 #33 Harvey Lloyd#32 I agree and feel we have two choices, die in the bleachers or on the field of battle. Many friends find it exhausting to find me but they always know where to look, on the field. This is the only commitment one can make that makes any sense.
I don't win as many as i would like but hope i will be counted in the legions trying.
Thanks for stopping by, every time you do, i am uplifted by thinking of the mad chef in the middle of service trying to make sense of the orchestrated chaos. My life always looks simple:) I do it every once and while you do it every night.19/10/2017 #31 Pamela 🐝 Williams#21 Ian, never have truer words spoken: "I have learned that the most effective that we can be is empathic, sensitive and genuinely receptive listeners. And out of this authentic human space and connection arises the appropriate response – most effectively, turning the light on the assets rather than on the liabilities, as you clearly described. But sometimes it doesn’t even need a response – the authentic listener is all that was required". That last sentence especially. Being authentic, no agenda, no labels, no taking control because the listener is under the misguided assumption that they are better, smarter, more stable. We all have our issues, we all have our own experiences, each and everyone one of us is as unique as snowflakes18/10/2017 #29 🐝 Fatima G. WilliamsYou conveyed a very important message @Harvey Lloyd through this buzz. Spend more time with our youth. We need to draw out the hopelessness and it should be like the dirty clothes that we take off when we know they are dirty and need washing. Once its washed the hopelessness is washed away. The dirt that sticks on us is external forced onto us like a sticky grease. Everytime I'm hopeless or anyone is hopeless I only ask them one question what is that you can do to bring a smile on another person's face and if its a positive reply I'm lucky. I Tell them that smile is the hope we need. So Let's Go get some smiles. Thank You for what you do Harvey.18/10/2017 #26 Harvey Lloyd#25 @Charlene Norman thanks for the encouragement and i do not normally dwell upon the weaknesses of myself in this opposition. Today was a deep sight i don't usually see. Hopelessness by choice is what it is, but with children it's not choice but rather neglect.
Our vision statement includes "one degree", we can't fix the world but in one student, if we can alter the course by "one degree" we can change a future outcome. Maybe today i was able to change the course by one degree.
Thanks again and am looking forward to the newsletter. Good luck with those endeavours:)18/10/2017 #25 Charlene Norman@Harvey Lloyd Without a doubt, this is one of the finest pieces I have read on here in a very long time. Do not despair on what you might think are all your negatives. Please, instead, rejoice on the light you have shone today. It shines oh so bright. Thank you for this.18/10/2017 #22 Harvey Lloyd#21 @Ian Weinberg i can only imagine your stories. Mine do paint a human condition of many emotions as the author of the listener. My early years in this institution we call education i brought my construction mentality and that went over like a fart in church. So i was relegated to the rear office. Probably best i deal with humanity rather straightforward. I find the source of issues and reclamate or install enough fear so that the issue doesn't arise again.
Again my soft spot is children. It started with great teachers who taught me about non-verbal students. I never looked at that disability the same. Now i can see past behaviours to the hopelessness handed out by adults onto unsuspecting children. You have brought me into a very strong sense of understanding of the narrative and its many components, leverages and dynamics.
I don't believe some parents understand the clay in which they hold. It's a narrative being written by them. When i hear the parents a burning fire starts, i typically need to leave on some non sober occasions i engaged. I embarrassed my family.
Thank you for your continued efforts in reinflating the human condition in so many. It's a job whereby the full gambit of emotions are felt, before, during and after the encounter. Somehow though i feel as though i have moved forward just a bit in finding humanity.
- Producer17/10/2017You must have experienced one of those scenariosThe complexity of our lives in increasing because of the increased duality or ambivalence that we suffer constantly from. I am sure we have all experienced one of the following scenarios in which you found your feelings and thoughts are in...
Comments22/10/2017 #84 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#11 Hi @Cyndi wilkins a long time ago, I read a journal of psychology that asserted that while there are many forms of trauma that people can recover from, their research concluded that rape was one of the few trauma's that left a permanent psychological mark on its victim. In essence they asserted that rape is psychologically disturbing that this trauma embeds itself much deeper as a violation of the body. At the same time the legal system is not fair at all to rape victims.
Nor do many understand that rape as a violation usually has more to do with subjecting the victim to control and power and that the sexual act is actually secondary for the rapist, for many rapist indulge the perversion of dehumanizing the victim. In short the horror of rape is still not understood by our society at the level it actually violates a human being. This is not like a robbery where one can move to a new home, in rape the body is the home and what has been violated is the deepest level of being - a destruction of the spirit and not just a physical revulsion of a gross act of inhumanity.
