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Kindness and happiness

In relationship on September 30, 2012 at 06:19

There maybe mad bullies around but people who say humans are mostly evil, corrupt, not kind haven’t been very observant. Look at all everyday’s little interactions: asking directions, buying food, etc. In absolute majority of cases people, strangers or not, are good to each other. This is why we are so shocked and upset when the opposite happens.

I’ve heard from several people that in places and times when and where there is violence, suffering, tension, war, people are surprisingly warm and kind to each others. When my grandmother was escaping the horrors of WWII from Western Russia to the Central Asia with a baby on her hand, she,  as she always told me, had so much help from absolute strangers. It is a scary thought that we need disasters to be good. But I think it is other way round. When there is peace and prosperity people might look cold and distant from each other but that’s because we mostly don’t really badly need help. We can survive on our own. We all subconsciously know about this although consciously might wish for warmer relationship. Perhaps people should try and learn to live in relatively good times and still be close to each other.

There are things in life which I can’t change, I just have to adapt. But out of things I can change it seems that there are just three simple things which make me happy: pausing to soak in the beauty, having good relationship with people surrounding me and trying to be as creative as possible in every aspect of my life. Secret of happiness? Easy! At least in theory…

In Uncategorized on September 23, 2012 at 06:42

Vain is the word of a philosopher which does not heal any suffering of humankind. For just as there is no profit in medicine if it does not expel the diseases of the body, so there is no profit in philosophy either, if it does not expel the suffering of the mind.

Epicurus

In Uncategorized on September 12, 2012 at 15:16

The gods we make in our own image are tribal gods. They tell you how very, very little you should tolerate outsiders, who are less favoured of the Lord. Amazingly, there are no recorded cases of the holy man going up the mountain and finding that it’s the others who are right. It always turns out that God wants unbelievers to suffer, and what could be more noble than to help him a little? When religion rules, toleration disappears, for you cannot cherish the verdict of death to the infidels, yet also tolerate those who disagree – for those are the very same infidels…

Simon Blackburn, member of the Humanist Philosophers’ Group, Independent on Sunday, 2004

In Uncategorized on January 26, 2012 at 10:47

I don’t think any of us can speak frankly about pain until we are no longer enduring it.

Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

In Uncategorized on November 13, 2011 at 08:09

the spirit grows, strength is restored by wounding

Nietzsche

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