Category Archives: Education and Society
What is corruption? The dictionary defines it as follows…
- Degrading, immoral acts or habits:
- Departure from what is legally, ethically, and morally correct:
- A term that offends against established usage standards:
The definitions above will tell us what it is, but not why it is?
The dynamic & driving principle of Life is “Survival”. No matter what we do, we are either trying to survive or working to enhance our potential to survive. Fundamental “Needs” for survival are food, sleep, clothing, home, physical security etc in that order.
When these needs are met, “Wants” develop for extra “Pleasures” – physical, emotional & intellectual – in that order. This is the most crucial stage in humans, where aberrations may take over the management of human minds. The aberration is – inability to distinguish between needs and wants with their inherent value for survival. The inability to acquire without robbing others fortifies this. Sense of shame is lost!
Needs ensure survival – wants do not. Wealth, power, prosperity, multiple possessions, fame etc. are all wants of varying denominations & degrees – which demand sacrificing basic survival needs like food & sleep. This means wants can drive anyone towards contra-survival … as they breed greed! Read the rest of this entry
These 4 words represented “enigmatic concepts” all along the evolution of modern Humans. These 4 words are often used in general conversations, hardly clearly understood, but eloquently lectured on by the so called elite and the ignorant alike, in equal measure – which hardly makes any sense to a rationalist – when scientifically inspected or examined. The best way to attempt clear understanding of a concept is to dig into its fundamental definition and how it is sourced or engendered. Mathematical approach is the simplest – as it is the language of Science. Look at the following summation of components …
GOD = Generator + Operator + Destroyer
OR alternately with equivalents such as …
GOD = Creator + Sustainer + Transformer
The above describes summarily … with great all-encompassing accuracy! Read the rest of this entry
What is an “Understanding”? Standing under something? Does standing out under a tree amount to being “Outstanding”? How do we understand to understand –OR- Learn how to learn?
Normally when querying minds try to decipher the real meanings of words, often confusion is the result. Let us take a look at the genesis of language itself. As humans evolved in different geographical pockets, they found the need to communicate with one another – and hence started with “sign language” to make the others get the message.
They then added a sound (arbitrary) to the gesture to create an association among the sounds, objects and the messages. They kept refining the sounds, adding more and more with more and more objects and then the subjects … a process of evolution.
Names were given to all forms of living & nonliving – for common identification by all with regard to each object. Naming became the order for humans too … along with animals, plants birds etc. Evolution accelerates evolution, which we all know by experience of our own lives. Then, to the sounds, symbols were attached or associated … creating various scripts for each language, confined to each pocket, group, territory etc. As groups and territories merged to become larger and larger, corresponding expansion happened in words & scripts.
If people could not exchange their feelings & thoughts – world would never have progressed to this stage. Language (sounds & scripts) played the most important role in this process. We are still struggling with translations – to be able to understand others who do not speak our language. Ultimately, language is nothing but common agreement for co-relation of sounds & symbols with subjects & objects. Read the rest of this entry
It is interesting to see the connections among the trio … Mind-Body-Money.
We all know through the spiritual science that the Body is nothing but the physical manifestation of the Mind which is non-material (Mass less). Medical science also confirms the psycho-somatic interrelationships. Hence whatever happens in the body – its influence reflects in the Mind in functionality – and vice versa. If body is in pain, Mind cannot do even simple functions like looking & reading some text on a paper. A great singer may not be able to render a bit of pleasant tune vocally – while suffering from dysentery or diarrhea. A trained body builder & weight lifter may find … 5Kg too heavy to carry if he suddenly receives the news of accident of his near ones. People faint just by looking at blood. Healthy body – healthy mind. Sick mind – sick body.
You can safely compare the human Mind as the software & Body the hardware in the modern lingo of computer age.
In the case of a computer, both hardware & software are created and developed by humans and integrated into one system for functionality. But in the case of humans, Mind is self born and self developing or transforming – while totally controlling the body throughout the life span. Read the rest of this entry
WORDS TO LIVE BY – Author/Physician Shigeaki Hinohara
By JUDIT KAWA GUCHI
Japan’s 97-year-old physician educator offers advice for seniors ~ Japan Times
At the age of 97 years and 4 months, Shigeaki Hinohara is one of the world’s longest-serving physicians and educators. Hinohara’s magic touch is legendary: Since 1941 he has been healing patients at St. Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo and teaching at St. Luke’s College of Nursing . A fter World War II, he envisioned a world-class hospital and college springing from the ruins of Tokyo ; thanks to his pioneering spirit and business savvy, the doctor turned these institutions into the nation’s top medical facility and nursing school. Today he serves as chairman of the board of trustees at both organizations. A lways willing to try new things, he has published around 150 books since his 75th birthday, including “Living Long, Living Good” that has sold more than 1.2 million copies. A s the founder of the New Elderly Movement, Hinohara encourages others to live a long and happy life, a quest in which no role model is better than the doctor himself.
Energy comes from feeling good, not from eating well or sleeping a lot.
We all remember how as children, when we were having fun, we often forgot to eat or sleep. I believe that we can keep that attitude as adults, too. It’s best not to tire the body with too many rules such as lunchtime and bedtime.
All people who live long regardless of nationality, race or gender share one thing in common: None are overweight.
For breakfast I drink coffee, a glass of milk and some orange juice with a tablespoon of olive oil in it. Olive oil is great for the arteries and keeps my skin healthy. Lunch is milk and a few cookies, or nothing when I am too busy to eat. I never get hungry because I focus on my work. Dinner is veggies, a bit of fish and rice, and, twice a week, 100 grams of lean meat.
Always plan ahead.
My schedule book is already full until 2014, with lectures and my usual hospital work. In 2016 I’ll have some fun, though: I plan to attend the Tokyo Olympics!