Tuesday, 17 June 2014
Someone expects you to be someone you’re not. - Don’t change who you are for anyone else. It’s wiser to lose someone over being who you are, than to keep them by being someone you’re not. Because it’s easier to mend a broken heart, than it is to piece together a shattered identity. It’s easier to fill an empty space in your life where someone else used to be, than it is to fill the empty space inside yourself where YOU used to be.
A person’s actions don’t match their words. – Everybody deserves somebody who helps them look forward to tomorrow. If someone has the opposite effect on you, because they are consistently inconsistent and their actions don’t match up with their words, it’s time to let them go. It’s always better to be alone than to be in bad company. True friendship is a promise made in the heart, silent, unwritten, unbreakable by distance, and unchangeable by time. Don’t listen to what people say; watch what they do. Your true friends will slowly reveal themselves over time.
You have a habit of moping and feeling sorry for yourself. – Happiness is not the absence of problems, but the ability to deal with them. Imagine all the wondrous things your mind might embrace if it weren’t wrapped so tightly around your struggles. Always look at what you have, instead of what you have lost. Because it’s not what the world takes away from you that counts; it’s what you do with what you have left.
You truly dislike your current situation, routine, job, etc. – It’s better to be a failure at something you love than to succeed at doing something you hate. Don’t let someone who gave up on their dreams talk you out of going after yours. The best thing you can do in life is follow your heart. Take calculated risks. Don’t just make the safe and easy choices because you’re afraid of what might happen. If you do, nothing will ever happen. Chances must be taken, mistakes must be made, and lessons must be learned. It might be an uphill climb, but when you reach that mountaintop it will be worth every ounce of blood, sweat and tears you put into it.
You catch yourself obsessing over, and living in, the past. – Eventually you will overcome the heartache, and forget the reasons you cried, and who caused the pain. Eventually you will realise that the secret to happiness and freedom is not about control or revenge, but in letting things unfold naturally, and learning from your experiences over the course of time. After all, what matters most is not the first, but the final chapter of your life, which unveils the details of how well you wrote your story. So let go of the past, set yourself free, and open your mind to the possibility of new relationships and priceless experiences.
And of course, if you're struggling with any of these points, know that you are not alone. We are all in this together. Many of us are right there with you, working hard to feel better, think more clearly, and keep our lives on track.
Blessing is an Act of Resting and Well-Speaking
“The word “Bless” in the Old Testament is “Barak” in Hebrew. Barak means “To speak the intention of God,” and “To be happy with where you are.” Genesis 24:11 “And he made his camels to kneel down outside the city by a well of water.” The phrase “kneel down” is “Barak” in Hebrew. Kneeling down is an act of surrendering to God the situation. When you bless by speaking the intentions of God over someone, it is an act of trust and surrender. Blessing is also an act of “Resting”, in which you are happy with where you are, like the camels kneeling down and resting by the well of water.
The word “Bless” in the New Testament is “Eulogia” in Greek. Eulogia is from which we get the word “Eulogy.” Eulogia means “To speak larger or well of,” or “To speak the intention or favour of God on someone.” Eulogia is used by the early church to refer to the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. It is a blessing or something blessed. This term also refers to praise. When you give praise, you are trusting, blessing and speaking what God intends.”
Muslims will frequently pronounce "peace and blessings be upon him" when mentioning the name of Prophet Muhammed (pbuh). Muslims will also greet one another with a blessing every time they meet and depart (as-salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullāhi wa barakatu (meaning "may peace, mercy and blessings of God be upon you").
Moors are originally from the North African region called 'Maghrib' and they are well known travellers through out Europe and Asia. As native African their skin colour became from Black to Brown through marriage with others.
“The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think.”
- Gregory Bateson
In part one and part two of this series, we looked at the waves that are shaping the modern world, and at how the third wave (the information revolution) is resulting in time-scarcity, information overload and attention-poverty (in addition to cool phones, social media and instant information). In this article we’re going to explore the 4th wave (the thought revolution), and how an understanding of innate thinking can make a huge difference to your ability to navigate (and generate value from) the seeming chaos, complexity and uncertainty being created by the waves of change.