When it comes to turning trauma into triumph, here I agree wholeheartedly with the magnificent contribution of people to help others so they can either achieve some form of legal recognition or to track down predators and thereby cut down the possibility of future attacks, or at least save one soul from this trauma than would have been the case otherwise. Even with these people transforming their grief or story into positive social cause, in the case of rape, we as a society still need to develop our sensibility to a far greater degree about why the violation of the human spirit is a supreme act of evil on any person.21/10/2017 #82 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#80 I feel that your comment is based on personal experience because it is a living comment @Bernard Poulin.. I love the poetic style of your comment as well. I enjoyed this part of it in particular immensely. "Reaching beyond our personal spaces, our own navels, puts us in sync with life rather than sucking the air out of it". Yes, it is challenging to go beyond ourselves, but this what makes life worthy.21/10/2017 #80 Bernard Poulin"Solving the problem of others puts our feelings and thoughts in harmony." I would extrapolate on that. In general, thinking of others above and beyond ourselves puts our feelings and thoughts in harmony. Reaching beyond our personal spaces, our own navels, puts us in sync with life rather than sucking the air out of it. But this is very difficult to do in a time where me, "moi" and myself is the sun around which our worlds revolve, where our greatest anxieties emerge from having our feelings hurt by micro-aggression platitudes & at a time where manufactured self esteem issues pretend to be those related to self respect.19/10/2017 #79 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#78 Very true @Yolanda Ávila Márquez. However; antifragility is more than resilience. It is coming out of a stressful situation stronger than before. Like carbon under stress yields diamonds so we are expected to be antifragile. This is a subject of huge interest and I hope to cover it soon.19/10/2017 #78 Yolanda Ávila Márquez#74 Of course.
One of the most wonderful capacities of the human being is resilience.
Have you read Viktor Emil Frankl? Man's Search for Meaning
''Man can preserve a vestige of spiritual freedom, of mental independence, even in the terrible circumstances of psychic and physical tension''
''Man can be snatched from everything but one thing: the last of human freedoms - the choice of personal attitude before a set of circumstances - to decide his own way''
Regards!18/10/2017 #73 Yolanda Ávila Márquez#70 I understand you.
I have read more similar cases. I agree that doing something to help others who have gone through the same situation is positive but provided that at the same time you have healed the wound inside.
This model of Yoga, for example, has a support group for women who have been raped.
She helps them because she was also raped. I think it's wonderful and ... healer.
Basically you and I agree Ali:
we must think and act, not stay paralyzed and look for creative solutions that take us out of the paralyzing situations.18/10/2017 #71 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#68 brilliant comment dear @Tausif Mundrawala. You wrote "I have learnt that whatever we desire it comes with a price and requires us to work on it diligently". In thermodynamics we know you don't get anything for nothing. You derived this reality by yourself. You are smsrt my friend.18/10/2017 #70 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#69 Dear @Yolanda Ávila Márquez- I read the story of the girl. She didn't remove her problem, but lesssned its intensity by helping others. She vented out part of frustration this way. The positive side is that she designed the sports shoe. She re-challened her frustration and this was a way of dealing of a problem rather than allowing the problem to ruin her. She was self-motivated to do that.18/10/2017 #69 Yolanda Ávila MárquezMy dear Ali ....
this time I disagree with your opinion , just a little ;)
''So is the case of the raped girl. In one incident a raped girl started a new brand of sports shoes in which she donated a certain percentage of her profits to help girls who suffered from rape. Solving the problem of others puts our feelings and thoughts in harmony''
I think doing that alleviates the pain but does not eliminate it. It is a way to divert or channel attention. For me, it is valid only if at the same time you are healing in yourself what happened. You have to find peace within yourself.
"Happiness is achieved when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony." I agree with him.
All our attention must be focused on living our life with consistency.
Regards!18/10/2017 #68 Tausif MundrawalaHowever disharmonious our situation might be, it's incumbent on us to act in tandem with what our heart says and lies. Whenever I felt low in life I have seen myself inching towards the calling of my heart and wherever I taught my forte lies. I have learnt that whatever we desire it comes with a price and requires us to work on it diligently. We should blink once but we shouldn't leave sight of the path chosen by us and by our Almighty. He gives signs. He would put us in difficulties which would make us strongest than before. We have to heed to his call and suggestions. If someone is meant to be a writer or a poet he/she would always be enchanted with that subject.
Thanks for this wonderful buzz, Sir @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee Awaiting your reply.18/10/2017 #67 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#66 Your comment dear @Cyndi wilkins has just inspired me with the idea for my next buzz. The theme of it is as we face hardships in life it is our best times to find creative and simple solutions. Welcome to challenges because they make us thrive, Thank you Cyndi.
