Saturday, January 03, 2015

Respect, love, and charity

These two lovers are to blame for our idea of a “perfect love” or a “perfect relationship”. Romeo and Juliet are also responsible for the staggering number of divorces in our country. Couple seek the passionate romance that these two people have in their marriage, and when they don’t feel it, they then think that the marriage have failed. Even though in reality, just respect, love, and charity is all whats needed in a beautiful and everlasting marriage.

Dr Yuval Noah Harari answers all questions regarding the beginning of humanity until now in his book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. He raises fascinating questions on gender, many species of humans and more
50,000 years ago — which is a very short time in evolutionary terms — earth was home to at least six different human species. Homo sapiens lived in East Africa. The Neanderthals lived in Europe and the Middle East. In East and South Asia lived Homo erectus and Homo denisova. And other species lived on the islands of Indonesia. Just imagine how different our view of the world would have been, if at least one of these other species had survived alongside us. Try to imagine India of today, if besides all the other divisions, there was also a division between Sapiens and Neanderthals. Another shocking discovery is that there were sometimes mixed-couples from different species. Four years ago scientists mapped the entire Neanderthal genome, and it turned out that up to 4% of the unique human genes of modern Europeans come from Neanderthal ancestors. This means that tens of thousands of years ago, people from our species, Homo sapiens, not only had sex with Neanderthals, but even had children together. It is quite amazing to think that we can have children together with animals from a different species. - See more at: 

Has fast paced life got on Mumbai's nerves?
Exponential real-estate development in Mumbai’s extended suburbs has led to the working and middle classes, (the victims of the politician, babus and developer nexus), commuting for hours to work. The resultant stress, physical exertion and pressures of a fast-paced life have led to them going on a hair trigger, lashing out at others at an individual level or against a system at a mass level, as demonstrated during Friday’s violence.

“This gradually affects society,” pointed out PG Jogdand, dean, faculty of arts and head of the department of sociology, MU, pointing out that life on a treadmill has led to the blunting of finer sentiments, selfishness, collapsing interpersonal relationships, rise in individualism and decline in social bonding, and a propensity to violate rules.

He noted that pressures of commuting often forced people to act, without regard to needs of the aged, women, children and disabled and give vent to their personal tensions. “People are not willing to sacrifice and fight for others, they want to protect personal interests and those of their families. A sense of belonging is almost over,” said Jogdand.

“Pressures of urbanisation translate into mental health problems,” said Dr Sanjay Kumavat, former deputy director (mental health), government of maharashtra, pointing to the need to focus on anger management to manage violent reactions. He added that instigation of even a single authoritarian man could trigger violence. “Patience and tolerance reduces because of fast-paced lives while frustrations rise,” noted Kumavat.

Of those serial killers - The Hindu

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