The power of understanding
Knowledge creates value. This has been demonstrated again and again throughout history:
- The understanding of how to breed and domesticate plants and animals eventually freed millions of people from doing food-work as part of hunter-gatherer societies.
- The understanding of germs and bacteria has saved countless lives over the past century.
- The understanding of steam-power played a part in sparking the industrial revolution, transforming transportation.
- The understanding of gravity has allowed us to put satellites in orbit, and technical knowledge has created GPS / Sat-nav systems.
For our purposes, there are two broad categories of understanding:
1. Application – Application is the understanding of how to do something, how to accomplish a specific result. Examples of application include knowing how to make penicillin, write your name, build a house, create a microchip or boil a pot of water.
2. Realisation – Realisation is the understanding of how some aspect of the world already works. Obvious examples are gravity, the sola-centric model and germ-theory. In each case, realisation of the pre-existing nature of an aspect of life gave rise to new possibilities (and new applications).
Realisation narrows the gap between how we think life works, and how it actually works. As such, realisation often (but not always) precedes application.
So how is this relevant? Here’s how. As a society, we have a general misunderstanding about the nature of thought, and the connection between thinking and feeling. The impact of this misunderstanding is widespread and costly, and the unintended side-effects include:
- Depression, stress, anxiety and addiction
- Relationship problems and a variety of forms of conflict
- Lack of productivity and focus
- Lack of purpose and direction
- Lack of engagement and fulfilment
This all arises due to a misunderstanding of innate thinking. Innate thinking is the natural capacity for experience – thinking, feeling and perceiving – we are all born with. This innate capacity generates 100% of our experience of life, moment-to-moment. In a nutshell, the misunderstanding of innate thinking can be summarised as follows:
“It looks like we’re feeling our circumstances, but we’re always and only feeling our thinking.”
It tends to look like our felt experience of life is coming from our circumstances (ie. From the outside-in)… But 100% of our experience is in fact coming from our thinking in the moment (ie. From the inside-out.) 0% of our experience is coming from our anything other than our thinking.
It’s one thing to grasp this intellectually, and quite another thing to realise it insightfully in the moment. But when you do, the results are profound. Superstitious outside-in “junk-thought” starts to fall away, and a deeper connection with life begins to emerge. As we have realisations about the inside-out nature of life, we see that innate thinking is also the source of
- Peace of mind, clarity and wellbeing – that sense of feeling at ease, comfortable in your own skin.
- Peak performance, including the flow states that give rise to excellence (what musicians, athletes and business leaders sometimes refer to as “being in the zone”).
- The resiliency and inner sense of security that gives individuals and organisations the ability to thrive and flourish in times of uncertainty, regardless of the circumstances.
- Creativity, imagination and the “quantum leaps” that bring fresh ideas, new perspectives and innovative solutions to problems.
- The sense of love and connection we feel with others (it’s also responsible for that sense of connection with life itself that people experience in moments of transcendence).
- It generates happiness, joy and contentment, as well as the sense of freedom and aliveness we all desire. Our ability to “be in the present” and “live in the now” is also the result of innate thinking.
- Wisdom, intuition and the “gut feeling” that helps us make great decisions. It’s behind our ability to have insights and a-ha moments, as we learn, grow and evolve.Innate thinking is also the source of passion and purpose, that sense of focus and direction that helps human beings thrive.
Stop for a moment and think about it….
- When people believed in witchcraft, people had X amount of anxiety that evil spells would be placed on them. 100% of that anxiety was bogus, a phantom resulting from a misunderstanding.
- Before people understood that the earth was spherical, sailors had X amount of anxiety about sailing of the edge of the world. 100% of that anxiety was bogus, a phantom resulting from a misunderstanding.
- Before people understood the nature of germs, they thought diseases were caused by bad smells, and had X amount of anxiety about miasmas and atmospheres. 100% of that anxiety was bogus, a phantom resulting from a misunderstanding.
The idea that we are feeling our circumstances is just such a phantom. The vast majority of worry, stress and anxiety we feel is bogus, a phantom resulting from a misunderstanding.