- Producer16/10/2017Survivors VS VictimsI’ve been sick for weeks; groveling in tributes to my body in the form of chicken soup and OJ. Lowering myself to this status began when I attended a speaking engagement on sexual assault and rape at a local college. I coughed mightily throughout...
Comments18/10/2017 #29 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee#28 The first time I was assaulted was when I was a 16yo child with no knowledge of male anatomy other than what I had seen at the Smithsonian in DC. You almost sound like sexual assault is acceptable. It is not. Not for men nor for women. It is also not okay for anyone to shield a predator. This happens all too often. The one case I approached for prosecution involved a child predator. His colleagues and others completely shielded him. That post I list in this article holds all the proof necessary. There were too many damned victims in that one. I learned the land of proof the hard way, so I started collecting everything I could. If that man invaded the nightmares of people, we surely invaded his.18/10/2017 #28 Nicole Chardenet#26 Interestingly as someone who's never been raped, I *do* find it hard to believe...but feelings don't matter. I did some research on that statistic too which shows you just how unscientific the stats are. As for being 'sexually assaulted', well, that's happened to *all* of us at one time or another, and probably to a sizeable chunk of men too.
You were right in your post about how women need to go for the prosecution and the police *immediately*. Rape is always going to be a difficult crime to prove if it's just two people alone together...if there's *any* proof that it actually occurred, the time to bring it to the attention to the police is *right now*, and to do otherwise is to seriously risk having no case at all. It's an ugly fact but there it is. Too many "feminists" think that due process doesn't apply to accused rapists, whereas it's still *innocent until proven guilty*. Glad to see you haven't taken that stance.18/10/2017 #26 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee#25 Actually--I did some research on that statistic, and having been sexually assaulted twice and raped twice over the course of my life, I did not find it hard to believe. I have one printed-out website in my car and will list it here when I bring it up. Any unwelcome sexual attention--well--is just that. I always wanted to be recognized for my brains rather than my frontal appendages. I worked in male fields all my life. It wasn't easy.18/10/2017 #25 Nicole ChardenetJoyce, I think it's brave of you to have gone for prosecution in your case rather than settling for expulsion. However, re the young women who've been trained to believe the ENTIRE system is stacked against them, it's been the tenor of the "Women's Studies" classes they've been taking since the late 80s, early 90s. Victim feminism has taught women to be weak and disempowered and to regard all men as the enemy, rather than fighting back. Yes, the system is stacked against women in many ways, but it's not hopeless. Women DO win in court, and I suspect it happens more often than we know because victim feminists would rather lament the 'one that got away' rather than the victories.
I will say one thing though: You need to be careful about the statistics you disseminate. Wildly exaggerated and non-supported rape and sexual abuse statistics are part of the reason why women still find it so hard to be believed. I'm working on a blog post about this, not sure when it's going up...but i will warn you you might not like some parts of it. My brand of feminism is a bit muscular for some. At any rate, that 25% figure regarding sexual assault on campuses is considered largely questionable depending on how it's presented and how rape/sexual assault is defined...which is very broadly these days. That's the only part of your post I take issue with. Exaggerated sexual assault stats will be addressed in my post which I wrote before I read this one.17/10/2017 #22 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee#14 Professionals need to be taken to task in their views on sexual assault. When I first started organizing our case, I simply thought I was doing the right thing and I was. To have been batter, abused, and made to feel criminal in promoting justice was incomprehensible and horrifying to me. Getting something online is my way of documenting what happened.17/10/2017 #21 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee#13 Brian--I got out against these problems to voice my belief that change is needed. You just seem to want to voice anger. There were many boys involved in our case. But I pick and choose my battles--using what happened to me and others--to show change is needed. It is impossible to do so by creating a wide swath against a corrupt system. Calm down and use your voice for change. not for drama.17/10/2017 #18 Joanne GardockiThank you, @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee, for your courage and working for change. The ugly truth must be seen to be understood, changed, healed. There is great power in moving from victim to survivor. May our powerful survivor-self move to a place of winner or hero-self in the process. Be well my friend. ::hugs::17/10/2017 #16 Nicole Chardenet#13 I believe you, Brian. I have an ex-boyfriend who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of his mother.
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/11/the-understudied-female-sexual-predator/503492/17/10/2017 #13 Brian McKenzieMe too. Over course it was an old hag relative in a position of 'respect' in the community - so it conveniently never happened. And of course, boys are never raped, suffer bulemia / anorexia or swept under by the MN / Social Work machine.
Nope - women never rape boys, keep telling yourself that.17/10/2017 #12 Jerry FletcherJoyce, You are not alone raging against the tide predators. A movie I was watching the other night suggested what I believe to be the appropriate punishment for these perpetrators. Take two ten-penny nails drive them through the perps testicles into a log then push him backward off the log.
