Who are we?
Question: What forces have shaped humanity most?
Robert Menendez: I think the desire of mankind to be fundamentally free; to be able to fulfill their God-given potential; the desire to be able to advance. In broad terms, I think that has shaped history over centuries. I think religion has also obviously, till this day, shaped humanity. And today we’re in a whole different era which we had become to believe in the Western world that there is a secular side, and there is a religious side, and that there is a divide between that. And we don’t understand why others in the world are driven in a way in which they are driven by their religious beliefs – very fervent religious beliefs. And so I think religion over history has taken us . . . has been part of shaping our experience, and is still involved in shaping our human experience. I think the struggle for freedom in all of its manifestations . . . I think those are two great forces that have shaped history over time and continue to shape history today.
Shaped by a "can do" spirit.
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China's Chang'e 4 biosphere experiment marks a first for humankind.
- China's Chang'e 4 lunar lander touched down on the far side of the moon on January 3.
- In addition to a lunar rover, the lander carried a biosphere experiment that contains five sets of plants and some insects.
- The experiment is designed to test how astronauts might someday grow plants in space to sustain long-term settlements.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
Arranged marriages and Western romantic practices have more in common than we might think.
In his book In Praise of Love (2009), the French communist philosopher Alain Badiou attacks the notion of 'risk-free love', which he sees written in the commercial language of dating services that promise their customers 'love, without falling in love'.
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