Category Archives: Philosophy

Climate Disruption: Thought of the Week – By Rosaliene Bacchus

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Show the Love

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Video: I wish for you…

Show the love this Valentine’s Day

Beautiful things are possible. We can protect this life we love from climate change, if enough of us show we care… The changes needed to protect our world have begun. We can have 100% clean energy within a generation – but it needs us to show our love to make it happen.
~ Author Michael Morpurgo and actors Jeremy Irons and Maxine Peake in a short film, I wish for you… from fortheloveof.org.uk

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Philosophy for All Ages, especially in Old Age – by George Carlin… video

Philosophy for Old Age – by George Carlin… video

Uploaded on Jul 18, 2010 

Wise words attributed to the late George Carlin, one of America’s great comedians, on how to stay young. It should be called “Philosophy for All Ages.” Background music: “Godspeed” from the Time Machine soundtrack, composed by Klaus Badelt.

Episodes in the life of Rory Westmaas – Letter by Nigel Westmaas

Episodes in the life of Rory Westmaas

My Uncle Rory passed away on January 24, 2016. He meant a lot to his family, to his many friends and to Guyana. As we offer our solidarity with Rory’s children Peta, Blaise, Storm and Wilde, I thought I would compose some brief quotes on episodes and vignettes from his often larger than life political contribution and experiences.

He was an independence movement titan and a passionate shooter from the hip against colonialism, classism and race. But he was also a fun uncle to have, always engaged in his legerdemain bag of tricks. He often made one or more of his fingers disappear in front of our eyes. I recall one time when he made a marble “disappear” from his hand and end up in a shoe across the hall. To this day I can’t figure out how he accomplished that feat.   Continue reading

Do You Know What Martin Luther King Jr. Did? – by Hamden Rice – Daily Kos

Do You Know What Martin Luther King Jr. Did? – by Hamden RiceDaily Kos

Dr. Martin Luther King

Dr. Martin Luther King

Reposted on the anniversary of the celebration of the birthday of Rev. King. MB

This will be a very short diary. It will not contain any links or any scholarly references. It is about a very narrow topic, from a very personal, subjective perspective. The topic at hand is what Martin Luther King actually did, what it was that he actually accomplished.

What most people who reference Dr. King seem not to know is how Dr. King actually changed the subjective experience of life in the United States for African Americans. And yeah, I said for African Americans, not for Americans, because his main impact was his effect on the lives of African Americans, not on Americans in general. His main impact was not to make white people nicer or fairer. That’s why some of us who are African Americans get a bit possessive about his legacy. Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy, despite what our civil religion tells us, is not colour blind.

Here is what Martin Luther King, Jr. actually did:   Continue reading

A New Story of the People – video by Sustainable Human

A New Story of the People – video by Sustainable Human

“A New Story of the People” examines the role that stories play in how we think about ourselves and each other and offers a glimpse at a new emerging story that can help bring about a more sustainable world.

Participate in helping humanity change the story of the world: http://sustainablehuman.me/

Why We Exist             …………. 

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Our loss of wisdom – Barry Schwartz – TED video

Our loss of wisdom – Barry Schwartz – 2.6 million+ views

Barry Schwartz makes a passionate call for “practical wisdom” as an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy. He argues powerfully that rules often fail us, incentives often backfire, and practical, everyday wisdom will help rebuild our world.

“A wise person knows when and how to make the exception to every rule. A wise person knows how to improvise. Real-world problems are often ambiguous and ill-defined and the context is always changing. A wise person is like a jazz musician — using the notes on the page, but dancing around them, inventing combinations that are appropriate for the situation and the people at hand.” –  Barry Schwartz

The Year 2016: Personal Challenges! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The Year 2016: Personal Challenges! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

T he New Year will bring its own challenges. What does it mean for the average person?

The tablet of Steve Jobs offers a good guide. Jobs says, ‘ Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other opinions drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.’ Mr. Jobs could have added that technology is great but you can’t let it rule your life. You need to disconnect in order to connect!   Continue reading

“History Shelves” – Poem by Caribbean-American Poet Sassy Ross

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Father and Daughter
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My Poetry Corner January 2016 features the poem “History Shelves” by Caribbean-American poet Sassy Ross. Born in St. Lucia, at the age of ten, she moved to the USA where she lives in New York City. From a sample of fifteen of her poems, recently published in Coming Up Hot: Eight New Poets from the Caribbean by Peekash Press, this poem explores the poet’s troubled relationship with her father. Using the bookcase filled with “books dense as stone tablets / on a pharaoh’s tomb,” in their family room, Ross recalls those early years of their history together.

The poet’s memory of her father is enmeshed with the drug culture in the Caribbean in the 1980s. In her poem “The Rottweiler,” she and her mother go in search of her father the drug addict. Late at night, their Rottweiler alerts them when her father…

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Robert Waldinger: What makes a good life? Lessons on happiness – TED Video

Robert Waldinger: What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.  [Video Link Below] Continue reading

Imagined Nations – By Uri Avnery – commentary

Imagined Nations

By Uri Avnery – 26/12/2015

TWO WEEKS ago, Benedict Anderson died. Or, as we say in Hebrew, “went to his world”.

Anderson, an Irishman born in China, educated in England, fluent in several South Asian languages, had a large influence on my intellectual world.

I owe a lot to his most important book, “Imagined Communities”.

EACH OF us has a few books that formed and changed his or her world view.

In my early youth I read Oswald Spengler‘s monumental “Der Untergang des Abendlandes” (The Decline of the West). It had a lasting effect on me.   Continue reading

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