- Producer15/10/2017Another Day in Loriland - Learning to Adjust...It has been a busy few weeks, and I am fully engaged in my new job as a part-time insurance adjuster. I started with about 22 hurricane related claims assigned to me. The majority are considered "moderate" claims, this means that they have...
- Producer13/10/2017FRIDAY THE 13thAccording to superstition, today is supposed to be unlucky. In fact, the fear of Friday the 13th has a scientific name: paraskevidekatriaphobia. It occurs when the 13th day of the month in the Gregorian calendar falls on a Friday, which can be...
Comments15/10/2017 #16 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand AmbassadorFriday the 13th has always been a good day for me. Did you know that black cats have the lowest adoption rate in American shelters compared to cats that are other colors? I'm not superstitious but some people are and as your post indicates will not even venture outside.14/10/2017 #14 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#11 Very true and it refers to the Antichrist who many feel according to the bible will return at the end times (Apocalypse). Stories state the Antichrist will appear in human form and many will feel it will save the world, they will worship him (in his bodily form) he will perform miracles and continue to fool people until it's time for his final fight. I've read a few fictional books based on so called facts from the book of Revelations and I say 'so called,' because so many people interpret the bible differently but I must say, they were interesting. I've become more spiritual over the years so my beliefs may differ from others. Now if we all get coded with 666 or a tatoo on our heads I might defer back to the book lol.14/10/2017 #11 Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris#7 Actually some people who have studied the particular book from the Bible have come to the conclusion that 666 was actually code for the beast of the apocalypse, which was a particular dictator who wreaked havoc when he was around. Perhaps if he knew that his prediction would be the cause of alarm, he might have avoided this numeric code altogether!14/10/2017 #7 Lisa 🐝 GallagherInteresting info @Dominique 🐝 Petersen. I used to be afraid of Friday the 13th because everyone around me was. I don't even think about it now. Black cats, I grew up with a few, so they never caused me worry either. I think most of us have superstitions and I'd have to say mine can be related to past events and I try hard not to repeat certain things if a similar even occurs. Just like the number 666 is supposedly related to the devil (Satan or what ever people call it)... I think if I had to choose, that number freaks me out just a tad.
- Producer13/10/2017MUSICAL DECADES - 1950s - Classic PopPopular music dominated the charts for the first half of the 1950's decade. Vocal-driven classic pop replaced Big Band/Swing, although it often used orchestras to back the vocalists. 1940s style Crooners competed with a new generation of...
Comments14/10/2017 #6 Harley KingGreat article, @Dominique 🐝 Petersen! I enjoy listening to Dean Martin as well as watching him in in the movies and on TV. Have you read Jerry Lewis' memoir, Dean and Me: A Love Story? I recently published an article on beBee based on the book. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@harley-king/twelve-ways-you-can-make-your-business-partnership-more-successful
- Producer04/10/2017Why Every Human Being On This Planet Should Be Angry These DaysSunday, we witnessed another horrendous chapter in the systematic and relentless undoing of America. It took me a long time to process how something like this is still being allowed to happen. But this country, like many others these days,...
Comments05/10/2017 #16 Jim Murray#15 @Nicole Chardenet. I disagree that you are tired of screaming. You just did a whole bunch of it and in very convincing fashion. But I believe that you're being a bit short sighted when you say it's not your problem. It's everybody's problem. America affect the entire world picture, politically, militarily and business wise. We do 70% of our trade with them. If that goes south so do a lot of Canadian incomes. Just sayin'.05/10/2017 #15 Nicole ChardenetJim, I'm tired of screaming. I'm tired of feeling sorry for my fellow Americans. Let's be real: We're okay with this shit. When yet another fruit bat who should never have had weapons splatted little kids' brains all over the classroom walls and WE DID NOTHING ABOUT IT...that's it's. Fuck 'em. Fuck America and its love affair with guns, racism, Gawd, and chronic stupidity. They don't want healthcare but they want their precious guns. They hate Muslims because of all the violence in the Middle East but they are just like those very people killing their own. Muslims simply prefer bombs more to guns; but in the end it's the same. A terrorist is a terrorist is a terrorist. The Islamic world and the American one are living under the same dark cloud. They have met the enemy and....
I've started paying less attention to American news. There's nothing I can do about it and I've been yelling about the fucked up system for thirty years and no one gives a shit. The country elected a brainless moron that makes Bush II look good again. You can blame the Russians or James Comey all you want, and the share the blame, but in the end it's the voters' fault. Really, just the voters. Because they believed all of Trump's stupid shit. They deserve Trump. So do many liberals who pissed and moaned about how Clinton was no better and that St. Bernie was the answer to all their problems.
