Deepak Chopra and Intent

Deepak Chopra and Intent

Why Do Political Lies Work?

posted by dchopra

Anyone who wants to reform American politics has to seriously consider the pros and cons of lying. Telling people what they want to hear has rarely lost an election. Yet nobody wants to be on the Titanic, reassured that what they felt was just a tiny bump. To begin with, there’s an assumption that no candidate can win by telling the whole truth . The Dennis Kucinich school of bald-faced candor is usually fatal. The phrase “lying politician” rolls easily off the tongue, and yet a balancing act is required. We expect politicians to lie in some areas but not others. Pollsters have not found a simple formula for success, although being positive comes as close as any. Voters don’t elect whistle-blowers and Cassandras. In the present climate there are certain painful truths that cannot be safely uttered in public.

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The New Evangelicalism: “Not to Attack or Exclude”

posted by dchopra

An article by Deepak Chopra in the Washington Post in response to their question:
Some Christian leaders issued “An Evangelical Manifesto” last week to depoliticize the term ‘evangelical.’ “We evangelicals are defined theologically, and not politically, socially or culturally,” they said. In your mind, what is the definition of an evangelical? The New Evangelicalism: “Not to Attack or Exclude”

The Real Cure For Evil Is Also the Fastest

posted by dchopra

I have no patience for theories of universal evil — that is, attributing evil to Satan, the fall of man, genes, human nature, or unnamed dark forces lurking in our unconscious. In one way or another, these theories have increased the effects of evil rather than alleviating them. In addition, they are false, or at the very least unprovable. Evil may be powerful, but nobody has ever photographed the devil or caught the unconscious on an MRI. On the other hand, there’s enormous validity in viewing evil as something very different: a matter of perception. We all know this from everyday life. We forgive our children for things that we condemn harshly in another person’s child. Our perception is colored by love and loyalty on one hand but not the other.

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To save lives, is it justified to invade Myanmar? (by Mallika Chopra)

posted by Mallika Chopra

Time Magazine asks, Is it Time to Invade Myanmar? With reports of up to 100,000 people dead, and no signs of relief from the after effects of the cyclone, the humanitarian crisis is unraveling. Meanwhile, the government is blocking aid because of fear of letting foreign entities in. “If we let them get away with murder we may set a very dangerous precedent,”

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posted 11:15:46am Nov. 03, 2014 | read full post »

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posted 11:27:37am Oct. 27, 2014 | read full post »

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posted 2:29:43pm Oct. 20, 2014 | read full post »


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