Sunday, 30 September 2012

Kindness and happiness

There maybe mad bullies around but people who say humans are mostly evil, corrupt, not kind haven't been very observant. Look at all everyday's little interactions: asking directions, buying food, etc. In absolute majority of cases people, strangers or not, are good to each other. This is why we are so shocked and upset when the opposite happens.

I've heard from several people that in places and times when and where there is violence, suffering, tension, war, people are surprisingly warm and kind to each others. When my grandmother was escaping the horrors of WWII from Western Russia to the Central Asia with a baby on her hand, she,  as she always told me, had so much help from absolute strangers. It is a scary thought that we need disasters to be good. But I think it is other way round. When there is peace and prosperity people might look cold and distant from each other but that's because we mostly don't really badly need help. We can survive on our own. We all subconsciously know about this although consciously might wish for warmer relationship. Perhaps people should try and learn to live in relatively good times and still be close to each other.

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There are things in life which I can't change, I just have to adapt. But out of things I can change it seems that there are just three simple things which make me happy: pausing to soak in the beauty, having good relationship with people surrounding me and trying to be as creative as possible in every aspect of my life. Secret of happiness? Easy! At least in theory...

Friday, 14 September 2012

On madmen and bullies

One won't agitate a dangerous madman. One who does that knowing that other, innocent people would be harmed by the madman is doing a very bad thing. But what if this madman holds whole world a hostage? What if this mindless bully is shouting: "Just you try to say anything I don't like and I will harm and kill nondiscriminatory"??? I think it is the Whole Wide World's responsibility to stop the madman, at least to make him to be harmless, not worth our attention, maybe only a subject for ridicule.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Evolution...

It has been a couple of years since I gave up my religion but only now I've got Richard Dawkins' "The God Delusion" from a library. I though I already know all that could be said. Apparently not. One case has really infuriated me - and this is what happened in the USA which calls itself a "democracy" (text selected by me):

 "A Christian faith-healer ran a 'Miracle Crusade' which came to Mills's home town once a year. Among other things, the faith-healer encouraged diabetics to throw away their insulin, and cancer patients to give up their chemotherapy and pray for a miracle instead. Reasonably enough, Mills decided to organize a peaceful demonstration to warn people. But he made the mistake of going to the police to tell them of his intention and ask for police protection against possible attacks from supporters of the faith-healer. The first police officer to whom he spoke asked, 'Is you gonna protest fir him or 'gin him?' (meaning for or against the faith-healer). When Mills replied, 'Against him,' the policeman said that he himself planned to attend the rally and intended to spit personally in Mills's face as he marched past Mills's demonstration. Mills decided to try his luck with a second police officer. This one said that if any of the faith-healer's supporters violently con- fronted Mills, the officer would arrest Mills because he was 'trying to interfere with God's work'. Mills went home and tried telephoning the police station, in the hope of finding more sympathy at a senior level. He was finally connected to a sergeant who said, 'To hell with you, Buddy. No policeman wants to protect a goddamned atheist. I hope somebody bloodies you up good.' Apparently adverbs were in short supply in this police station, along with the milk of human kindness and a sense of duty. Mills relates that he spoke to about seven or eight policemen that day. None of them was helpful, and most of them directly threatened Mills with violence."

First I though: "Somebody just have to do something about this situation!" And then my thoughts came to natural selection & evolution. Who is more likely so survive: one who goes to a trained doctor or one who throws away ones medicines and listens to a "faith-healer" instead? And in the countries where they deprive women (50 per sent of population) of education isn't their potential for new achievements and discoveries halved because of that? And imagine what harm could do denial of evolution in medicine if fanatics take control. 

They may threaten or even harm others but they harm themselves even more. I do feel sorry for their innocent minors and whole naive uneducated brainwashed lot.