It can be humbling to realise this… Humbling and liberating…
So how does this relate to the waves of transformation? Bear in mind that each “wave” solves existing problems, while creating new possibilities, new benefits and new challenges. Solutions to the new problems are delivered by the next wave.
Realisation of innate thinking solves the problems being created by the third wave:
- Attention-poverty: As people realise the inside-out nature of life, it brings them more into the moment. This has a knock-on effect in quality of life, relationships and decision-making.
- Information-overwhelm: Information can only consume your attention with your permission. As you understand the inside-out nature of life, it quells the craving for information, and allows greater discernment in the information you consume.
- Time-scarcity: As the outside-in illusion falls away, people experience more time, and an increase in the richness of life in the moment.
- Mental Congestion: Realisation of innate thinking clears the mind and allows clarity to emerge. And as clarity emerges, so do the mental and emotional resources that are the “deep drivers” behind high performance (direction, authenticity, innovation, confidence, connection, resilience, flexibility, intuition etc).
- Connection-starvation: Connection and intimacy emerge naturally when there’s nothing else in the way. As people realise the inside-out nature of life, listening improves and connection becomes the norm in every level of relationship.
- Values-focus: Realisation of innate thinking provides a sustainable (internally generated) source of security, freedom, adventure, independence, personal growth, belonging and contribution.
So how does a person go about getting a realisation of innate thinking? And how does this contribute to the “experience economy”, and the fourth wave? In part four of this article, we’ll be exploring the experience economy, and some possibilities for the future of our evolution.
Death asked Life :
Why does everyone love you and hate me.
Life replied :
Because I am a beautiful Lie and you are a painful Truth
Temple is a 6-letter word
Church is a 6-letter word
Mosque is also a 6-letter word
Geeta is a 5-letter word
Bible is a 5-letter word
Quran is also a 5-letter word
A Lovely Logic for a beautiful Life:
Never try to maintain relations in your life
Just try to maintain life in your relations
Always welcome the problems
Because problems give you dual advice
First, you know how to solve them
Second, you know how to avoid them in future
3 stages of Life:
Teen Age – Has time & energy – But no Money
Working Age – Has Money & Energy – But No Time
Old Age – Has Money & Time – But No Energy
We are very good Lawyers for our mistakes
Very good Judges for others' mistakes
The world always says – Find good people and leave bad ones.
But I say, Find the good in people and ignore the bad in them
Because no one is born perfect
A fantastic sentence written on every Japanese bus stop.
Only buses will stop here – Not your time
So Keep walking towards your goal
Negative Thinkers focus on Problems
Positive thinkers focus on Solutions
Never hold your head high with pride or ego.
Even the winner of a gold medal gets his medal only when he bows his head down
This is an Opportunity to Do work better than Yesterday
If you want to walk quick, walk alone
If you want to walk far, walk together
I have not failed.
My success is just postponed.
The entire water in the ocean can never sink a ship unless it gets inside.
All the pressures of life can never hurt us unless we let them in.
Fascism is frequently referred to as the increasingly prevalent form of government in the West. We recognise that this conjures strong emotions and we often get a few angry emails voicing displeasure with our characterisation of their homeland. We understand that the word fascism is an emotionally charged word and we do not use it lightly.
We recognise, however, that we have never taken the time to define it completely nor place it within the context of our communications (although we did compare the USA to the dictionary definition of "fascism" in "The Fasco-Communist Police State of America"). As such, we have fallen victim to one of our own cardinal sins; letting somebody else control the thoughts by controlling the definition of the words used to define those thoughts. To make matters worse, by default, we have relegated the responsibility of defining those words to two of the most criminally complicit estates in our society, namely the educational system and mass media. It is time to address this oversight.
THE ETYMOLOGY OF "FASCISM"
The word fascism is rooted in the Latin word fasces, a Roman object made of wooden rods tightly bound by red, overlapping straps. At the top, or occasionally in the middle, of the fasces was an axe head. The bound wooden rods represented strength through unity and the axe represented the means by which authority was exerted by the unified entity. In addition to being used as a weapon by Roman authorities, the fasces was a key symbol on government buildings of the Roman empire. The symbolism of the fasces is significant. The wooden rod represents the weak individual whose sole contribution is to provide strength to the unified object, in this case the State. The axe head, unsurprisingly, represents the force with which the State will ensure its survival.
