The missing link in rising depression rates?

Culture 03/30/19, 11:30

We’re currently in the throes of winter. Or perhaps that’s second winter, or even third. With the multiple rounds of snow and cold, it’s easy to lose track of where we are. For those of us in northern climes, it’s easy to get the winter blues. A lack of sunshine and ...

‘It’s more blessed to give than to take…’

Culture 03/29/19, 06:41

People that live in Western countries tend to believe in the concept of ‘cycle of kindness,’ while people living in Eastern countries believe in the ‘Causal Principle’ – they share the belief that when someone does good deeds, they will be rewarded, but when someone does bad deeds, they will ...

Does America need a ‘Civic Great Awakening’?

Culture 03/28/19, 22:26

When it comes to the direction of society Americans (surprisingly) agree: things are not getting better. That’s the conclusion one quickly draws from a recent Pew Research report which asks what America will look like in 2050. As the chart below shows, Americans think the country will be less important on ...

Rest and quiet contemplation: we need more

Culture 03/28/19, 09:52

At meetings, conferences, receptions, and even during casual conversations I’m inevitably asked if I saw so-and-so on the stir-the-pot talk show last night or if I listened to talking-head-Bob this afternoon on his critique-everything radio show. Inevitably, my answer is, “No.” The same sorts of questions arise when it comes to the ...

‘The Hill of Crosses’ – A place where you can revive your truest beliefs

Culture 03/26/19, 05:38

In a quiet suburb located in the beautiful country of Lithuania, ‘The Hill of Crosses’ stands quaintly as it witnesses years of historical ups and downs, its population’s enduring faith, and their eternally steadfast character. When the wind gently blows through the fields of the peaceful Siauliai countryside, strings of jade ...

Should you give up your metro seat to a pregnant woman?

Culture 03/25/19, 06:34

Should you give up your seat on public transport to a pregnant woman? Probably a majority of people would answer “yes” to that question. But how does that work in practice? The London Underground has a creative solution. They offer expectant mothers a white button to wear that says “Baby on ...

Jewish wisdom: Four lessons to give children their independence

Culture 03/25/19, 06:33

There is a common saying among people of the Jewish faith: “adversity brings wisdom.” Israel has a huge Jewish demographic. The country faces near-constant conflict with neighbouring countries and often suffers a scarcity of natural resources,  but it is still a nation of strength and integrity in a number of ...

No, Mr. Rogers isn’t responsible for the entitlement culture

Culture 03/24/19, 04:34

To Mr. Rogers, having inherent value did not mean one would have an easy journey on the road to success. The documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? deservedly made many lists of 10 best movies of 2018. It is a riveting film on the power of love. Years after his death, ...

Why one inner city college is bringing back Plato

Culture 03/23/19, 03:00

If we’ve learned anything in recent months, it is that the race, gender, or orientation of an author matters far more than the content of his or her book. As a result, many colleges are abandoning the works of literature which have long laid the foundation of western civilization. Being ...

Why atheists are not as rational as some like to think

Culture 03/22/19, 11:27

Many atheists think that their atheism is the product of rational thinking. They use arguments such as “I don’t believe in God, I believe in science” to explain that evidence and logic, rather than supernatural belief and dogma, underpin their thinking. But just because you believe in evidence-based, scientific research ...

Medieval wisdom on healing personal discouragement

Culture 03/20/19, 21:40

Who among us has not suffered discouragement, doubt, or sadness? When such feelings arise, we may hope a friend or loved one will help lift our spirit; we are disappointed when they don’t. We may attempt to dull our unhappy feelings through distractions or dysfunctional behavior. Many people when asked can ...

A gentleman ‘s virtue compared to jade

Culture 03/19/19, 21:24

In ancient times, the qualities that connected jade gemstones and gentlemen were used to discipline and inspire scholars and officials alike. The ancient Chinese used metaphors to refer to and muse about emotional or spiritual states. Some were comparable to the precious jade gemstone since its qualities resemble the gentleman’s virtue. Jade ...

To master self-control is to never yield to the wind

Culture 03/18/19, 10:49

If somebody verbally attacks you, criticizes you or humiliates you, how do you choose to react? Are you likely to react with anger, become furious and perhaps scold them? Act with self-restraint and calmly accept it? Or just simply leisurely ignore it? This story of the Buddha is an example of ...

Life’s great teachers

Culture 03/18/19, 05:53

Nobody can keep going to school forever, but in life, we never stop learning. There are many lessons that life brings us from outside of the classroom, each situation, each knock, each space we inhabit, brings with it a new lesson to be learned. There are quiet teachers accompanying us ...

Fables of faith: Two moral stories for readers of all ages

Culture 03/17/19, 01:35

Sometimes the hardest lessons to learn are the ones that end up meaning the most to us. And sometimes the best way to learn is from somebody else’s example. Two fables passed down through generations perfectly exemplify the virtues of goodwill and faith. These stories are for everyone, as are the ...

Adults have a lot to learn from children’s innocence

Culture 03/15/19, 20:45

It’s a commonly held belief that only children can learn from adults. Albeit that can be true, it is also true that if adults changed their perspective, they would discover that there is a lot to be learned by observing little ones. Children are better teachers than we think: they have ...