Category Archives: Philosophy

Profile: Peter Jailall – Poet and Storeyteller – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Profile: Peter Jailall – Poet and Storeyteller – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Peter-Jailall

Peter-Jailall

Life is a story. If the mother of all literature is poetry then storytelling cannot be far behind. In fact some of the most loved poems are in the form of stories. They can soar the spirit to planets unknown and take one to the deep inner self. Consider Rumi, ‘You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.’

The classrooms have seen effective teachers use both poetry and storytelling as tools to explain the intricacies of language, to hold the attention of students and also to show how the moral of the story is relevant in a present-day context. Peter Jailall has used poems and stories in these settings with much success. He has combined poetry and storytelling in his native Guyana, Canada and the United States to bring to his audience the power of the written and spoken word.   Continue reading

Black Churches in America – By Dr Dhanpaul Narine

Black Churches in America – By Dr Dhanpaul Narine

Black Churches Burned

Black Churches Burned

It is 1758 and a slave reports on the condition of Blacks. He says, ‘the white folks would come in when the colored people would have prayer meetings, and whip every one of them. Most of them thought that when colored people were praying it was against them.’ In 2105 in Charleston, South Carolina, a weapon that was deadlier than the whip was used and it brought tragic results.

Black churches were a cause of concern to the White establishment during and after slavery. A Black congregation was seen as a threat to White supremacy. The congregation was an example of faith, togetherness, and the ownership of property and this did not sit well with Whites. When Whites in the South wanted excitement they would set fire to Black churches. The flames provided relief from boredom and sent a message to Blacks to mind their message and manners.  Continue reading

The Sad Karma of Empire – an analysis of the American Empire – Philip Farruggio

The Sad Karma of Empire

As the American culture becomes more violent with each day, we must ask ourselves: would there actually be groups like ISIS if not for what America did in Afghanistan and Iraq? We need to realize how much bad karma this empire has accrued.

Published: June 30, 2015 | Authors: Philip Farruggio | NationofChange | Op-Ed

To this writer, empire is not exactly what the dictionary defines it as:  A group of nations or peoples ruled over by an emperor, empress or other sovereign or government; usually a territory of greater extent than a kingdom. Another definition can be found stating: A powerful and important enterprise or holding of large scope that is controlled by a single person, family or group of associates.

Putting these two definitions together, one can perhaps begin to understand what our American Empire looks like. The heinous marriage between mega wealth via corporate capitalism and elected government. The first born  bastard child they named The Military Industrial Empire!  Continue reading

Suicides in Guyana: Hinduism NOT a risk factor – by Veda Nath Mohabir

letters_iconSuicides in Guyana: Hinduism NOT a risk factor

Letter by Veda Nath Mohabir

I find two oddities in The Daily Chronicle, June 29 report (by Tejram Mohabir) on suicides in Guyana.  http://guyanachronicle.com/regional-health-conference-hears-suicide-appears-to-be-a-culture-among-east-indians-in-guyana-suriname-and-trinidad-and-tobago/

Religion was cited as a ‘common risk factor’ for suicide among Guyanese (along with Trinidadian and Surinamese) East Indians: “In Guyana, Dr. Harry identified culture and to a lesser extent religion as common risk factors of suicide. “ with “30 percent [of those committing suicides] each are Hindus and Pentecostals”.   Continue reading

How to fix a broken school? Lead fearlessly, love hard – Linda Cliatt-Wayman

Filmed May 2015 at TEDWomen 2015

Linda Cliatt-Wayman: How to fix a broken school? Lead fearlessly, love hard

On Linda Cliatt-Wayman’s first day as principal at a failing high school in North Philadelphia, she was determined to lay down the law. But she soon realized the job was more complex than she thought. With palpable passion, she shares the three principles that helped her turn around three schools labeled “low-performing and persistently dangerous.” Her fearless determination to lead — and to love the students, no matter what — is a model for leaders in all fields.   Continue reading

Charlie Charlie Challenge – Just a silly internet fad!!!???

Charlie Charlie Challenge – Just a silly internet fad!!!???

Charlie Charlie Twitter

Posted: 31 May 2015 – compiled by the St Stanislaus College Blog

http://m.snopes.com/2015/05/26/charlie-charlie-challenge/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/26/charlie-charlie-challenge_n_7439434.html
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/technology/charlie-charlie-challenge-heres-everything-5760769
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/weird-news/charlie-charlie-challenge-explained-its-not-a-mexican-demon-being-summoned–its-gravity-10276557.html   Continue reading

Top Twelve Books of the Decade – selected by The Delanceyplace.com

Top Twelve Books of the Decade – selected by The Delanceyplace.com

The prizeThis is the tenth anniversary of delanceyplace.com, and to celebrate we are doing three things. First, we are announcing our top books of the decade–all listed below. Second, we have tabulated all the many votes we received from our readers for best selections of the decade, and will be emailing them one-by-one in a countdown over the next couple of weeks. Lastly, we’ve randomly drawn ten names from among all those who submitted their choices, and will be sending a copy of all of our top books to each of the winners.

I’ve read roughly 1500 books in the past decade, but since Google tells us there have been 129,864,880 books published in modern history, it seems like the smallest possible drop in the bucket. I tried over the last couple of months to narrow down these 1500 books into my own personal top ten.   Continue reading

Rethinking infidelity … a talk for anyone who has ever loved – Esther Perel -TED Video

Rethinking infidelity … a talk for anyone who has ever loved – Esther Perel

Esther Perel

Esther Perel

21:31 minutes · Filmed Mar 2015 · Posted May 2015 · TED2015

Infidelity is the ultimate betrayal. But can a relationship recover? Relationship therapist Esther Perel examines why people cheat, and unpacks why affairs are so traumatic: because they threaten our emotional security.

In infidelity, she sees something unexpected — an expression of longing and loss. A must-watch for anyone who has ever cheated or been cheated on, or who simply wants a new framework for understanding how we love.   [click link below to view the video] Continue reading

A Few Beautiful Thoughts About Life – By Rishika Jain’s Inspirations

A Few Beautiful Thoughts About Life

It’s a hard life sometimes, but a life in which happiness is possible is also beautiful, and the path to a beautiful life is paved with beautiful thoughts, beautiful outlooks, that bring a smile and spread happiness to others. I hope you enjoy these words of inspiration

life thoughts

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The Souls of Black Folk – by W. E. B. Du Bois + videos

W. E. B. Du Bois

APRIL 24, 2015 – http://worldisafrica.org/2015/04/24/the-souls-of-black-folk-by-w-e-b-du-bois/

The Souls of Black Folk –  by W. E. B. Du Bois

“Herein lie buried many things which, if read with patience, may show the strange meaning of being black here in the dawning of the 20th century. This meaning is not without interest to you, Gentle Reader; for the problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line”.

 This prophecy may have seemed far-fetched when first published in 1903, but it was to prove more and more compelling as the century advanced. Its author was WEB du Bois, the greatest of the early civil-rights leaders, a figure of towering significance in American politics and letters, whose life and work are – alas – little known on this side of the Atlantic.  Continue reading

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