Fascism is referred to as an ideology with numerous characteristics, the most common being fervent nationalism, virtually unlimited central authority, militarism, and state control of production. While those traits are almost universally present in fascist run societies, we take the position that fascism in, in fact, not an ideology at all. Merriam-Webster defines ideology as the "visionary theorising of a systematic body of concepts especially about human life or culture."
We contend that the objective of fascism is to ensure the survival and further the influence of the State. As Benito Mussolini famously stated, "Everything in the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State." Fascism holds self-preservation of the State as the supreme objective, regardless of method. It is therefore difficult to envision fascism as an ideology any more than a pride of lions being governed by an ideology. Fascism is an observed organisational structure in which the State exerts unlimited and arbitrary power over all its subjects merely for its own survival.
THE CORE CHARACTERISTICS OF FASCISM
While we contend that fascism is without principles, that is not to say that it does not have core characteristics. Rather than representing a platform of principles from which to rule, however, these characteristics represents processes and tools that empower the State apparatus. As times and conditions change, a fascist State will shift message, priorities and effort, all for the purpose of self-preservation. At times the State will appear pro-market, other times it will claim national exigencies demand that it assume control of production in the economy. Commonly observed traits, however, include:
Nominal or no limit on the power of the State. Whether explicit or de facto, when the State ceases to recognise limits on its authority, it is displaying a core characteristic of fascism. This is often seen in the broad powers that are granted to the law enforcement, military and the intelligence apparatus. As a related aside, a common observation in fascist regimes is that law enforcement and military cease to be viewed as members of the community in which they serve. Their encroaching and increasingly heavy handed tactics become the source of discontent among the people which in turn results in increasingly hysterical propaganda from the State.
Significant spending on national defense. Regardless of the financial conditions of the State and its subjects, military spending is virtually unaffected by financial stress occurring in other segments of the economy. The State recognises that political power is meaningless without the force to back it. Money goes to salaries, weapons, research and various military adventures. In Germany and Italy in the 1930s, significant production and economic benefit was bestowed upon the military and the military industry. This is still the case in some countries today.
Key segments of the economy are granted cartel status by the State. Industries including agriculture, health care, banking, energy and manufacturing find themselves submitting to the State's plan for production or being run out of business. In a fascist regime, the State typically does not actually seek to run the enterprise, they merely dictate the conditions and stipulations under which producers must operate.
A final note on fascism. It is commonly held that fascism is a right-wing form of government. We hold that the differentiation between left and right in this context is completely meaningless. North Korea and the former Soviet Union certainly can be characterised as fascist. The key characteristic is a high degree of force and deceit that the State deploys in self preservation.
Has the water entered my ship
1923, eight of the wealthiest people in the world met. Their combined wealth, estimated, exceeded the wealth of the government of the United States. These men knew how to make a living and accumulate wealth. It's very interesting to read about what happened to these 8 wealthiest people in the world, 25 years later …..
So 25 years later.......
1. President of the largest Steel Company, Charles Schwab, died bankrupt.
2. President of the largest Gas Company, Howard Hubson, went insane.
3. One of the greatest commodity traders, Arthur Cutton, died insolvent.
4. President of the New York Stock Exchange, Richard Whitney, was sent to jail.
5. A member of the President’s Cabinet, Albert Fall, was sent to jail.
6. The greatest “bear” on Wall Street, Jessie Livermore, committed suicide.
7. President of the world’s greatest monopoly, Ivar Krueger, committed suicide.
8. President, Bank of International Settlement, Leon Fraser, committed suicide .
So, what happened? Where did they go wrong? They most certainly made lots and lots of money. They were very wealthy. But what did they lack then? In fact, as much as they knew how to make a living, they forgot to make a life ! Instead, they just made Money! Money provides comfort and status, so true. It also provides food for the hungry, medicine for the sick, clothes for the needy; and shelter for the homeless, yet, noteworthy to mention that is only a medium of exchange .
