Archive for the ‘Introspection’ Category

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On Saturday night, Darkeu screened this video to tens of thousands of Israelis, gathered in Rabin Square, who watched in stunned silence. Twenty-two years ago to the day, at that very spot, Yitzhak Rabin was murdered after months of the sort of incitement, hate and violence that is once again rising in Israel. On Saturday, Israel’s moderate majority gathered in the square, united in determination to never again let extremists determine their country’s future.

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It never crossed my mind that an idea that began to take shape years ago to heal divisions among nations would be as urgently needed to bridge divides within our own country.

Today, I am proud to announce how Empatico will help address the major challenges that our nation and world face in terms of growing alienation, hatred, and the inability to listen to one another.

Fifteen years ago, as I was traveling across the Middle East and the world to build a grassroots Movement to amplify the voice of Israeli and Palestinian moderates, I was struck by a concern shared by everyone with whom I spoke. Each side felt that their people was misunderstood and mischaracterized. Tensions were at an all-time high, but it was clear that each group’s desire was similar: Muslim, Christian or Jew, Arab or Israeli, secular or religious, they wanted to tell their stories and where they were coming from. They wanted to be treated with dignity and respect. [Read more →]

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Weighing a big decision? Here’s what experts say about when to go with your gut or your rational brain—or some combination of both.
By Elizabeth Bernstein

You have an important decision to make. You’ve done research, made a list of the pros and cons, asked friends and family for advice.
When should you just trust your gut?

Scientists, authors and motivational speakers (plus plenty of moms) have long touted the power of intuition—our mind’s ability to understand something without the need for conscious reasoning. Think of all the recommendations you’ve heard: “Put the problem away and come back to it later.” “Intuition doesn’t lie.” “Sleep on it.”

Many studies support this advice, showing that the decisions we make unconsciously, before our rational mind can get involved, are often better. But not always. [Read more →]

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Captain Fantastic

Published under Introspection Oct 02, 2017

My wife and I recently saw Captain Fantastic. I highly recommend it! It was thought provoking — about parenting, modern society, capitalism, and life in general. Strong, powerful, sad, entertaining and very well done. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen such a good movie.

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By STEVE HARTMAN CBS NEWS

NEW YORK — This week we saw what a trillion gallons of water can cover. But more importantly, we saw what it can uncover — our potential as a nation.

I know it seems like eons ago, but remember what was in the news before this? Remember when nothing was more important to America than the fate of a Confederate statue? We were literally at each other’s throats over race, religion, immigration and, of course, politics.

And then Harvey came and pounded us with perspective.

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The 20-something heads of the Centrist Project and the Millennial Action Project say the problems of America run deeper than just the current President. Source: CNN

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This is exactly how I feel.

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Photo Credit:  AMIR COHEN/REUTERS

Bradley Burston writes, “[F]or three solid days, Netanyahu, who has something to say about just about everything, had nothing whatsoever to say about Charlottesville….And when, at long last, he decided to post something about Charlottesville, he and his staff managed to compose a tweet so mealy-mouthed, that it far surpassed Trump’s outrageous original statement for sheer opacity and intentional lack of focus….This is the message of Netanyahu’s silence regarding Charlottesville: I am not the prime minister of the Jewish people. I am the prime minister of all of the Jewish people who are right-wing, pro-settlement, anti-Palestinian, pro-Me.”

“The easiest task for an American president to perform – the very easiest – is to unreservedly condemn Nazism,” The Atlantic Editor-in Chief Jeffrey Goldberg tweeted on Monday. “There is nothing easier.” [Read more →]

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Quote of the week

Published under Favorite Quotes, Introspection Mar 22, 2017

“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.”

- Chinese Proverb

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