5 Lies of the Cynical Mindset

5 Lies of the Cynical Mindset

We accept many falsehoods as truths when we operate under the conceptual umbrella of the Cynical Mindset. This is not surprising once we realize the faulty assumption upon which this mindset is based. The core belief of the Cynical Mindset is that each of us is an...

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A Declaration of Interdependence

A Declaration of Interdependence

The Hopeful Mindset delineates the highly influential differences between the beliefs that arise out of seeing ourselves as independent selves and seeing ourselves as interdependent selves. In this context the word “independent” refers to an individual who believes he...

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Hopeful Values and Human Dignity

Hopeful Values and Human Dignity

My word processor defines dignity as:  the state or quality of being worthy of honour or respect Fair enough, but how do we know when someone is “worthy of honour or respect”? It seems to me that in order to be recognized as “worthy of honour or respect” dignity must...

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A Hopeful New Year

A Hopeful New Year

Although it may not seem like it on the surface I believe a sea change is coming and it is coming sooner than you might think. I think we will see this shift gain momentum in the coming year. In my estimation what we are now witnessing of the forces of separation and...

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Evolution, Fast and Slow

Evolution, Fast and Slow

Humans have come to dominate the planet in a relatively short time. In around 100000 years we have gone from just another species among a myriad of other species all vying for a place in the planetary ecosystem to a species that has overrun the entire planet. In the...

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Justifying Hope in Challenging Times

Justifying Hope in Challenging Times

With the U.S. midterm elections looming on the horizon many people are hoping for an outcome that will contribute to a more compassionate political climate. In the face of this hope are the fears that the election results will turn out to be more of the same, if not...

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The Myth of Rugged Individualism

The Myth of Rugged Individualism

On October 22, 1928, Herbert Hoover gave the penultimate speech of his successful presidential campaign entitled, "Principles and Ideals of the United States Government." In that speech, the self-made millionaire expressed his belief that the American system was based...

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Why Bother When No One Is Listening?

Why Bother When No One Is Listening?

Two friends of mine are currently working on a new CD. This is the second CD they have worked on together. The first CD has received high praise from a number of reviewers but, so far, the sales have not taken off as hoped. In spite of their prodigious skills and...

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