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Posts by Gerry Chidiac

Truth will triumph – but not without our help

There is a Hindu saying, “Truthfulness alone constitutes the spiritual discipline of the Kali Yuga.” As we study the beliefs of our sisters and brothers, we realize how universal wisdom always points to truth. The Kali Yuga, the age of the goddess Kali, is a time of death and destruction, but also a time of…

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Shaping our future through public education

The twenty-first century is a fascinating time to be a teacher, and there are amazing things happening in British Columbia schools for many reasons. First of all, funding for schools does not vary from one neighbourhood to another. The result is that some of our best teachers are drawn to schools with children with high…

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Laughing in the face of despair and tragedy

Humourist Paul Lowney said, “Laughter has no foreign accent.” Humour is a beautiful thing, and it really does sound the same, no matter what language we speak. It breaks down the walls that divide us and brings us together, building empathy and understanding. Preliminary research is also demonstrating that laughter has tremendous health benefits. It…

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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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Helping the homeless helps everyone

Former American president Jimmy Carter said, “The measure of a society is found in how they treat their weakest and most helpless citizens.” A new idea is emerging in Canada which is as innovative and revolutionary as public education and socialized medicine were in their day. In 2009, the city of Medicine Hat, Alberta established…

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