Some NBC executive got fired for posting on Facebook that probably a lot of the victims deserved what happened because, you know, country/western lovers are often gun-loving Republicans. She may be right. I wondered that myself. I wondered how many of those people believed they had an inalienable god-given right to any gun they wanted. Probably many of them. I wonder how their families feel tonight. If they still believe that.
But hey, not my problem anymore. America, have at it. I don't care. Back to hockey, hops and Horton's.05/10/2017 #13 Peter AltschulerYour frustration, @Jim Murray, is palpable for many. We live in times when the pressures on us all are overwhelming. When the ability to confront issues neighbor-to-neighbor appears to have vanished. When politicians are expected to do the impossible on behalf of the unreasonable. When inaction breeds anger and anger transforms into aggression.
At the core of it all is a level of ignorance that, I thought, we were leaving behind. I was wrong. Despotism thrives among the nincompoopulation. It spreads in the petri dish of oft-repeated lies. And it feeds on the rage it creates, raising a sword or a pitchfork and telling the masses to hunt down and kill off the enemy.
That's why education can't be subverted. Not by jihadists or tyrants or Betsy DeVos. Yet the United States has been spiraling downward since the '70s while disinformation has risen on the tide that Rupert Murdoch and Rush Limbaugh and Sinclair have churned up. And it's all about profit, knowing that you can fool some of the people all of the time and sell time and space to advertisers who don't care if their buyers are morons.
As John Cleese pointed out, you have to be smart to know you're stupid. And too many have traded in intelligence for the falsehood of "reality" TV, of "fair and balanced," and of "count on it." After all, it's easier to believe what you want to than to have to consider alternatives, to vote for the same inept congressmen and women instead of analyzing opponents, and to complain about what's wrong than to understand what's right.
So I'm with you. Fight on until there's no breath left to do so.04/10/2017 #11 Jim Murray#8 I agree totally @Jerry Fletcher. It's called tolerance and respect for our differences. Sadly too many people these days do not have the intelligence to manage that,m so they cling to what they believe and consider everything else to be inferior to it. This lack of understanding is at the root of many of the issues we face today.04/10/2017 #9 Ian WeinbergThere is a certain inevitability of where we find ourselves right now. Processes were set in motion a long time ago which are only now beginning to manifest. The crucible of greed, consumerism, deceit and political correctness is garnished with a generous helping of schadenfreude. And not so slowly the temperature is rising. Yes indeed it still has to boil over. Only in that heat will unsustainable values die and authentic stuff prevail and multiply. But sorry @Jim Murray we haven't hit ground zero yet. Hold on to your hat and all that is dear to you, most notably your values, we've still got a way to go. But the center will hold - there's enough critical mass around. The sun shall rise again ... you are not alone!04/10/2017 #8 Jerry FletcherHumanity wanders mindlessly into these quagmires and accepts solutions that are polar: Love and Hate. The expressions of those solutions can take many forms to exert control but in the end the religions formed weary and even go to war. The governments toppled by revolution that put "Our leader" in power in turn tumble. Frustration sweeps through the populace. And therein lies the problem. We are not of one mind and we refuse to let the other tribes just be. Until we can agree to disagree this madness will continue. Yes, we can rage against the dying of the light but what can we do to keep the lights on?04/10/2017 #6 Phil FriedmanSome will be bewildered by the rising violence, while others will feign being so. But the hard fact is a vacuum in ethical leadership has developed at the core of world attention. And until that void is again filled by some worthy of the position, we will wander in the desert of moral confusion without a compass.04/10/2017 #3 Harvey Lloyd"being allowed to happen" Words are a powerful force among people who spiritually, morally and with respect for their fellow man execute their existence. But the crisis we face is not within this group. The groups that we face are mentally ill. They have stepped off the path of citizenship and joined a growing movement of "anti".
I don't believe any president, nor community intentionally allowed this to evolve in this direction. This is the result of an experiment started in the 30's when our government with great intentions, started systems of unsustainable care and intervention. We are now baring the fruits of humanity expecting instead of giving.
There is only one fix for this and those with the real power will never give up what they have to achieve the fix. Money on the right and power on the left, each is feed by a system of polarized arguments that channels votes, support and finance, as each side is afraid the other will tumble their empires.
Over the next 100 years we will find out our resolve to self govern or endure a dictatorship of moral high commend. Thoughts dictated through media controlled by government. We have crossed the line now. Materialism has run its course and it will be, who will be the last man standing. History supports this view and intellectuals can speak to our evolved nature but the fundamental greed of the human will prevail. We have called it out of the box. It doesn't usually go back in until humanity is starving to death.
