Are you bowling alone?

Too much self-centered attitude, you see, brings isolation. Result: loneliness, fear, anger. The extreme self-centered attitude is the source of suffering. Dalai Lama 1935 – In 1995, Robert Putnam, a Harvard Professor of Public Policy, wrote an article that he later expanded into the book Bowling Alone. One of the more interesting observations he made was that there was an increase in bowling as a recreational activity but a decrease in bowling leagues: so people were bowling more, just not in leagues. Despite the book’s title, people weren’t actually bowling alone, but they were limiting themselves by selecting teammates and …
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Seeing only validation

Editor’s Note: While this lesson was originally published in December 2008, we feel it is still both relevant and appropriate today. People only see what they are prepared to see. Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1852 The recent presidential election in the United States was the most sharply divided on ideology that I can remember. It was relatively easy to find supporters and opponents who witnessed the same message from a candidate, yet came to totally different conclusions about the meaning and future impact of the message. Both saw only validation of the beliefs they had already formed. Now, this behavior …
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Boiled frog

How we live our days is how we live our life. Annie Dillard 1945 – If you placed a live frog in a pot of boiling water, the frog would do everything it could to escape; it would be instantly aware of the danger of staying in the pot. But if you place a frog in a pot of lukewarm water and gradually increase the temperature, the frog won’t try to get away. The change is so gradual that the frog won’t react until it’s too late. (Note: please don’t try either option at home, or anywhere else, for that …
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