I've always been interested in ruined cities, from those buried in the sands of Egypt to those like this one in the jungles of Belize.For beyond the thrill of exploring them, I'm fascinated by what they tell us about the follies of humanity.And what we can learn from them, at a time when the very survival of the planet is threatened.Especially the lesson that when we challenge nature, we can only LOSE.Read more »
Us humans seem to have trouble keeping the big picture in focus while we faff about feeling important about ourselves. Mother Nature just doesn’t have time for us or our problems. It is nice to be reminded of that periodically.
Filed under: Education Tagged: Context, Humanity, Mother Nature
If we are a caring society. If we acknowledge that there are a myriad of reasons why a community’s homeless population is homeless. If we thought we should invest our tax dollars and take advantage of good research, good experience, good pilot projects and professionals to address homelessness and other problems. If we were interested in treating people as people instead of the poorn or poor bashing of dehumanizing people. If all this…we could fix homlessness and address many or all of the things that lead to homelessness and preventable human suffering. Here’s how.
Give homeless people homes.
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Okay, religion might not poison everything.
Christians attend a gay pride event apologizing for the crummy behaviour of many of their churches.
And the response…
Thanks Buzzfeed for a little pick me up today.
Filed under: Housekeeping Tagged: Christians getting it right, Humanity, It ain’t all bad
It’s from last year but still resonates with power.
The more we call a murderer an animal or treat a hero like a god, we not only dehumanize them, we dehumanize ourselves.
What differentiates us from animals is our higher consciousness, treating any other person like a wild animal to be put down or a deity to be worshiped strips them of their humanity. In failing to be conscious of the fact that a criminal or a celebrity is just like us, we forfeit, at least to a degree, our claim that we are beings of higher understanding, or even of simple cognition.
Instead of seeing violent criminals as
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This is where we come from and what we are doing. It’s not nice, it is mindboggingly stupid. Maybe it all just boils down to brain chemistry, one insanely little microscopic flaw that prevents us from really seeing anything at all…
We all have dreams and hopes for a better future. It is good to remember that there is more that connects us than divides us. Let’s hope that 2013 is a time that we the people remind our elected representatives of this fact.
In regards to defining who we are, for all the importance we place on immaterial feelings, it is ironic that what is thought to make us human is that what makes us the most mechanical. Just as hearing a small baby laugh makes us instantly smile, seein… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Understanding The Mechanics of Human Nature
Happy people dancing on Planet Earth, from Matt Harding’s “Where The Hell is Matt?” YouTube video series. Touching and fun. Humans the world over have more in common than we have differences. * To read Matt’s interesting story, go to the Where The Hell is Matt? website.
Filed under: Science Tagged: Carl Sagan, Humanity, Irony