I serve those who i come in contact, pray and vote to try and make a difference. It all seems so feeble in the growth of mental illness brought on by class warfare while the scorecard is shown daily in media and managed by politics.04/10/2017 #1 Brian McKenzieThe game is as it was, as it ever shall be. What they did in Ukraine, will be done in the U.S. Line for line, lie for lie.
They will keep building a 'martyr' count until there is an open rebellion, they will keep funding both extremes of the right and left until you beg for a new strangling "Safety", "Equity", or "Truthiness". As noone reads history, it will be repeated ad nauseam.
I am no longer shocked nor moved - the game will continue without me.
- ProducerThe Beneficial Impact of Shaping There are many shapes in the world. Ever tried to count them all? Some shapes tend to attract us more than others. That is only human, we all have our unique taste. Through the course of time we might prefer other shapes. As we change, our choices...
Comments14/10/2017 #12 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#11 thank you very much @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador happy to get such a wonderful compliment! Have a great weekend.14/10/2017 #11 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand AmbassadorInspiring and excellent piece @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc..14/10/2017 #10 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#7 very much appreciated poem bee @Debasish Majumder, happy creative moments to you as well!14/10/2017 #9 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#6 wise words @Donna Wood thank you so much, happy weekend!14/10/2017 #8 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#5 thank you sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much @Gabriel Bazzolo good to see you here, hope the world of drones is forever expanding!14/10/2017 #7 Debasish Majumderlovely share @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the share.14/10/2017 #4 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#3 good to know @Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris always treasure the child in you!14/10/2017 #2 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#1 and that @Devesh 🐝 Bhatt creates double joy, thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;-)
- Producer14/10/2017Shortest Rant EverI was going to write a rant today. It was going to be a blistering diatribe about something that was really pissing me off.But as I opened the Pages file to get started, I realized that I was breaking my own cardinal rule.Why? Because I didn't have...
Comments16/10/2017 #14 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsI've accepted that he won't be happy until drops a A bomb and turns this country into a military state where he can kill at will. He truly is not only a sociopath but sprinkled with psychopathic tendencies. He wants war and whether the Canadians like it or not, they will get dragged along. The the bitch of sharing a border with a country so freakin full of greedy imbeciles. It's all about money. End of story. A deadly sin according to those good conservatives but definitely their real god. How's about I rant for you J! Oops I just did. May they all take it with them,!16/10/2017 #13 Nicole Chardenet#6 I don't think we have much chance of impeaching him so far unless he commits an actual impeachable offence which is distinctly possible with this fruitcake, although he hasn't done it yet. There is, however, a growing argument to be made for Amendment 25'ing him...
I don't believe it's not doable with the current Cabinet. They're as fed up with him as everyone else. The Republicans initially resisted impeaching Nixon but were eventually brought around to it. And Nixon, as difficult as he was to handle, with his alcoholism et al, was still less of a quotidien challenge than The Orange One is. Yeah, sure, it means President Pence but at least we know he can keep his dick in his pants, LOL. (Maybe I shouldn't speak to soon. Since he's a conservative Christian, 'family values' Republican who's only stated he won't be alone with a strange *woman*....:)15/10/2017 #6 Jim Murray#4 @Nicole Chardenet. You're probably right. Ranting about insanity kinda makes you feel insane yourself. But also, I'm trying to back off and let this asshold dig his own grave. Sooner or later he's gonna make himself an easy target because he's gonna start pissing off the wrong people.
- Producer14/10/2017I am Imperfect, and That is My USPI am bored to hear the word "perfect". I don't know why. I can't do things as other professionals do. Could that be the reason? I am not sure. I am not even bothered. It only bothers me if I can't complete a work.I always take more time to complete...
Comments14/10/2017 #8 Debesh Choudhury#5 Very happy to get your comment @Phil Friedman, I always try not to pretend as honest, but sometimes the situation becomes very complex. Everything seems to go out of sight. Computer gives error. People misunderstand. Then I can't help writing something small. Reality over powers. This one is a result of that.14/10/2017 #5 Phil FriedmanDr. @Debesh Choudhury is a old online friend and fellow writer from various LinkedIn groups, including the Unfluencers (tm), which he and our good friend @Jeffrey Strickland founded. Although not always followed by some of its members (the Unfluencers (tm) is an open group, the principles established in writing for the group by Debesh and Jeffrey are a model for active intellectual exchange on social media -- as are Debesh and Jeffrey themselves. I cannot recommend too highly that you seek out Debesh's and Jeffrey's writings here and on LinkedIn, for they are often remarkable in their insight and always personally modest and self-effacing in their approaches. As evidenced by this piece by Debesh.
- Producer14/10/2017A May day fright or flightSome of us are driven to pushing the envelop either out of curiosity or out of the need to live on the edge, or both. I suspect that I would fall into the subgroup of ADHD’s characterized by the need for increased environmental stimulation. Now...
