In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighbourhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works ... unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.’
Chairman of the United Nations Human Rights Commission, 1948
Even if our stories are different, broken, bruised and skinned hearts recognize each other,
and when they come together they have the power to heal and create change.
The lesson is simple
Don’t look away. Don’t look down.
Don’t pretend not to see hurt.
Look people in the eye.
Even when their pain is overwhelming.
And, when you’re in pain,
Find people who can look you in the eye.
We need to know we’re not alone – especially when we’re hurting.
"The biggest casualty from heartbreak, disappointment and failure is not just loss of trust with other people
but the loss of self trust."
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You Are Stealing Our Future: Greta Thunberg, 15,
Condemns the World’s Inaction on Climate Change
"Greta Thunberg realized at a young age the lapse in what several climate experts were saying and in the actions that were being taken in society. The difference was so drastic in her opinion that she decided to take matters into her own hands. Greta is a 15-year-old Stockholm native who lives at home with her parents and sister Beata. She’s a 9th grader in Stockholm who enjoys spending her spare time riding Icelandic horses, spending time with her families two dogs, Moses and Roxy. She loves animals and has a passion for books and science. At a young age, she became interested in the environment and convinced her family to adopt a sustainable lifestyle. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community"
Professor Ellen Langer once apologized when she bumped into a mannequin, the kind of automatic, mindless response she says robs us of the benefits of being mindfully engaged in day-to-day existence.Langer, the first woman to be tenured in Harvard’s Psychology Department, has spent decades ...
In her research, she explicitly mentions mindlessness in opposition to mindfulness.
Langer, the first woman to be tenured in Harvard’s Psychology Department, has spent decades studying both mindless behavior and its opposite, making her the “mother of mindfulness” to many. She spoke to Alvin Powell from the Harvard Gazette about the power of psychology, the problem with absolutes, and more.
Her research supplies evidence that most of us are “not there” much of the time. When we are mindless, we are not able to take advantage of opportunities that present themselves, we are not able to avert danger not yet arisen, we are not there, and we are oblivious to not being there.
Her research found that most of what people believe, is what they’ve been taught and read about, they’ve learned mindlessly, they’ve learned as absolute fact. And, because everything is always changing and the context is changing, absolutes need to be questioned. And she questioned them. '...You say something “has to be” and my first — almost mindless — knee-jerk reaction is, well, “Why?” And, “How might it be other?”...'