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To many in both business and government, the triumph of the self is the ultimate expression of democracy, where power is truly moved into the hands of the people. Certainly the people may feel they are in charge, but are they really?

The Century of the Self – 3:54 running time by Adam Curtis broken into 4 part is long, but worthwhile and  tells the untold and controversial story of the growth of the mass-consumer society. How is the all-consuming self created, by whom, and in whose interest?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=s7EwXmxpExw

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Studies show nature restores our spirits, improves our

thinking, keeps us healthier and probably even saner.

 

Read on: Attention Restoration Theory Taps Nature’s Medicine

In recent years, whenever natural disasters have struck, in what is increasingly becoming a globally interconnected and interdependent world, human beings have come together as an extended family in an outpouring of compassion and concern. For these brief moments of time, we leave behind the many differences that divide us to act as a species. We become Homo empathicus.

Yet, when faced with similar tragedies that are a result of human-induced behavior, rather than precipitated by natural disasters, we are often unable to muster the same collective empathic response. (read on)

Jeremy Rifkin: The Earthquake That Triggered A Global Empathic Response: What The Haitian Crisis Tells Us About Human Nature.

SEE ALSO MY BLOG: URGENT MEMO TO THE WORLD

“THE age of melancholy” is how psychologist Daniel Goleman describes our era. People today experience more depression than previous generations, despite the technological wonders that help us every day. It might be because of them.

Our lifestyles are increasingly driven by technology. Phones, computers and the internet pervade our days. There is a constant, nagging need to check for texts and email, to update Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn profiles, to acquire the latest notebook or 3G cellphone.

Free yourself from oppression by technology – opinion – 27 December 2009 – New Scientist.

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