Suffering

In addition to my many activities I am beginning to share many of the ideas I have picked up on and lessons I have learned. This article was posted on Healing Hearts @ Work, a group I established with my friend and fellow Reiki Master, Michelle –

There is suffering in this world. I don’t believe there would be much debate about that. What is of great interest are the causes of suffering. These include obvious causes such as famine, war, disease, domestic violence and crime. The list does not stop there. You probably have many more that come to mind when you think about it.

What about attachment as a cause of suffering? When we become so attached to things in our lives and those things don’t go the way we would like them to (relationships being a good example, or other
people’s behaviour) then we suffer. We become upset when someone doesn’t greet us or when our relationship doesn’t grow into the kind of relationship we imagined we would be a part of. Mostly we cling to the status quo. When we do that, suffering is inevitable because change is inevitable. Everything changes and one of the few objective truths is that everything is impermanent. So what can you do to limit this form of suffering? Let go. Surrender what you hold so tight to the Universe/God/Higher Power/The Way and let it be what it is. If your relationship isn’t working out the way you would like it to, let go of your idea of how that relationship should be and see it for what it is. It is the same with other people. If they don’t behave the way you would like them to, let go of that notion of how they ought to
behave and accept the way they do behave.

This is not to say that you must like the way things change. Not at all. What I am attempting to convey is that you may be better served by letter do of your expectations and accepting the way things are and
adjusting your behaviour accordingly. If you disapprove of how a friend treats you, perhaps you should re-evaluate that friendship and consider whether remaining in that relationship serves you and is healthy for you both.

What also begins to happen when you let go of your expectations is that you begin to work through your fears. After all, fears are False Expectations Appearing Real as well as False Evidence Appearing Real.

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Goodness gracious, great bursting bras

IOL: A Step Beyond reported on a story about a bra called the Deep Plunge Clearly Daring and made for diving necklines and which seems to have a bit of a flaw in that these bras have been snapping under the strain. This appears to be a defect in a small number of bras and the sturdier ones should be on the shelf shortly. I never seem to be around when these things happen …

Telescopic vision

Every once in a while I look out my office window and look across the road and wish for a telescope or a pair of binoculars so I can watch the people walking past as they go about their business … The voyeur in me peeks out.

My fav browser surges ahead

Well, yet another article about Firefox has hit the papers. 10% market share in the next year? I hope so!

Firefox gains hints browser wars may heat up

Washington – The Internet browser wars, dormant for several years, shows signs of heating up again as a result of gains from a new program called Firefox, a research report showed on Monday.

Use of Firefox, created by the non-profit Mozilla Foundation, has grown by more than a third over the past month, research firm WebSideStory.

In the period from November 5 to December 3, Firefox’s online usage share grew from 3,03 percent to 4,06 percent, following a 13 percent gain during the previous month.

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer retains its overwhelming dominance with 91,8 percent of the market, the report showed. But that has slipped from over 93 percent two months ago.

Some Web users are concerned about the security of Internet Explorer

Microsoft, by integrating the browser into its Windows operating system crushed Netscape Navigator, which had been the dominant browser in the late 1990s, effectively ending the browser wars at the time.

But some Web users are concerned about the security of Internet Explorer and have been using alternatives.

“Since June 4, when IE’s usage share first began to drop due to security concerns, IE has lost a total of 3,68 percentage points,” WebSideStory said.

“Firefox’s gains are clearly accelerating,” said Rand Schulman, WebSideStory’s chief marketing officer. “Much of it has to do with the release of Firefox’s version 1.0 on November 9, after several months of offering a preview version. Firefox’s stated goal of gaining 10 percent of the market over the next year no longer seems unattainable.”

Netscape, which is now a part of Time Warner’s America Online unit, held a 2,83 percent market share in early December, down from 3,05 percent two months earlier.

Netscape shares some of the same origins of Firefox


Netscape shares some of the same origins of Firefox, and includes some of the same features including “tabbed” browsing to allow several pages to be contained within a single window, accessibility to search engines and pop-up blocking. – Sapa-AFP Quickwire

Published on the Web by IOL on 2004-12-13 18:15:03

Do criminals have a choice?

Here is an interesting one I just came across on Wired.com. The title of this article is Are we puppets or free agents? and while the article itself is focussed on the question of whether so-called insane people have a choice when it comes to committing criminal acts, it does touch on a broader question being whether we have free will or whether we are bound by biology or circumstance? I have only quoted a portion of the article (you can view the full article here):

In 1995, the Supreme Court of Georgia heard a lawyer make a novel argument. He had read a study describing violent behavior shared by several generations of men in a Dutch family. Scientists had identified a mutated gene shared by all the violent men, and that’s what got the lawyer’s brain ticking.

The accused, argued the lawyer, might carry a gene — like the men in the Dutch family — that predisposed him to violence. (The lawyer’s client was on trial for murder.) Therefore, went the argument, the accused did not have free will, was innocent of the murder and should be acquitted.

The defense, an attempt at legal trickery remarkable even for a lawyer, failed. However, scientific discoveries, particularly advances in neuroscience, are nevertheless having profound consequences for legal procedure.

For example, the insanity plea in the United States currently requires that the accused does not know, because of mental illness, that he did wrong.

The insanity plea derives from the M’Naghten rule, a case from English law. In 1843, a man named Daniel M’Naghten attempted to assassinate the British prime minister; at his trial, he was found to be insane and the trial was abandoned. From that point on, lawyers saw the power of mounting an insanity defense, and many such claims were made.

“By the early 1980s, half the USA and most federal courts were using some sort of insanity test that incorporated elements of loss of volition,” said Robert Sapolsky of the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford University. “This trend abruptly reversed when the potential assassin of Ronald Reagan, John Hinckley, was acquitted.”

The acquittal caused a public outcry, and U.S. courts were put under intense pressure to make it more difficult to make a plea of insanity and to restrict claims of impaired volition. Now Sapolsky is calling for a serious reassessment of the law.

Asleep in her lap … or not

Couldn’t resist this one. Got this story titled Japanese men lap up woman of foam from IOL:

Tokyo – Japanese men who want to rest their weary heads this Christmas season are finding comfort in the lap of a woman – made of foam.

The torso-less “lap pillow” stands upright like a small cushion and resembles a woman’s legs in a miniskirt.

“Single men find this soothing,” said Mitsuo Takahashi of the seven-employee manufacturer Trane KK.

“From the time people were kids, people have laid their heads on their mothers’ laps to get their ears cleaned,” he said. “This is made to be quite close to the real thing.”

So far the company has shipped about 3 000 of the sets of laps, which are retailing for ¥9 429 (about R500) including tax, Takahashi said.

The healing goods are also selling well as gag gifts for New Year’s parties, he said.

I love this town

Picture it … Monday morning in Johannesburg. The sky is blue and the wispy clouds are scattered across the sky like dabs of white paint. It is now after 2pm and those clouds have come together and darkened and it looks like we are in for a classic Highveld storm. These storms are pretty spectacular with wild lightening and torrential downpours leaving the early evening air clean and fresh and the local landscape very green. What is not to love?
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