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Archive for April 2017

Violence, retaliation not the only solution

Pope John Paul II said, “Another name for peace is development.” How does this statement hold up when tested against the current global state of affairs? For nearly 20 years, our world has been in an almost constant state of emergency, and it seems to be getting worse. American scholar Noam Chomsky points out that…

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The Looking Glass Self

In the early 20th century, sociologist Charles Horton Cooley came up with the concept of “the looking glass self”, meaning that we humans have a tendency to see ourselves in the way that we believe others see us. If we think that other people like us, we will think that we are likeable. If we…

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The Looking Glass Self

In the early 20th century, sociologist Charles Horton Cooley came up with the concept of “the looking glass self”, meaning that we humans have a tendency to see ourselves in the way that we believe others see us. If we think that other people like us, we will think that we are likeable. If we…

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The Abundance Paradox

There is a quote in the Quran which states, “Any who is grateful does so to the profit of his own soul.” Research shows that those who practice gratitude have stronger immune systems, lower blood pressure, demonstrate greater compassion, experience more optimism and happiness, feel more connected, and experience numerous other benefits. One of the…

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Building Global Understanding in the Digital Age

In his classic book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey tells us that we should “seek first to understand and then to be understood.” This is one of the key elements in building global understanding. How do we achieve it, however, living in the digital age? Megan Phelps-Roper grew up as a member…

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