Posts Tagged ‘religion’

Inspiring learning or learning inspiration?

November 21, 2010 11 comments

Learning to unlearn is the highest form of learning. ~ Buddhist proverb

At its very core, education is an innate expression of curiosity; a longing to understand and be part of the world; a manifestation of purpose and passion that every person carries within them. ~ Carey Elizabeth Smith, Co-Director of the Body Therapy Institute*

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I’ve been troubled lately with the question “How do we learn?” I don’t mean specifically  how kids learn in school, or how adults learn at a new job position… I’m rather curious how do we learn anything in general!
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The social train

October 29, 2010 5 comments

This essay was inspired by an article titled A soft key radio and the Melting pot, written recently by a dear friend and fellow blogger. I hope to develop it further and use it as a backdrop story for discussing a topic that has been on my mind for some time — the impact of technology on morality. Stay tuned! 😉

“Welcome aboard”, said the tall girl as she greeted me in front of a funny-looking train — instead of tracks and wheels, this one seemed to be just sitting there idly as a dead metal shell on the floor of a fairly big room that looked nothing like a train station!

As I was trying to meet the eyes of my hostess, I was captivated by her long streaks of dazzling red hair falling down her shoulders. They were protruding from underneath what looked like one of those traditional conductor caps my grandfather — who worked for the old railroad long time ago — used to let me play with as a kid. Instead of the railroad logo, though, this one had Tranzt Wrld embroidered at the front with big golden letters.

Tranzt Wrld was one of a new breed of companies trying to add tactile interface to an aging platform — the ubiquitous Soccet — the global social network that long ago replaced the Internet. Soccet allowed virtually anyone on the planet to access any information in the public domain. More importantly, it let anyone connect and interact with anyone else in any other location on the planet — including the newly formed Moon base that by now hosted about 100 astronauts, scientists and other staff.

“We in Tranzt Wrld care a lot about providing realistic experience to our customers”, continued the girl as she was leading me inside what looked like an empty train car. As I started looking around I realized that despite the external appearance, inside it looked very similar to the train cars being used in the public transportation systems of the big cities like London — though now almost no trains were running as more and more people were tele-commuting in a bid to save the planet from energy overconsumption and greenhouse gas pollution.
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Olympics, religion and symbols

February 13, 2010 2 comments

The Olympics are here, the Olympics are here!

I didn’t get much excited about the Olympics in Vancouver until they were brought in my face a day before the official start. I was one of those people that were more worried about the impact to the everyday life with all the announced road closures, anticipated police presence, etc. I was even not going to buy a ticket and attend any of the competitions until I decided it might be unfair to my older daughter not to give her an opportunity to experience the time when the world came to her city — so I caved in and bought tickets for a women’s hockey game!

The tickets still didn’t make me budge too much from my position of a begrudged Vancouverite worried about the impact from all those people coming into town. What slammed me in face and made me wake-up to the grandeur of the event was when I faced the torch! It took a symbol to make my heart warm up to the Olympics and identify with the hundreds of thousands of people around the city that were cherishing the upcoming days when nothing else will be more important than the Games! I couldn’t believe it. I like to think that I am a rational person that prefers to “use his brain over his heart” in most matters involving other people outside my family. However, symbolism have managed to overpower my conscious parts of the brain and unleash some of the older unconscious circuits to take over. It was like flying with an auto-pilot — the next thing I know was that I had a Canada flag on my car!
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If the Pope blogs, should the Lord tweet?

January 26, 2010 1 comment

I didn’t plan to post again something related to religion, but after reading about the pope’s commandment to priests to go forth and blog I can’t shake this picture I have in my head.

Imagine in today’s world of blogs, twitters and facebooks God keeping up with the technology and using it as communication means. For one thing, it’ll surely overwhelm those services by the number of people tracking or connected to Him (or Her?) — Ashton Kutcher would eat the dirt behind Him on Twitter! Secondly, God would likely prefer to be able to address each of his followers with personalized messages, so I can imagine Twitter developers dropping everything and dedicating the next sprints to deliver new features specifically for Him in a truly agile fashion.
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When will the foolishness end?

January 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Last night I watched an MSNBC video on Youtube that ran the silliest creationist vs. atheist news I ever heard about. Apparently, 7 US states ban people who do not believe in god from positions in the state government?! North Carolina recently got a new councilman and he swore using the words “solemn acclamation” instead of “so help me god” 😉 Well, this got him into trouble as the NC state law forbids atheists from entering council?!

It’s interesting what this law represents for non-christian candidates … after all, they do believe in some sort of god (whether almighty or not).

To make things even more unbelievable, similar kinds of laws exist in 7 US states.

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