Think Less, Think Better
The New York Times: Link
All this while, I was under the impression that the more engaged one’s mind is, better it gets at handling information, both qualitatively and quantitatively. This has proven to be true in terms of a gradual improvement in the quantum of data that is one is equipped to process (from my own experiences), it might not be true in when it comes to generating original thoughts. This could also be the reason why good authors, screenplay writers, playwrights etc prefer a solemn and serene location in contrast to being in the middle of an urban sprawl, no matter how much inconvenient it is to arrange inventories. The core recommendation of the article is to engage in a unwinding activity that ensures that one’s thoughts are drained out and creativity is replenished like unclogging one’s bathroom drain (Forgive me, for the unpleasant analogy). Like physical fitness, dental health and dietary practices, one also need to engage in taking care of her mental fitness too.
The People Who Can’t Stop Eating Dirt
The idea of eating dirt is likely to create a potpourri of emotions ranging from curiosity to aversion. No matter how alien it sounds, it is a widely practiced eating habit in the tropical areas of the globe. Pregnant ladies is first to feature in this list since they seem to have a craving similar to that for chocolate. A group of researchers are of the opinion that dirt act as a coupling agent which attaches itself to the toxic bodies in our digestive system and helps in the ejection of the same. Apparently, it is also covers up for nutrient deficiencies found in humans, which may not be fulfilled through traditional food supplies. Skeptics of ‘geophagy’ finds the hazard of exposing oneself to soil borne diseases to be too huge to be ignored. Either way, the article reminded me of my childhood, when I have pushed a fair share of dirt down my throat, whenever I was allowed to play outside.
How Leaving America Changes What People Think About Guns
From the perspective of a person who has never seen somebody using a gun in real life, the idea of living in country where the constitution guarantees one the right to carry firearms in public seems nothing short of barbaric and uncivilized. Of course, this could be a very parochial view considering that there would be strong socio-cultural reasons as to why the rights are guaranteed in the first place. This article goes on to show how perceptions of people who go out of USA can change to the extent that they start to question their own idea of safety in the native place. They realise that they were living in self-assured bubble of safety to put it in mild terms. On a philosophical level, this goes on to prove that it is very important to challenge one’s belief system to arrive at the truth. Here, the truth being the fact that establishing peace in the neighbourhood is not the exclusive domain or the prerogative of liberal gun control laws, but other non-violent methods too. It’s hard to come in terms with the idea of American Dream that allows the olive leaf carried by the dove (symbol of peace) be replaced by an assault rifle.