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Elite Insanity on Display in Ukraine

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 3:37 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

For those of us interested in understanding what is driving the conflict in Ukraine, now seriously complicated by the shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet – which has raised the potential of the conflict to explode into a nuclear ... More >>

The Political Objective and Strategic Goal of Nonviolence

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 4:52 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

All nonviolent struggles are conducted simultaneously in the political and strategic spheres, and these spheres, which are distinct, interact throughout. I have discussed this at length elsewhere: see 'The Strategy of Nonviolent Defense: A Gandhian Approach'. More >>

Why Are Most Human Beings So Powerless?

Wednesday, 9 July 2014, 2:49 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

Human beings stand at the edge of extinction and yet few of us are mobilized in defense of human existence. Why is this? And what can we do about it? Unless someone lives in a cave secluded from all news, the evidence that human beings are in deep trouble ... More >>

The Journey to Self-Awareness

Wednesday, 11 June 2014, 4:02 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

Self-awareness is the capacity to pay conscious attention to all aspects of yourself: to use sensory capacities such as sight, hearing and touch to provide accurate information about the external world; to use feelings such as thirst, hunger, nausea, dizziness ... More >>

Human Intelligence or Human Awareness?

Wednesday, 21 May 2014, 2:31 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

The human organism, at birth, is capable of becoming an integrated whole. And it is only by becoming an integrated whole that it can function optimally. What does this mean? More >>

Human Emotions: Genetically Programmed or Socially Learned?

Thursday, 8 May 2014, 1:52 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

It is easy to fall into the trap of assuming that each human being has a more or less identical range of emotions. This is not so. Just as each human individual is physically unique while fitting into a general physical shape (that usually, but ... More >>

Forgiveness is Dysfunctional

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 3:07 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

Certain religious traditions, including Christianity, emphasise the importance of forgiveness. I want to explain why forgiveness is misconceived and, therefore, a bad idea. And why there are important psychological reasons for this. In essence, ... More >>

The Struggle for Humanity

Thursday, 3 April 2014, 3:57 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

Sociologists, political scientists, activists of various persuasions and many others often describe social stratification in terms of such measures as class, race and gender. There is much talk in the academic and other literature about the working ... More >>

What Do Children Need?

Wednesday, 19 March 2014, 4:58 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

Apart from having its physical needs met, the primary needs of children are for stimulus and attention. Children are genetically programmed to move about to explore their world and to focus their attention on an endless succession of natural phenomena ... More >>

Why do we fear the Truth?

Wednesday, 19 February 2014, 4:20 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

If we want to take appropriate action to fix something that is not working properly, then it is necessary to understand, precisely, the nature of the problem. Obviously, if our diagnosis is inaccurate, then the solution applied is unlikely to work. This ... More >>

The Global Elite is Insane

Wednesday, 5 February 2014, 6:39 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

In a recent report titled 'Working for the Few: Political capture and economic inequality' Oxfam informs us that 'Almost half of the world's wealth is now owned by just one percent of the population'. Their report goes on to recommend that the World Economic ... More >>

An Open Letter to Soldiers with 'Mental Health' Issues

Wednesday, 22 January 2014, 4:23 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

Are you a soldier or veteran who is supposed to have a 'mental health' issue such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia or PTSD? If you are, then I have some suggestions for you to consider. More >>

Fundamentalism: A Psychological Problem

Thursday, 9 January 2014, 12:48 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

Fundamentalism is a widespread problem. It often manifests in a religious context - making it highly visible - but there are plenty of secular fundamentalists too. If we are to understand fundamentalism we should not view it as a religious problem: ... More >>

Defeating the Violence in Our Food and Medicine

Tuesday, 17 December 2013, 3:48 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

Critiques of the mainstream (allopathic) medical industry have long drawn attention to its death-dealing. In fact, according to one heavily-researched report, 'It is evident that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury ... More >>

Lobbying Elites: The Fast Track to Extinction

Wednesday, 4 December 2013, 6:06 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

As we evaluate the outcomes of the recent UN climate negotiations in Warsaw, one lesson that we are invited to learn, again, relates to our strategy for getting effective action taken on the ongoing climate catastrophe and other critical environmental ... More >>

Why Don't We Try to Understand and End Human Violence?

Tuesday, 26 November 2013, 5:29 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

The pre-eminent problem confronting humankind is human violence. It is our own violence, in its various guises, including the ongoing possibility of nuclear war and the ongoing devastation of the natural environment, that threaten to consign us to the fossil ... More >>

My Promise to Children

Wednesday, 13 November 2013, 10:38 am | Robert J. Burrowes

Every day, human adults kill 35,000 of our children. We kill them in wars. We kill them with drones. We kill them in our homes. We also kill children in vast numbers by starving them to death in Africa, Asia and Central/South America because we use ... More >>

The Struggle for Meaning in a World of Violence

Thursday, 24 October 2013, 5:40 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

What is the measure of a human being? Is it their wealth? Their wisdom? Their spirituality? Is it something that can be measured from the outside? What if it is something else altogether? More >>

Human Violence: Understanding it. Ending it.

Friday, 11 October 2013, 12:51 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

Violence is the most pervasive and destructive human problem of them all. It has been present for as long as history records. We are mired in it, all over the world, every day of our lives. It now threatens to obliterate us from the historical record ... More >>

Life on the Line: Can Humanity Survive?

Monday, 30 September 2013, 11:47 am | Robert J. Burrowes

As we approach the International Day of Nonviolence on 2 October, which recognizes Mahatma Gandhi's birthday, one challenge we face is to celebrate his life in a way that Gandhi himself would have found meaningful. Gandhi was not a man of token gestures. More >>

 

 

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