Can love be taught?
Dr. Chopra has been a teacher to me through his writings. I am in absolute agreement that love can be taught. By love, I refer to the concept of loving kindness espoused by Tibetan Buddhism and other thought traditions. I live my life by daily offering some personal form of the beautiful Hindu idea of "Namaste", loosely translated as "the devine in me recognizes the devine in you"; sometimes buying coffee and tea for those folks lined up behind me at a popular cafe, or giving a bookstore gift card to the cashier frantically working her register. The personal discipline guiding these gestures must be that there are no strings attached, no quid pro quo and are meant say to a fellow human being, "I appreciate you although I don’t know you. Please accept a small token of that appreciation given in humility." Sounds corny, perhaps IS corny, but it has been my daily practice going on several years. Now a cup of tea for free does not love decree, but it's a start.
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A new study explores how certain personality traits affect individuals' attitudes on obesity in others.
- The study compared personality traits and obesity views among more than 3,000 mothers.
- The results showed that the personality traits neuroticism and extraversion are linked to more negative views and behaviors related to obesity.
- People who scored high in conscientiousness are more likely to experience "fat phobia.
Meanwhile, Spaniards are the least likely to say their culture is superior to others.
- Survey by Pew Research Center shows great variation in chauvinism across Europe.
- Eight most chauvinist countries are in the east, and include Russia.
- British much more likely than French (and slightly more likely than Germans) to say their culture is "superior" to others.
The history of the Geneva Conventions tells us how the international community draws the line on brutality.
- Henry Dunant's work led to the Red Cross and conventions on treating prisoners humanely.
- Four Geneva Conventions defined the rules for prisoners of war, torture, naval and medical personnel and more.
- Amendments to the agreements reflect the modern world but have not been ratified by all countries.
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