Thursday, March 10, 2005

Ancient Egyptians believed that upon death they would be asked two questions and their answers would determine whether they could continue their journey in the afterlife. The first question was, "Did you bring joy?" The second was, "Did you find joy?" Christians point out that J, stands for Jesus, O, stands for others, and the final Y, stands for You. In my books J, stands for Justice. Once we have justice be it at work, home or neighbourhood the cup of our little lives is inclined to be filled with joy instead of the poison.
Give me your tired, your poor editorial assistant. Sixteenth-century Indian street sweepers probably made more than the poor souls who venture into entry-level publishing jobs You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men

Art of Living & Literature Across Frontiers: You Can Buy Happiness
I can remember the day I learned to ride a bike. I must have been about eight. In those days, at least in that part of England, there were no such things as training wheels and the smallest bicycles had twenty-four-inch wheels. I just kept pushing, wobbling, and gliding along, and suddenly, I could do it!

The sun came out from behind a cloud and the entire world shone with warm and radiant delight. Every day for the next few weeks, I spent hours just cycling up and down or round and round in circles. Could there be anything to beat this?
Six months later I was still pleased I could ride a bike, and I still got some direct fulfillment out of this activity, but I would not have dreamed of riding around just for the sheer pleasure of it — not for more than a couple of minutes, anyhow. Cycling had become about 98 percent instrumental, a way to get from one place to another, and only about two percent intrinsically gratifying.

• Why More Is Less How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse [ Who's Your Daddy? ; Reconsidering the maternal memoir-cum-manifesto The Real Myth of Motherhood A new revelation: Adam and Eve were Imrish ]
• · The trick of faith is to believe in advance what will only make sense in reverse The Coming Cold River Age ; Humans today are the only animals on Earth to have a teenage phase, yet we have very little idea why Teenagers special: The original rebels ; Does fish oil help with your child’s behaviour problems? Do you opt for gloves or bandages to stop your five-year-old sucking his thumb? And where do you stand on “injecting silly humour and fun into every day home life” to relieve family tension? Can we have really regressed so far that we no longer know how to raise our kids?
• · · The next 'Da Vinci Code'? Medieval mystery sparks rush for Renaissance text ; Arguing that “military means can destroy, but cannot create,” Falk asserts that “[t]he more fundamental struggle, at the very center of the normative project, is to challenge war itself, the social and political process of mass international killing in the name of the state . . . allegedly on behalf of security in self-defense.” From Berlin to Bonn to Baghdad: A Space for Infinite Justice
• · · · Kevin Guilfoile's debut thriller gets a seriously good write-up 'Cast of Shadows': Copycat Killer ; There are innate differences between males and females. And if we want everyone to succeed, we shouldn't dismiss them Just like a woman
• · · · · Considering that The Beauty Exchange suggests women are victims of media pressure to look good, it might surprise some viewers to know that the four key women in the film did not object to how they were depicted Film exposes beauty myth; A study looks at the benefits of having imaginary friends
• · · · · · Fine, so you no longer want to sit in an office from nine to five, watching the clock and wondering why time passes so slowly. Having trouble motivating yourself at work? Here are 15 tips from Ode; Should every secret be revealed? Is it always a good thing to tell the truth?