Comments14/10/2017 #16 Cyndi wilkins#8 I'm with her!!! Silly boys;-) Although I have to admit...it took me quite some time settle down after having a child...When I 'misbehaved' I always got the "What the hell were you thinking?!?!" speech the morning after....followed by, "You're a mother now...so act like one." Shamed into submission:-(14/10/2017 #14 Gert Scholtz@Ian Weinberg A swashbuckling ride Doc! Next time, take me with you when you go for a “spin” in an airplane. I crashed down with a microglider once and think I should up the ante on skyfalls. Good story Ian, and may I say happy that you lived to tell it – and have a coffee with me from time to time.14/10/2017 #6 Donna WoodSome edge of your seat reading, @Ian Weinberg!!! The world is grateful for two things: first you lived to tell the tale; and second that people who push envelope exist. Necessity indeed is the mother of all invention. It the exhilaration we feel while pushing the envelope that truly makes us feel alive!!!14/10/2017 #5 Ken BoddieThey say that the sweetest success, Ian, comes after boundaries have been moved further away than we originally thought possible, or, even better, when the batsman repeatedly hits a six over them. Personally, I'm one of those boring people who identify hazards, and carry out a risk assessment after evaluating the probability of occurrence and the associated consequential damage. I then suggest appropriate factors of safety be set in place, so that the great majority of users or practitioners can work within a safe environment. But without people like you, Ian, we never really find out what is possible beyond the boundaries or how conservative we may or may not have been in setting them. "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." 🤔
- Producer13/10/2017One is the loneliest numberLooking at the characteristics of who is or isn’t lonely, some key similarities and differences are worth noting:Risk factors for loneliness include: The more risk factors present, the greater the odds of being lonely What can you do to prevent or...
Comments13/10/2017 #5 Royce ShookThank you all for your thoughtful responses. In a workshop, I do on social connectedness we define social isolation is: less social contact than someone wishes, causing loneliness or other emotional distress. In Canada, the research shows that 6% of seniors do not have any friends, which leads to social isolation, and loneliness. There are many of us who, although alone are never lonely, as Franci and Ken said. I find myself, at times in Ian's situation looking for time alone so I can rest and recharge my battery. We all have a need to belong no matter what age we are at, and as we age, seniors lose members of their social circle and withdraw from their community. In BC only 67% of seniors feel a connection to their community. I am not sure about other areas but I think the percentages would not be that different. I believe that unless we take steps to try and change this situation, more and more seniors will experience isolation and loneliness which leads to health and care problems.
- Producer13/10/2017Random Thoughts About The WeekI was drinking coffee the other day with a retired guy. He worked as an architect for years. Since I want to take the Interior Architecture course at Cornish, there’s a common interest. He’s also bought a couple drawings I had printed up. He...
Comments14/10/2017 #5 Lisa 🐝 GallagherReally enjoyed this @Mark Blevins. Epic story about the coffee shop! And, couldn't agree more about teens and the loss of control we have no matter what rules they are given. Each child is different. My second pushed me to the limit often. She had and still does have a great heart but she was such a social butterfly in HS, it was hard to hold her back w/out major tiffs going on constantly. I'm glad she grew up! :)
- Producer13/10/2017Tips to learn EnglishTo acquire spoken English skill is the most interesting and rewarding part of learning English. To be able to speak good and grammatically correct English is a big plus in the career market. Even if you speak only a little English, there are many...
- Producer11/10/2017Winning Against the Killer Chorus in Your MindWhen you were a kid, did you ever have that experience when you were swimming in a pool or in a lake on vacation, where you thought to yourself, “I wonder if I can hold my breath and swim from one end of the pool to the other?”There was just you,...
- Producer11/10/2017"Divide et impera"This post is a "part 2" of this one (kind of)It is impossible of course to say for certain (just like 90% of our history), but it seems that Julius Caesar has been attributed to the quote "Divide et impera" which is "Divide and Conquer" in...
Comments11/10/2017 #1 Zacharias 🐝 VoulgarisWell, if history repeats itself, then we'll probably see the collapse of this "empire" as well. In fact, throughout history there are several cases of this kind of totalitarian rule and they all failed. Dar Williams even wrote a very nice song about that (called "The Empire"). I don't know what's more concerning, the fact that many people don't see that this new empirical rule exists, or that those few people behind it expect it to succeed this time...
- Producer11/10/2017Armed & DangerousMy parents named me Corentin, I don't know if it was a reference to a long gone king or to a founding saint who got Brittany's heart pounding. Anyway, I am Corentin G. Seven hundred and eighty. That's the cell number of the prison where I am meant...
