How not to be boring

Culture 11/19/18, 10:11

The key to not be boring is to honestly express the deeper-self. What does this mean? It means that throughout life we are constantly engaging with objects and people, whether it is through what we say, what we do or a look that we give. Everything of our experience of life emanates ...

Students at this Mexican school love their weekly ‘peace class’

Culture 11/17/18, 03:47

Meditation is profoundly beneficial for people of all ages, and that certainly includes young children. Just ask the principal at one Montessori School in Mexico. She has arranged the students to learn a specific type of meditation, and the principles behind it, in their weekly “peace class.” There is a highly ...

The Dialectics of Pooh

Culture 11/16/18, 11:40

Dialectics also means to investigate both sides of an argument to delve into higher understanding of it. For example, the discourse between good vs evil; light vs darkness is one that tries find Truth -the nature of things irregardless of our own perspectives- yet, a higher dialectic to be arrived at ...

Eastern Philosophy: Wuwei

Culture 11/12/18, 03:25

"Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash." - Bruce Lee ...

Man’s origin found in ancient Sumerian tablets

Culture 11/09/18, 03:44

Sumer’s city Eridu was first inhabited in 5400 BC in the southernmost region of ancient Mesopotamia (today’s Iraq). It is the earliest civilization known on Earth, it was also an inexplicably advanced civilization. The Sumerians invented the wheel, the plow, writing, the modern calendar, irrigation system, sailboats, the counting system, ...

The dog that went to prison

Culture 11/07/18, 17:01

In 1924, a black Irish setter received a life sentence at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. He was a dog called Pep.Pep was arrested in his home for the murder of the cat belonging to the wife of governor Griffin Pinchot. Did playtime get too rough? Or was it viciously premeditated? It ...

Food for thoughts: Our civilization as an entity

Culture 11/06/18, 11:19

What is the nature of society? What are its characteristics? Can it be drawn? What would it look like? From the fundamentalist perspective, society is an ongoing expression of information exchange. Different ethnicities, bringing different sets of values, constantly merging together or existing in isolation to each other. This is to ...

A history of fake news

Culture 11/03/18, 09:24

The earliest account of fake news was found in ancient time. Around 1274 BC, the Egyptian pharaoh, Ramses II claimed victory over the Hittite people at the battle of Kadesh. The victory of the battle was sculpted in stone and became a subject of mass celebration. It was later discovered ...

How dogs make us love them

Culture 10/31/18, 11:54

Dogs have gone through a long process of evolution to become domesticated. And in that process, they have for the most part relinquished their howls to communicate non-verbally with us, humans. Now, the moment we look a dog in its eye is the moment a deep understanding that fosters an ...

Our Modern World’s Inability to Understand Fairy Tales

Culture 10/30/18, 13:11

It’s not fair. This refrain—so quick to be invoked by young children, who seem to develop a thirst for justice very young indeed—may seem like a curious place to begin in defense of fairy tales. But let me explain. But to backtrack a little further first—well, the latest salvo against fairy tales comes ...

Cultures Around the Globe

Culture 10/30/18, 11:44

The Netherlands (the Dutch) The Dutch capital city, Amsterdam, is home to 30% foreigners; and is known to be one of the strongest expat communities worldwide. A big part of their history involves welcoming foreigners to the country. Now the Dutch are famous for how tolerant they are. The Dutch ...

Why Stoicism is the only philosophy you will ever need

Culture 10/29/18, 11:52

We can’t control what happens to us, we can’t control what others think of us, we can’t control our wealth, reputation or even our bodies, which get injured and sick and ultimately thrown underground without any regards to our preferences. We can only really control how we think about things. Founded in ...

The Great Wall of India: an ancient structure forgotten for generations

Culture 10/29/18, 11:38

Almost everybody has heard of the famous Great Wall of China, but surprisingly few know that in India there exists an ancient and beautiful wall of similar architectural significance. Shorter than the  Great wall of China but quite its equal in presence, staggering design and history. The structure, affectionately known as ...

One habit to true happiness (Video)

Culture 10/28/18, 19:35

Whether we know it or not, each one of us runs on a program to alleviate suffering and maximize happiness. Here are the most common programs: I want things and more things, I want everything! I want more friends, and stronger bonds with loved ones. Me, give me more love and ...

Happiness code deciphered

Culture 10/26/18, 12:37

What determines happiness? Each person would perhaps have their own personal definition. However, scientists have for years, attempted to determine the true source, in an effort to decipher what it is that makes people truly happy.   In 1988, Dr Howard Dickinson, was writing his doctorate thesis titled “What determines happiness” ...

A window into the soul: Nighthawks

Culture 10/25/18, 12:36

On delving deeper into artist Edward Hooper's 1942 masterpiece Reconciling Hopper’s Nighthawks with language has been a practice of trying to locate the soul with a microscope. The rationale is struck by the realization that to fathom the fathomless is to leave ever more so conflicted, finding naught but an acquired ...

Two Beloved Teachers

Culture 10/24/18, 12:27

Respecting teachers and their wise teachings is ingrained in traditional Chinese culture. According to The Book of Rites, “Respecting teachers makes one value knowledge; valuing knowledge helps promote learning.” Standard of Conduct: Confucius' Teachings Confucius is one of the most acclaimed sages in ancient China. It is said that he taught about 3,000 ...

The invisible threat to our human race

Culture 10/24/18, 03:21

As devoutly as Ancient Egyptians prayed to the rising sun for a blessed harvest, in modern days we have found our prayers answered through man-made gods. Whereas the Egyptians found their sustenance in solar orbit, we have found ours in gravitation around ’creativity & innovation’. Instantaneous communication everywhere with everyone around ...