Our education system needs to share two kinds of education. One that teaches us skills on how to make a living; and one that teaches us values on how to live life, free from entrapment of chasing after an illusion of happiness. Many people are entrapped in that chase neglecting health, family, the social responsibilities, the environment and moment by moment of real deep fresh breathing. The kids are sleeping when we leave home. They are sleeping when we come home. Twenty years later, we WiLL turn back, and they’ll all be gone. Same goes for our health, dreams, and purpose in life. Twenty years later, they will all be gone or a far distant memory.
Without water, a ship cannot move. The ship needs water. Yet, if the water gets into the ship, the ship will face problems and potentially sink. Similarly, we live in a time where earning is a necessity; but let not the earning enter our hearts; for, what was once a means of living, will become heavy chain, an entrapment and a means of destruction !!!???
So take a moment and ask yourself…. "Has the water entered my ship?”
JUST A MUM?
A woman, renewing her driver's license at the Motor Registration office, was asked by the counter clerk to state her occupation. She hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself.
'What I mean is,' explained the counter clerk, 'do you have a job or are you just a ...?'
'Of course I have a job,' snapped the woman. 'I'm a Mum.'
'We don't list 'Mum' as an occupation, 'housewife' covers it,' Said the clerk emphatically.
I forgot all about her story until one day I found myself in the same situation, this time at our own Medicare office.
The Clerk was obviously a career woman, poised, efficient, and possessed of a high sounding title like, 'Official Interrogator' or 'Town Registrar.'
'What is your occupation?' she probed.
What made me say it? I do not know. The words simply popped out.
'I'm a Research Associate in the field of Child Development and Human Relations.'
The clerk paused, ball-point pen frozen in midair and looked up as though she had not heard right.
I repeated the title slowly emphasizing the most significant words.
Then I stared with wonder as my pronouncement was written, in bold, black ink on the official questionnaire.
'Might I ask,' said the clerk with new interest, 'just what you do in your field?'
Coolly, without any trace of fluster in my voice, I heard myself reply, 'I have a continuing program of research, (what mother doesn't) in the laboratory and in the field, (normally I would have said indoors and out). I'm working for my Masters, (first the Lord and then the whole family) and already have four credits (all daughters).
Of course, the job is one of the most demanding in the humanities, (any mother care to disagree?) and I often work 14 hours a day, (24 is more like it). But the job is more challenging than most run-of-the-mill careers and the rewards are more of a satisfaction rather than just money.'
There was an increasing note of respect in the clerk's voice as she completed the form, stood up, and personally ushered me to the door.
As I drove into our driveway, buoyed up by my glamorous new career, I was greeted by my lab assistants -- ages 13, 7, and 3. Upstairs I could hear our new experimental model, (a 6 month old baby) in the child development program, testing out a new vocal pattern. I felt I had scored a beat on bureaucracy!
And I had gone on the official records as someone more distinguished and indispensable to mankind than 'just another Mum.'
Motherhood! What a glorious career! Especially when there's a title on the door.
Does this make grandmothers 'Senior Research associates in the field of Child Development and Human Relations'
And great grandmothers 'Executive Senior Research Associates?' I think so!!!
I also think it makes Aunts 'Associate Research Assistants...'
People are living very busy lives these days, working extra hard to keep the roofs over their heads, the food on their tables. Those are the lucky ones, or so are led to believe. Life in this particular dog-eat-dog system can be stressful. We have been trained by behavioural experts to live our lives as expendable cause, upholding a cruel and vindictive machine, all for the benefit of a dominant minority of ruthless, elitist criminals, at or near the top of the pyramid.
There are powerful psychopaths aka Politicians who can engineer world wars or bring down entire economies whenever their global business plan requires it... and they do. This anti-human system we collectively chose to maintain focuses on the perpetual need for money, so as to avoid becoming homeless and destitute, rather than working for humanity and focusing on the ability of human beings stored together for the benefit of all, great or small. And also tolerates George Orwell's "doublethink", where by liars and criminals the governments can hide the public opinion and keep secrets for the sake of "national security"... apparently. Or making outrages claims about openness and honesty and padding themselves on the back for the wonderful service they are doing to humanity by exporting democracy to the Middle East and we haven't seen anything yet. The new world order that we see unfolding used to be merely handed out by the various strategically positioned front men and women. Nowadays it is discussed semi-openly by today's front people and can no longer be ignored by the human beings who happen to be alive today.
