May 092012
 
Thinking by Shopping Diva

We live in an age of information overload. There are so many people out there telling us what we should do and what is good for us. The problem is that not all of these views agree. There are always two sides to the story at least. If we listen to and follow the “wrong side” of the story when it comes to making an important choice, we will have misfortune.

So which is the right side? What is the best choice? How do we separate the good and useful views from the ones that are not so good and useful?
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Jan 172012
 
Sharing their Inner Worlds by Horton Group

The way we perceive and remember events is unique to us. Two people can share a unique and pleasant experience together and yet walk away with different memories of that event. Let us say that a couple had a wonderful date together. This does not mean that they will have the exact same view or memories of events. Their memories might focus on different parts of the date that matters to them. As time passes, they might remember the date in different ways for different reasons.

Memories are unique. It links our past, present and future together with all those who are a vital part of our lives. But the sad truth is that no one will really know what our full thoughts and memories are except ourselves. That is unless we do something about it.
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Jul 062011
 
Elephant without the Blind Men by http2007

The Blind Men and an Elephant

A long time ago, a king asked six blind men to discern what an elephant looked like by feeling different parts of its body. The blind man who felt its leg concluded that the elephant was like a pillar. Another who felt its tail surmised that it was like a rope. The one who felt its trunk said it was like a tree branch. The man who felt its ear said the elephant was like a hand fan. Feeling the elephant’s belly, another blind man sagely replied that the elephant was like a wall. Lastly, the one who felt its tusk said it was like a solid pipe.

The king acknowledged that they were all right, but only partially so. He then explained that each of the blind men had touched a different part of the elephant. But in truth, the elephant was the sum of all of those parts.
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Mar 302011
 
Quarrel by Jonah Sng

I have been watching my favourite drama serial Return of the Condor Heroes lately. In the course of the show, I noticed that misunderstandings advance the story. For some reason or other, the male and female lovers always seem to get the wrong idea. As a result, they have many partings and reunions. How differently things would have turned out if they had taken the trouble to clarify their doubts.

In one scene, the female lead chances upon her lover while he is putting on a show. His aim is to mediate a conflict between two brothers. But due to the lie he made up, the female lead assumes he no longer loved her and leaves in tears. While the scene makes a very dramatic story, it is just as easy for us to get the wrong idea in real life. What then can we do to avoid misunderstandings?
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Mar 152011
 
Aftermath of Sendai Earthquake by Wikipedia

A few days ago, everything was running smoothly in Japan. Today, the country is struggling to cope with the aftermath of an epic disaster. It is hard to look at the crisis that has hit Japan and not feel saddened by the great loss of lives. Meanwhile, the survivors have to deal with the massive disruptions and recovery. But things could have been far worse.

Given that Japan sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, it is prone to frequent and powerful earthquakes. This is a fact that the Japanese have taken measures to deal with. Many buildings in Japan have deep foundations and shock absorbers to manage the impact of earthquakes. Both adults and children know what to do if an earthquake strikes. In fact, Japan is one of the most prepared countries in the world to deal with massive earthquakes. They are always in a state of constant readiness because of the constant danger. It is because of this preparation that Japan has managed to reduce the damage caused by this crisis.
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