Khi quan chức ngày càng mê tín

07:00 | 09/04/2013

(Petrotimes) – Chưa có kết luận chính xác nào cho rằng những người tin vào thánh thần, tin vào truyền thuyết, huyền thoại để cầu cúng, lễ bái là có trình độ dân trí thấp, cần phải giáo dục. Nhiều tín đồ có trình độ học vấn cao, họ vẫn “siêu mê tín” vào đấng thần linh có thể cứu rỗi họ. Nhiều vị tổng thống có tiếng trên thế giới, khi nhậm chức còn ngửa tay lên trời cầu nguyện Thượng đế ban phước lành.

Minh Vũ (NLM số 211)

Cuộc sống ngày càng khó khăn và nhộn nhạo thì con người càng dễ tìm về cội nguồn, hướng về một tôn giáo hay tín ngưỡng nào đó để họ có niềm tin trong cuộc sống. Có một điều rất quen thuộc là, cho dù sự thành công là kết quả của lỗ lực bản thân nhưng người ta vẫn không quên nói rằng đó là do “có quý nhân phù hộ” hay “Trời Phật có mắt”.

Và quan chức ở ta cũng không nằm ngoài quy luật ấy. Thậm chí họ mê tín hơn hẳn những người chắc có chức vụ bởi càng có chức vụ lớn thì họ càng cần phải có một chỗ dựa tinh thần vững chắc để tiếp tục đấu tranh trong công việc, cọ sát cùng môi trường làm việc cạnh tranh khốc liệt. Đôi lúc, nó còn là “ô dù” lớn nhất che đỡ cho thành công chốn quan trường. Tiếp tục đọc “Khi quan chức ngày càng mê tín”

A Zen Master’s Advice On Coping With Trump

huffingtonpost_For HuffPost’s #LoveTakesAction series, we’re telling stories of how people are standing up to hate and supporting those most threatened. What will you stand up for? Tell us with #LoveTakesAction.

What can Zen Buddhism teach us about the art of effective activism in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidency?

Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, who has been a social and environmental activist for more than 40 years, has said the most important thing for those feeling a sense of despair is to remember that meeting anger with more anger only makes matters worse.

The 90-year-old Vietnamese monk, who is considered to be one of the world’s leading spiritual teachers, is known for creating the idea of Engaged Buddhism, a method of linking mindfulness with social action.

His essential teaching on activism is that mindfulness gives people the ability to find peace in themselves so that their actions come from a place of compassion.

“Mindfulness must be engaged,” Hanh writes in his new book At Home in the World. “Once we see that something needs to be done, we must take action. Seeing and action go together. Otherwise, what is the point in seeing?”

“Nonviolence is not a set of techniques that you can learn with your intellect,” he goes on to say. “Nonviolent action arises from the compassion, lucidity and understanding you have within.”

Drawing from his own experience in seeking an end to the Vietnam War, Hanh writes that activists must learn to look after themselves if they are to be effective:

[I]f we don’t maintain a balance between our work and the nourishment we need, we won’t be very successful. The practice of walking meditation, mindful breathing, allowing our body and mind to rest, and getting in touch with the refreshing and healing elements inside and around us is crucial for our survival.

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Thich Nhat Hanh.
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The rise of the cashless city: ‘There is this real danger of exclusion’

theguardian_Cities from Sweden to India are pushing for a totally cash-free society. But as more shops and transport networks insist on electronic payments, where does this leave the smallest traders and poorest inhabitants?

Homeless man begs in London
A two-tier city: as many go increasingly cash-free, others are left behind. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images 

West Bank garden of teargas canisters – in pictures

theguardian _ The Palestinian residents of Bilin have come up with a novel use for the teargas canisters left over from clashes with Israeli soldiers during the weekly protest against the West Bank separation barrier

Tiếp tục đọc “West Bank garden of teargas canisters – in pictures”

Vietnam powerless to stop illegal gold mining

An accident last Tuesday that killed four gold miners in the south-central province of Quang Nam has once again given rise to public disquiet over illegal gold mining in central Vietnam.

Despite nearly 40 people having been killed in nine separate gold mine accidents in Quang Nam alone since 2009, thousands continue to put their lives at risk while digging up ranges of mountains in the unlawful pursuit of the precious metal.

Despite nearly 40 people having been killed in nine separate gold mineaccidents in Quang Nam alone since 2009, thousands continue to put their lives at risk while digging up ranges of mountains in the unlawful pursuit of the precious metal.

Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam powerless to stop illegal gold mining”

Why I put 400 condoms in the kitchen drawer for my sons

As a youth worker, Amy Barwise is used to dealing with pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, but after a week of revelations at home and work she decided safer was better than sorry

The doctor told me that teens are most likely to have sex after school before their parents get home from work. Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian

theguardian – An hour before the kids get home from school on Friday, I check the kitchen drawer where I’ve left about 400 condoms for the boys. It’s virtually empty. Clearly it’s been a busy week on the sexual front in my small house. Nothing to do with me and I’ve been in all week, so I know there’s been no action within these four walls.

I make a cup of tea and mull it over. It’s been a hectic week.

Last Friday, the landline rang. As it usually means it’s someone over 40 calling, nobody else answers, so I do. But it was my son Ben’s best mate; sunny, chatty Danny. He sounded like he was a million miles away. He asked if Ben was in and when I said yes, he explained he needed to talk to him and was coming straight over. And he was gone.

I told Ben, who looked shifty. Nothing unusual in that.

I guessed the call had something to do with last Saturday’s sleepover at another friend’s house. Danny had siphoned off the top inch of spirits from his parents’ collection and mixed them into such a lethal cocktail that he was hospitalised and his dad was called. Tiếp tục đọc “Why I put 400 condoms in the kitchen drawer for my sons”

Why states with more marriages are richer states

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Washingtonpost – There is a story gaining steam among some academics that suggests the institution of marriage — particularly marriage for parents of young children — could play an important role in strengthening the American economy. It is a story about growth and poverty, about responsibility and work ethic.

And largely, it is a story about men.

According to new research, states with a high concentration of married couples experience faster economic growth, less child poverty and more economic mobility than states where fewer adults are married, even after controlling for a variety of economic and demographic factors. The study, from the conservative American Enterprise Institute and the Institute for Family Studies, also finds that the share of parents who are married in a state is a better predictor of that state’s economic health than the racial composition and educational attainment of the state’s residents. Tiếp tục đọc “Why states with more marriages are richer states”

Juvenile abortion rate remains high

A range of obstetrics and gynecology clinics sit along Giai Phong Street, across from Bach Mai Hospital. — Illustrative photo vietnamnet.vn

Vietnamnews.vn – HA NOI (VNS) — A range of obstetrics and gynecology clinics sit along Giai Phong Street, across from Bach Mai Hospital.

Staff members wearing white blouses wait at the front doors of those private facilities, ready to approach anyone who passes by slowly or appears to be seeking an abortion. Tiếp tục đọc “Juvenile abortion rate remains high”