Those new front people utilize new technology as it been made available to the general public. They have us all numbered / cataloged and they want us to believe that it's for our own good. That way we can all be monitored more easily and believe that it's for our own safety.
Why don’t we feel more electrified and satisfied with our lives?
The answer introduces a controversial argument: we feel unsatisfied because the entire baseline of our human motivations has evolved. What made us feel happy, energised, and fulfilled just a century ago no longer applies, because our brains, bodies, and society have changed so radically.
Such evolutionary language riles a lot of old-school biologists, who argue that the human brain and body could not have evolved fast enough in the past century to change our collective human motivations—that as a species, we’ve always been motivated by the same basic human needs. Even if that’s true—and many have argued otherwise—what is clear is that in our abundant modern culture, the way in which we activate and feel satisfied by those needs has changed entirely.
Consider this. In the most recent eyeblink of our history, our human experience and our collective culture have transformed in every imaginable way:
in what we do (more creative and autonomous work now than task-driven, managed, repetitive work);
how we get our food and what we eat (leading to an astonishing evolution in the size of our bodies worldwide);
where we call home (the global migration into cities);
how we interact (a recently interconnected planet working in offices and organizations rather than fields and factories);
what we buy (more nonessential purchases based on aesthetic preferences rather than on functionality or utility);
how we spend our time (more at work and yet still more in front of the television and computer);
how long we live (longer, but with more health problems than ever—many because we live longer);
and how we structure our organizations and nations (more democracy and tolerance worldwide—a trend closely tracked since 1981).
If you could hopscotch back through history to a hundred years ago, you would see how much everything has changed. And having changed our world so completely, it was inevitable that we humans ourselves should also change in order to survive and thrive. The ways we think, feel, and behave—our psychology—had to keep pace with our world. Thus, the way we express and meet our human drives has evolved.
As our society becomes more abundant, people are no longer driven by just what they need. Most of our basic human needs for food, shelter, safety, and belonging have been met and structured by an advancing society. Yet meeting those needs does not, by itself, make us happy. Far from it.
The reality is that in an abundant culture we simply no longer have to focus as much on what we need, so we focus on what we want. We have more options and, thus, more freedom to choose what we want our lives to be about. Surrounded by a million choices, we are freed from the constraints of needs and yet, at the same time, challenged to find our focus and meaning in life. But no one would suggest that we turn back the clock. It’s a blessing to be able to search for what we want. It just so happens that what we want today is very, very different from what we wanted just a decade ago.
Think about how the tidal shift from needs to wants has washed ashore at work. Our modern workforce isn’t driven by the mere security of a paycheck or the primitive motivation of the carrot-and-stick wielded by manipulative managements. Today’s workers have a new and insatiable hunger for intrinsic motivations, especially the engagement and fulfillment that comes from projects involving creative control, social connectivity, design, story, and contributions that extend beyond the confines of the cubicle and the greater organization.
We’ve become an on-the-go, “friended” workforce that places social interaction, aesthetic experience, innovation, and meaningful collaboration at the top of our priority list when evaluating jobs, causes, projects, and leaders. The old concepts of motivation at work, based solely on compensation, a corner office, and long-term ladder-climbing ambitions, no longer apply (and haven’t for a decade). We just aren’t as fooled by all the usual trappings of success anymore, because in an already abundant society, what drives us has changed.
With all the choice we have, we’ll skip traditional security and instead seek novel, challenging, connected, and creative experiences. This isn’t just the ramblings of a self-confessed modern free agent. Neuroscience is proving that indeed, when our brains are free from the basic animal needs of safety, what engages the most neural activity are those very things: novelty, challenge, connection, and expression. And many of the world’s largest happiness surveys are finding the same at a global level—we want to feel engaged at work, and what makes us engaged are things like choice, contribution, and creative expression.
