Divining Humanity

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Getting More…


The best environment to gain in a competitive world is an environment where there is conflict.

In an ideal world existed in which people collaborated without thought of self-gain existed benefits for all would be maximized.  (Prisoner’s Dilemma)


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Snowdancer – A Natural Beauty


I walked out that morning to a familiar scene.  Nothing seemed different, everything was just like it had always been.  But had a been more aware, I would have notice a subtle shift in the air.

Then suddenly the performance commenced. From behind a curtain of gray emerged a small agile sprite.  She float to and fro as she made a graceful descent and landed lightfully on a tree.  Then another emerged and performed her own elegant motions as she floated into position.

The conductor of event made a sweeping movement and all of a sudden an army of dancers erupted on the scene.  Each enveloped in a soft faintly glowing white, gradually recolored the scene with a serenity.

And just as quickly as it started, the performance stopped.

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Many were present for the performance…

Some were complete oblivious – They were Focused.  They were driven.  “Daily wonders” meant nothing to them.

Some saw, felt something but soon forgot – For a moment it seemed the performance would touch their hearts, but as their hearts opened up, an avalanche of pressing problems closed off the connection.

But some saw – paused for a moment and saw a radiance in Snowdancer simple, yet endearing beauty… and created etched yet another happy moment in the stream of a lifetime of memories.




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Individual Accomplishment – Is Ruining Our World!!!


Ok… that was a sensationalistic title…

But I’m trying to make a point.
Modern society is filled with the idea, that Promotion of Self is more important than anything else…

“Be All That You Can Be”  was a slogan for a former U.S. Army recruitment campaign, but it embodies the values that we push now-a-days…

We love to read, hear about, and watch, “inspirational” stories… We love to see that someone else has accomplished his or her goals.

But what every happened to the idea that a person worked hard, not primarily motivated for his own or her own personal gain, but for the gain of the group.

What ever happened to the idea that whether or not “I” am successful is not important, but what is most important is the success of my group?

I think that if we are to evolve to something better as the human race, we need to move beyond ourselves and learn how to become a piece of a greater whole.

The suffering of one affects all others… at least in some small way.

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I was thinking about what endears me to other people and I realize that it’s uniqueness.

When I think about my friends… when I think about my students… when I think about my family…

It not the things that each person has in common with others that makes me feel closer to them, but what makes each person different.

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My students for example…
With my young students – I love the exuberant laughter of one, the voracious hunger of another for knowledge of another.
The nervousness, but trying to be “cool”-ness of my teens…

With my adults…
The eagerness to express themselves in English, desire to see unique places, the desire for a better life, etc.

Each of my students, in my mind, I see as an unique individual. Each one must be supported in a unique way that works for only each one. Each one has unique strengths and unique weaknesses.

Teaching can be such an intimate process and it’s always rewarding when you see one of your students succeed.

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But as I mentioned, my students are just an example…

I (clearly) understand that the reason I love meeting new people is to find uniqueness. And the more oblivously unique the person is (as long as that person is within my acceptable limits) the more interesting that person is.

I understand that this is not a conscious choice, but it’s innate. I WANT TO BE ENRICHED.

I could have surrounded myself with the “FAMILIAR,” but if that was my intent I would be back in the United States of America. I belong in the “exotic” place… the new place… the uncharted “territory” (where as there are very few, if any places left to explore in this world, members of communities have huge gaping holes in their understanding of other societies, cultures, and communities – yet ironically many are convinced that they don’t (or even worse – what they don’t know is insignificant))

To be honest, I don’t understand…
– NOT wanting to understand
– NOT wanting to learn more
– Desiring to conform the rest of the world to one’s view (okay… honestly I can understand this one  )

But to me… LEARNING is LIVING. And so much of what we can learn is not in the classroom… not on the job… there are “lessons” all around us, if we take time to look.

Sometimes, as I’m walking around the city (Moscow) and I see the trees budding or the oddity of the ripe strawberry on a vine encased in snow and ice… do people see (the world) as I see?

Do they notice the details beyond what is necessary for them to get from Point A to Point B? Or are their lives consumed by “have to’s” and exasperation concerning all the things “lacking” in their lives? (Hence the grumpiness and aggressive attitudes displayed by so many…)


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The Problem with religion, mainstream religions, is not doctrine, leaders,…

The “Problem” is us.


Humans can corrupt everything that is “pure,” because we are so ‘talented’ at intermingling our natural divisive tendencies into everything we touch.

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But before I go on…
One point needs to considered:

Which (mainstream) religion says to abandon all logic, analyzing and thinking in deference to feelings and emotions?

Basically… which religion says “DO NOT THINK. Just feel.”

(Some will be tempted to polarize the last point.
“C.J. is saying that using feelings and emotions is bad!”

No, I did not say that, nor do I believe that to be true. Feeling and emotions are necessary; necessary for religion, life,…

But neither should be used (trusted) exclusively at the expense of the other! )

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From an analytical point of view, let’s look at the fundamental functions of religion.

  • To communicate with God
  • To understand our personal place (role and function) in the world (universe).

These two things are the heart of religion (mainstream religions).

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We “love” to hate. He love to factionalize, make an “us” and “them”.

Is not the stated purpose of religion to “save” people and not push them away?!?!

But instead of creating groups of understand people, the “FOLLOWERS” push away the “outsiders.”

The “Religious” should be like a wise grandparent to a grandchild.

A grandparent understands that many lessons in life have to learned by oneself. Grandparents should be patient. They has much wisdom learned from their experience and self-reflection. They don’t insist on their grandchildren instant acquisition of the knowledge that the grandparents have obtained over much time. Rather, that give their grandchildren little nuggets of knowledge, when they are ready.

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in are desire to live better lives

In our desire to feel more fulfilled

THIS Is What Religion is Supposed To Give Us

As OPPOSED To Yet Another Means To ENABLE Humanity’s tendency to Divide and Hate.