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When we react to atrocity with fury, we give the forces of illusion control over both sides of the war

Suppose two countries start fighting because one of them has done something terrible. Suppose further that one side is...


God takes our potential seriously, do we?

Suppose a coach takes the potential of a budding cricketer seriously. That means even if the player goes through a bad...


The more our consciousness is crowded, the more our conscience becomes clouded

Suppose we are walking through a crowded place where people are pushing each other. In that crush, if a pickpocket...


To get the consequences of our wrongdoings may feel like misfortune, but it can save us from misfortune

Suppose someone gambles for the first time. If they lose, they will consider it a misfortune. Actually however, it can...


If we start dwelling on whatever our mind is thinking, our thinking starts stinking

Suppose something is stinking in our home. We will immediately find and remove it.  We need to do the same when our...


Raised fists or linked arms don’t transform as effectively as folded hands

Suppose we see something terribly wrong in the world around us. It may impel us to raise our fists in shocked protest. Or...


More important than staying in touch with the world is staying in touch with ourselves

We often want to stay in touch with the world, ostensibly to be prepared in case something happens somewhere that is...


Philosophical education teaches us how to think, ideological indoctrination tells us what to think

We all speak, but that doesn’t mean we know how to speak effectively. Similarly, we all think, but that doesn’t mean...


Even if we can’t drive away inner impurities, we can still drive away from inner impurities

Suppose an obscene billboard comes up in our neighborhood. If we want our locality to be family-friendly, we will want...


Power needs to be kept out of the hands of those who worship power

To do anything at all, we need power, be it physical, electrical, political or whatever else. On seeing how much can be...


When we are praying, know that God is hearing us better than we are speaking

Suppose we are speaking with someone and we sense that they aren’t really hearing us, that they aren’t offering us...


When we say no to God, it’s mostly because we don’t know God

Contemporary society has largely said no to God — not so much by denying his existence as by relegating him to...


If we are defeated by temptation, it doesn’t mean we can’t win — it just means we can’t win alone

Suppose we resolve to reject a temptation, but fail, and fail repeatedly. We may become disheartened thinking, “I...