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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Can sensitive coral reefs survive another human generation?
- Coral reefs may not be able to survive another human decade because of the environmental stress we have placed on them, says author David Wallace-Wells. He posits that without meaningful changes to policies, the trend of them dying out, even in light of recent advances, will continue.
- The World Wildlife Fund says that 60 percent of all vertebrate mammals have died since just 1970. On top of this, recent studies suggest that insect populations may have fallen by as much as 75 percent over the last few decades.
- If it were not for our oceans, the planet would probably be already several degrees warmer than it is today due to the emissions we've expelled into the atmosphere.
They didn't know it, but the rituals of Iron Age Scandinavians turned their iron into steel.
- Iron Age Scandinavians only had access to poor quality iron, which put them at a tactical disadvantage against their neighbors.
- To strengthen their swords, smiths used the bones of their dead ancestors and animals, hoping to transfer the spirit into their blades.
- They couldn't have known that in so doing, they actually were forging a rudimentary form of steel.
Michael Dowling, Northwell Health's CEO, believes we're entering the age of smart medicine.
- The United States health care system has much room for improvement, and big tech may be laying the foundation for those improvements.
- Technological progress in medicine is coming from two fronts: medical technology and information technology.
- As information technology develops, patients will become active participants in their health care, and value-based care may become a reality.
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