Saturday, January 14, 2012

Social currency and insecurity

sbicitizen : Message: Re: Social currency: 'via Blog this'
Human devised solutions to the issues such as currency, morality, rights etc, will always be unequal. This is not an opinion, it is His (nature/universe) law. He has designed us differently (similar only in race), this universe is uniquely dual and its chaos are loaded with benefits.

Sense of equality touches our conscious, sounds good, is wonderful in concept, but remains a mirage that a desperate thirsty mind chases. We have choices, stay in pursuit of the mirage as we done since time immemorial, or seek a different beat; preach reality. Let us challenge human mind to adopt to the realities of this universe and take charge of self survival. Our fair mind has always taken care of rare/exceptional unequal human conditions. In the name of equality, organized religion has exploited/failed its followers more than providing claimed benefits.

Let us get real for the sake of our own conscious and broadcast/preach real values as they exist. He has given His creation the adaptability to adjust to the realities of their situation. Fake bleeding hearts and false hope generating exploiters remain the only constant impediment. Nirmal S. Nilvi, Texas.

Class and Academia: On cultivating a sense of entitlement from An und für sich -

My father is a truck driver and though my mother went to college shortly after I did and ultimately became a teacher, she spent my childhood helping to run a small business and then doing various service jobs. At every level of my education, my parents were of little assistance in helping to discern what I should do. My mom opted not to put me in the “gifted program” when offered the opportunity in elementary school. I applied to only one college: Olivet, where I knew I would qualify for a full-tuition scholarship. It seemed obvious to me that I couldn’t afford college anywhere else, even though I had a 4.0, excellent test scores, and a strong record of extra-curricular activities. And when it came time to do grad school, I was already far out of their range of experience.

My ignorance of the practical mechanics of these kinds of processes was exacerbated by a lack of the skills associated with success: social networking above all. But perhaps most important was the emotional burden. Every step I made, it seemed to me, could be my last. One small mistake could lead me tumbling back down to where I really belonged. This sense of the fragility of my position has had profoundly negative emotional effects. The job market is always stressful, but for me it was devestating — far out of proportion to the actual results, which turned out to be really good in the end. I deal with groundless anxiety in my teaching, somehow convinced against all evidence that one small mistake will spell the end. I am also overly sensitive to “pride”-related issues like recognition for my work from other academics.

Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution,” from Per Caritatem 
King calls for solidarity and a concern for humans qua humans.  None of this suggests that King is advocating for a post-racial society where we deny difference. Rather, he sees that in order to fight for justice, human rights, and the like, there must be some common bond, some unity that connects us and yet allows difference to manifest and even be celebrated. In other words, I see in King a desire to hold unity and difference in tension rather than to exalt one over the other.

Joy of being: Practical life and spiritual path The Hindu
Sri Aurobindo calls it 'to watch the thought'. This means, we do not identify with the thought but sit above and watch it. What happens when we sit above ...