The Interconnected Age

Viktor Frankl: Why to believe in others

A simple enough principle to practice, which will, even in the short run, make our lives much saner and more secure.

In this rare clip from 1972, legendary psychiatrist and Holocaust-survivor Viktor Frankl delivers a powerful message about the human search for meaning — and the most important gift we can give others —- Overestimating them!

Question:

What if I over-estimate everyone? Will I just be disappointed with them? Or do I make them become what they can be?

The Brotherhood of Man (1946)


An animated film, in humorous style, which makes the point that dissimilarities between people are not basic but result from superficial environmental influences.



The abstract concept “society” means to the individual human being the sum total of his direct and indirect relations to his contemporaries and to all the people of earlier generations. The individual is able to think, feel, strive, and work by himself; but he depends so much upon society—in his physical, intellectual, and emotional existence—that it is impossible to think of him, or to understand him, outside the framework of society. It is “society” which provides man with food, clothing, a home, the tools of work, language, the forms of thought, and most of the content of thought; his life is made possible through the labor and the accomplishments of the many millions past and present who are all hidden behind the small word ‘society’.” - Albert Einstein

Doll Face - The Power Media Can Have

A study done in Israel showed that school-age kids spend roughly the same amount of time in front of the television as they spend in school.
And adults, well, usually spend a lot more time in front of the TV than in school.

And the influences of the Media on society are all too clear.
Who controls this influence, controls the people. Their eating habits, their clothing preferences, what they’ll spend money on, which toys their children will nag them to buy, what they’ll think is worthy and good, and what they think is rotten and evil.

However, now, the power is moving into the hands of the people.
Thank you Internet!

And you too, who cares about his own future and the future of his offspring, would be very wise to use this tool, as it educates and reforms the opinions of people and can, in little time, bring us to a state of peaceful coexistence with nature and our human peers.

Interesting to note:
After the movie Pretty Woman, the percentage of young American girls turning to prostitution skyrocketed

Jacque Fresco on Larry King (1974) (summary)

Creator of the Venus Project, Jacque Fresco, talks about what the future holds, and mostly about the ills of our society.

Namely, competition, which he believes to be an affront to nature, or as he brilliantly puts it: “What competition exists in your body? …You’d rot away in a month, if every organ in your body went out for itself”

And education: “Population control depends on education. We feel that an educated population requires no control”


Question:

What do you think Jacque means by “An educated population requires no control”?

Children See, Children Do

This beautiful clip shows what our future may look like, depending on the examples we give. Children learn from example. And so do adults.

“Children learn by trying to do something, by failing, and by being told about or by copying some new behavior that has better results. This perspective is founded on the simple but central insight that children are trying to do something rather than to know something. In other words, they are learning by doing.Dr. Roger Schank


"Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe." - H.G Wells


Question:

How could could we have adults giving good examples to their children when they themselves are under the influence of the environment?

Water, Consciousness & Intent: Dr. Masaru Emoto

A brilliant experiment in which water was subjected to all manner of thoughts and emotions and frozen. The shapes these ice crystals then took, speak for for themselves.
And as the video says, if our thoughts have such powerful effects on water, and our bodies are upwards of 60% water, then imagine how our thoughts and desires affect the people around us.

And assuming we do try to think good things, help the people, and help the word?

Well….

We always receive what we request. Always.

The question is, do you yourself know what you’re asking?

It could be that you’re thinking of one thing, but meanwhile your hand fills the requisition form, and in it you write something completely different.
Do you know what it is that you truly want, in the depth of your heart? Your words are always pretty, but what’s inside? Do you feel, sometimes, that it’s a little different than the words?

Prevent Health Problems By Taking Care Of Your Environment

Why is health-care such a huge issue today? Why are hospitals the world-over operating at significant percentages over-capacity?
Could most diseases be tracked back to ginormous polluting industries which produce heaps and and heaps of toxic waste and even more toxic products which people don’t really need but are willing to sacrifice their lives and the lives of others to nevertheless possess, because of the commercial, consumerist values inherent in their society?

It is not innate in nature that we become ill. It is our own doing.



"A very simple experiment that is very profound for us today is: If i took my dish, a plastic petri dish with cells in it, and moved it from a healthy environment to a less than healthy environment the cells get sick. And if I were a doctor of cells, well, you might say "what kind of drugs would you give these cells?"… It turns out, no, you don’t give the cells any drugs. You just take the dish from the bad environment, put it back into a good environment, and the cells will innately, naturally, come back to health again" - Dr. Bruce Lipton

Epigenetics - The Ghost In Your Genes

The science of Epigenetics shows that our environment affects not only our health, but the genes we pass on.

Now think of what kind of environment you live in.

Is it stressful? Is it unhealthy, polluted?
Epigenetics suggest that If we want to have healthy children we should worry about the environment we live in a lot more. The environment you live in functions like an “on/off” switch for your genes.

"After the tragic events of September 11th 2001, Rachel Yehuda, a psychologist at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, studied the effects of stress on a group of women who were inside or near the World Trade Center and were pregnant at the time. Produced in conjunction with Jonathan Seckl, an Edinburgh doctor, her results suggest that stress effects can pass down generations. Meanwhile research at Washington State University points to toxic effects like exposure to fungicides or pesticides causing biological changes in rats that persist for at least four generations.
This work is at the forefront of a paradigm shift in scientific thinking. It will change the way the causes of disease are viewed, as well as the importance of lifestyles and family relationships. What people do no longer just affects themselves, but can determine the health of their children and grandchildren in decades to come.”

Rural Farmers Unite To Feed Wall Street Protesters

Those who are homeless and jobless, the outcasts of our cold society, suddenly become pillars and supporters of the community, loving and giving, when the values of their community change from cold self-interest to unity for a common goal and mutual responsibility.
It’s not a miracle. It’s the natural effect of an open, goal driven society where people learn to feel responsible for one-another. It’s the natural effect of social cohesion and unity of purpose.


""I’m looking and talking about the psychosocial effects of inequality. More to do with feelings of superiority and inferiority, of being valued and devalued, respected and disrespected. And of course, those feelings of the status competition that comes out of that drives the consumerism in our society. It also leads to status insecurity. We worry more about how we’re judged and seen by others, whether we’re regarded as attractive, clever, all that kind of thing. The social-evaluative judgments increase, the fear of those social-evaluative judgments…
So what we’re looking at is general social disfunction related to inequality. It’s not just one or two things that go wrong, it’s most things.” - Dr. Richard Wilkinson