Re: Humans are not Machines
Just responding to your idea here after seeing your username. I'm not sure if people are moving more towards Nihilism in and of itself, I just think people are really awakeing to the dogma and self righteousness that most Religions teach/preach. You mentioned Buddhism and how you like it. I find Buddhism to be a very personal "religion". It not only helps the person from the core to the shell but once it reaches the shell it affects many more people. Take for instance, a moment of mindfulness, like holding a door open. Not only will you get a thank you, but maybe you'll even see a smile. Throughout the day, quite possibly, the person will remember the kindness and consciously or unconsciously, pay it forward. The world can be a better place, we just have to make it so ourselves, noone can do it for us.
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The Oxfam report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency."
- A new report by Oxfam argues that wealth inequality is causing poverty and misery around the world.
- In the last year, the world's billionaires saw their wealth increase by 12%, while the poorest 3.8 billion people on the planet lost 11% of their wealth.
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Moans, groans, and gripes release stress hormones in the brain.
Could you give up complaining for a whole month? That's the crux of this interesting piece by Jessica Hullinger over at Fast Company. Hullinger explores the reasons why humans are so predisposed to griping and why, despite these predispositions, we should all try to complain less. As for no complaining for a month, that was the goal for people enrolled in the Complaint Restraint project.
Participants sought to go the entirety of February without so much as a moan, groan, or bellyache.
- Facebook and Google began as companies with supposedly noble purposes.
- Creating a more connected world and indexing the world's information: what could be better than that?
- But pressure to return value to shareholders came at the expense of their own users.
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