Love this message from Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o!
I 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.
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.
It’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.