Comments14/10/2017 #40 Cyndi wilkins#19 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher...You make a crucial point here... "I think of people like Jeffrey Dahmer as one example. I won't go into gory detail but the way he killed and what he did afterwards will never make sense."
I do not believe that people are inherently 'inhuman'...and certainly this young man behaved as such...cannibalism is a sure sign of chemical disorder in the brain...the body itself becomes 'canabolic' when it is starved of vital nutrients...as seen in those who suffer disorders such as anorexia...I remember seeing an article or interview with Dalmer's father in which he stated that he was very concerned for his unborn child as his wife was a manic depressant and on several mood altering medications during her first trimester of pregnancy...apparently not realizing she was pregnant at the time.
There was an image of the letter he sent to the doctor...and the return answer was of significant concern as the first trimester is crucial to the fetus' developing brain...I'm no scientist...and I'm not defending this young man by any stretch of the imagination...but I would say he was born very mentally ill....That said, his story and life served a higher purpose in educating us all on the dangers of using drugs during pregnancy...Prescription or not...This brings to mind the issue of abortion...but that's a discussion for another time.
A sobering reminder for us all @Pascal Derrien...12/10/2017 #30 Phil Friedman#29 I agree. Let me leave you with this thought: Those who are truly positive about life and living are NOT those who refuse to recognize Evil and its handmaiden, Misfortune. The truly positive of this world are those who fully recognize Evil and Misfortune for what they are and ... spit in their eye.12/10/2017 #29 Pascal Derrien#28 Thanks @Phil Friedman always a constructive point of view :-), I am a very optimistic person in fact :-) but I like exploring dark angles with my inquisitive torch. Crazy stuff is happening all the time no later than 10 days ago my daughter and wife were 5mns away from a mowing car in London... how do we produce these type of individuals in our society is still a question that needs to be answered, I find it being a more relevant interrogation than the 5 ways to..... :-) ?12/10/2017 #28 Phil Friedman#25 You "can", Pascal, but only at the risk of offending the Honey Police. Never forget, life can be exactly as you want it to be, if you just believe in yourself and concentrate on the positive. Or something like that. Anyway, I just sent out 50 or so sympathy notes with that thought to many who lost loved ones in Las Vegas. Cheers!12/10/2017 #27 Harvey Lloyd#24 I wish my POV was unique and i could just be considered a crazy old man. But history of civilizations seem to point towards survival mode, the banning of people and communities to support each other.
Then we evolve into the godlike mode of mans pennicle of achievement and the materialism begins. This is an observation and not a condemnation. My prayer is this epoch will survive its evolution.
We may have grunted and painted on walls or grew to stone tablet writing and now iPads, but the human condition/brain is pretty much the same.
I was given a book that took the Old Testement and turned into novel like narrative, that from a historical perspective, told the tale i speak to. The rise and fall of the Roman Empire along with the Aztecs, Myan’s and many other civilizations seemed to follow the similar patterns.
You ask a valid question and no its not a dark question, but rather a question of self awareness we tend to avoid. To ask it would cause us to look internally, that is the dark place we wish to avoid. Especially when Visa offers us a look at the Disneyland the brain so enjoys.
No you ask the question because you know it must be answered. Dont stop asking or seeking its discussion.
As always you spark real discussion concerning real humanity. Visa will never ask these questions.12/10/2017 #24 Pascal Derrien#22 as often you provide a unique point of view @Harvey Lloyd :-) Is it a sign of the times or can we so gore and brutal as a specie ? I agree with the join the game comment, if you look at corporations who sell hugs and kisses thru their CSR marketing campaigns and intentionally manage their staff to mental exhaustion. All is calm on the surface but altogether very different under the primary line of vision.
- Producer10/10/2017Opinions the study of God and life and deathFact verses fiction, truth verses lies, and then there is theology. Theology is the study of God, the nature of God and religious beliefs. It can also be described as the knowledge and belief we have about God. Those of us who have taken more...
Comments11/10/2017 #1 Harvey LloydWhen we seek justification it will be hard to find Grace. Theology is a fascinating journey to knowledge but can also side track our personal walk with Jesus.
The Bible was written for me and my walk. I must understand and unfold its Grace within my life. Its personal. I enjoy theology but needless to say will never have the personal knowledge the theist has obtained. This is his or her personal walk.
I can not judge nor compare the walk but sharing a short journey with their studies is fascinating.
Grace is a very challenging concept within a world of personal brands. Grace is what humanity requires but also requires the courage to experience those who operate outside of Grace. In a material world it is easy to fall prey to the scorekeeper where Grace is all but abandoned.
These are Biblical times we share as we look at history. Grace has fallen prey to the modern concepts of humanity.
Your post displays this challenge we face as a society.