Category Archives: Enlightening

Flaws and Uniqueness is what makes us Beautiful

So true!!!

Living Life Honestly

We don't even have to wear makeup We don’t even have to wear makeup

I love the movement to stop photoshopping of magazine photos.  Petitions have forced some magazines to stop the photoshopping tactics, and others are catching on promising to include more “real” women of varying body types.

Celebrities are doing their part to fight image manipulation, like Lorde’s tweet of a photo showing her natural skin compared to a recent photo showing her touched-up photo.

Jessica-Alba-unretouched-picsThis has been occuring to a degree that people don’t even realize.  Now the changes to this this photo of Jessica Alba are pretty extreme, but we may not even question the level of touchup without comparing to the original image.  Why do we have to edit such beauty?  Maybe you think it doesn’t have an effect on you, but have you ever look at a photo and felt bad about the wrinkle in your skin, the firmness of certain…

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The differences between Humans and Animals

duck slideI love this video of ducks riding down a water slide.

 

And then recently, I saw a story about research with rats.  When one rat is trapped in an uncomfortable trap, a second rat will learn to free the trapped rat.  They will do this generous act even before enjoying a tasty chocolate treat.  Not only that, they will share the chocolate rather than hoard it for themselves.  I have not clearly defined the word compassion for myself, but I think this is a decent example of animals showing compassion for each other and another one’s suffering.

And what can we learn from monkeys about how we use money, how we view equality,   ?  See this short video reaction of monkeys getting unfair trade values, or listen to this TED Talk by Laurie Santos for a more detailed description of this research.

So what makes us different?  The only thing I have heard of being different so far, human’s have the ability to recognize their weaknesses and create a tool to overcome them.  But I wouldn’t say we have mastered that yet.

The 2nd Solutionary Congress

I wish I lived in Utah to participate in this year’s Solutionary Congress coming up in two weeks.  This is such a fantastic opportunity for high school students.  As a judge for the local debate league, I wish we could adopt this type of program in Boston too.  Maybe one day soon.  Just think of the potential social improvement we might make by harnessing the fresh ideas of young people.

To learn more about what it means to be a Solutionary, watch this TED talk by Zoe Weil.

If Hate and Prejudice is Taught, then Love and Acceptance can be Taught too

AM.jpg-25f11a2331401bc3747794c9315ffe28It’s sad when people are so consumed by hate, that they don’t even recognize love.

In response to a group of religious fanatics carrying signs of hatred towards certain people, the yellow banner in this photo was created to give a positive alternative for people’s viewing.  After the pastor of the religious group passed away, protestors held up the white banner to offer their condolences for the baptist congregation.  Some of the church members are so filled with hate, they don’t even understand the meaning of the white banner and it’s significance.

If we can teach this level of hatred toward others that they would hold up signs of criticism in public, surely we must be able to teach an equal amount of love.  The yellow and white signs are the first step in that teaching.

When you buy an iPhone, where does the money go?

This is interesting, and pretty cool!

Enhance The Human Experience

Where people expect the money goes Where people expect the money goes

Where the money actually goes Where the money actually goes

I find this pretty surprising myself.  For the 5 minute explanation from Robert Reich, see this video on Upworthy.com. It’s funny that he talks about the economy and the decrease of unions being linked to income inequality.  Today I saw another video explanation, also by Robert Reich, on the rising gap in the U.S. economy, talking about the number of unions rising after WWI.  It’s part of a series of videos called Inequality for All.  Another in the series talks to some people working at an energy plant, and really brings home the question about profits and what is the value of the work people do.  Productivity has been increasing and stress is so high.  I support the recent discussion to raise minimum wage.  It’s not a simple answer, and it may not fix the problems as John…

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