Archive for September, 2009

Faith

September 12, 2009

Faith influences the life of many people in all spheres of their life. A person in moral authority can influence the decisions and life of people that come under his influence.

Clergy, from any religion and from any denomination wield influence on their congregation.  The faithful always look upto them for direction and help. In such a situation the power balance is immeasurably staked in favor of clergy and it is easy for them to take advantage of these vulnerable.

One in every 33 women who attend worship services regularly has been the target of sexual advances by a religious leader, a survey released Wednesday says.

“and clearly the problem is more than simply a few charismatic leaders preying on vulnerable followers,” said Diana Garland, dean of Baylor’s School of Social Work, who co-authored the study.

The consequences are terrible on the victim. They may suffer lasting psychological and spiritual consequences from the relationship, including depression and a deep distrust of organized religion.

It may shake the very foundation of faith.

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Gift from Life

September 10, 2009

The following verse, that I had collected since long caught my eye while cleaning my disk.  Thought I would share it here.

This has a curious attraction, life gives us something else along with what we want.  Poet has described it so subtly, smoothly, touchingly. I liked it very much.

Life is a two sided coin always
When I picked up one
Unnoticed the other side came
Part and parcel.
And oh! I said, but I did not ask for this
Life smiled at me and said,
But child you dearly wanted that.

So that is what life is. In retrospect, humans do not gain anything or they lose anything. Life is a double edged sword, it takes in one hand, but remember it compensates you as well.  So, do not lose hope, or get discouraged when the troubles strike you along with streaks of fortune.

Education

September 9, 2009

Obama has embraced education to increase national competitiveness. He, being brought up in difficult situations has understood the value of education in furthering ones ambitions.  His speech to high school students this Tuesday centred around- put in your full efforts in studies for your and national benefit.

In his speech, Obama noted how lucky he was to have a mother who valued education. Though he couldn’t afford the nicest schools when growing up abroad, Obama said his mother pushed him to put in additional efforts.

Obama also talked about staying in school in order to pursue higher paying and more rewarding careers.

But the life has changed.  Researchers studying how to improve graduation rates at public colleges and universities have come up with a surprising and counter-intuitive finding: Many students may fail to complete a bachelor’s degree not because the work is too hard — but because they’re not challenged enough.

USA Today reports (http://tr.im/ygO8) that many students do not graduate because they are not challenged enough!!!!.

Indecent Pants

September 9, 2009

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Lubna Ahmed Al Hussein is out from jail. She had already declared she will not pay a fine, but is willing to go to jail. The courts on appeal came down from lashes to fine. But Lubna did not appeal against the fine. What this episode accomplished? is a big question mark.

In any country, people have to observe a certain dress code. This depends on the society, in which one is living. In some countries full coverage like burkha for women is compulsory. In Saudi Arabia, a staunch supporter of American initiative against terrorism, women have to wear burkha in public.

Sudan, a society molded under the Islamic teachings, insists on the women to dress as it is taught in Islamic scriptures. Even Lubna came to the court wearing a traditional Sudanese scarf.  This only shows, no one can escape their upbringing.

In Muslim world, nothing changes unless the Islam changes. Islam changes only when interpretation, modification and liberalization of Quranic teachings  are accepted at large.

Faith

September 9, 2009

Human beings are programed by evolution to believe in some super being, because it gives them a better chance at survival, researchers have claimed. This conclusion was arrived at by Bruce Hood, professor of developmental psychology at Bristol University after an extensive study as quoted by the Times.

He further states “Our research shows children have a natural, intuitive way of reasoning that leads them to all kinds of supernatural beliefs about how the world works”.  His work is also supported by other researchers who have found evidence linking religious feelings and experience to particular regions of the brain.  They suggest people are programed to get a feeling of spirituality from electrical activity in these regions.

It is really a victory for propagators of organized religions.   The faith in God is an inborn, intuitive feeling to humans and it is not a forced tendency. The idea of “God” is etched in the psyche of humans, and it gives them an sense of “belonging”, that spurs them to live on.

Caster Semenya

September 8, 2009

Caster Semenya has been pulled on the rug more harshly than any other athlete.  It is a gender storm that rakes up all sorts of dirt. There is no systematic, civilized approach to get proper answer. But whole thing looks as if authority is out to get an innocent.

Sex tests were carried out on 800m champion runner before her Berlin gold medal win. This should have satisfied the world. If these tests were not enough to satisfy the curiosity, the very reputation of Berlin organizers is in doubt.  She has reached a stage where these primary doubts should have been cleared long back. Why all these athletic associations and federations accepted her as a female and allowed her to compete as one?

Furious South Africans have accused the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) of everything from racism to imperialism for ordering the test after her rapid improvement over the last year raised its suspicions.

Meanwhile, Caster has modeled, she has been put on the front page as a model by a South African paper, and she liked the lime-light of modeling.


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