What’s going to lead us to exciting, fulfilling lives amid the sea change going on in our workplaces and our personal lives? How do we get that spark back into our lives, so that what we do fills us with joy and satisfaction? What levers can we pull on this grand ride of life so that we reach our full potential and travel in style to our destiny?
In this book, I’ll answer these questions by proposing a new framework for thinking about human motivation—one that moves us away from merely doing what we need to do to feel secure and comfortable and into the drives that make us feel truly alive. Along the way, we’ll go deep inside your mind and understand the structure of your brain, and we’re going to give you the mental levers to actually change that wiring. The mixed bag of emotions that you feel about your life and your work is going to be laid bare before you, and, perhaps for the first time in your conscious adult life, you’re going to learn how to control, reassemble, and reconfigure it so that you can experience the Charged Life.
A Charged Life is a consciously designed existence that feels evenly engaged, energized, and enthusiastic. It’s a life that is purposefully chosen and activated by leveraging the 10 drives that make us human, which are the subject of this book. (get it here http://www.TheChargeBook.com)
The Charged Life is not a one-time feeling or a fleeting spark. It’s an enduring flame in the soul that illuminates you throughout all your days no matter the darkness around you. Nor is it about wandering around with a fake perma-grin or feeling supercaffeinated or amped up by some syrupy cocktail of self-help affirmations. It is about elevated yet consistently even energy that is strategically planned for and sustainable, allowing you to be fully engaged in the moment and optimistic about the future. You might write down the operative phrase in the definition of a charged life: A CONSCIOUSLY DESIGNED EXISTENCE.
From the book THE CHARGE by Brendon Burchard
New York Times reports that around 3,553 sexual assault complaints reported to the Defence Department in the first three quarters of the fiscal year, from October 2012 through June, a nearly 50 percent increase over the same period a year earlier. Defence Department officials said the numbers had continued to rise.
Roughly 207,308 women serve on active duty. That can also be translated as 14.5 percent of active-duty military personnel. The Department of Defence has estimated that one in three women in the military are sexually assaulted as opposed to one in six civilian women.
It’s been estimated that 19,000 female military members have been sexually assaulted between Oct. 1, 2010 and Sept. 31, 2011. However, only 3,192 cases were reported. Even fewer were tried.
Granted, sexual abuse occurs toward both females and males. A 2011 report from the Department of Defence found that about 12 percent of those abused were male while the other 88 percent were female.
For women, however, the threat is obviously greater and thus a bigger deterrent toward enlistment.
The problem with military culture is the inherent top-down hierarchy. Often, the military’s sexual predators are of higher rank than their victims.
It is also reported that Nearly a third of the American women fighting the U.S. war in Iraq were raped by fellow soldiers, and one fourth of the men in uniform investigating those claims were the actual rapists, according to a non-fiction drama staged over the weekend to standing-room-only audiences at First Churches.
Additionally, efforts by victims seeking justice are blocked. Granting de facto immunity, the courts have ruled that the military cannot be prosecuted for the alleged crimes.
The obvious observations will be, if this is how the US military officials treat their female colleagues, largely Christian American countrywomen, how must that military has treated the innocent Muslim women in Iraq and Afghanistan, in the closing stages of ‘war on terror’ guise?
How could US authorities who didn’t care about their own women folks, care enough about the Muslim women in the days of ‘War on Terror’ military raid?
If this demonstrates the policy of the United State and how the forces of the state behave towards their own American Christian female colleagues, how must they have conducted themselves in Iraq and Afghanistan for a decade and how must they be functioning in the former conflict zones today?
The Lahore Times Read more: http://www.lhrtimes.com/2013/11/18/rise-of-sexual-assaults-and-the-moral-disgrace-of-us-military-211006/#ixzz2kzWjOuwI
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Death Of Common Sense
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
- Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
- Why the early bird gets the worm;
- Life isn’t always fair;
- and Maybe it was my fault..
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).
His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.
Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.
It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student.
Common Sense lost the will to live as the Religious places & Schools became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.
Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.
Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.
He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;
- I Know My Rights
- I Want It Now
- Someone Else Is To Blame
- I’m A Victim
Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.