Deepak Chopra and Intent

Deepak Chopra and Intent

Meet the Unaffiliated (by Gotham Chopra)

posted by Gotham Chopra

On Monday the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released a study
in which they chronicled the state of faith and organized religion in
America. The news is not good if you are a God lover, worst of all of
you are a Jesus lover. Cutting to the chase, the sharpest drop in
members amongst organized faiths is amongst Catholics. That is to say
that amongst those polled, the largest number of people who said
they had chosen to abandon the faith they had grown up with was
Catholics. The largest growth was amongst those who now claimed to be
“Unaffiliated.” The study went out of its way to assure readers that
“unaffiliated” does not indicate agnostics or atheists, just those
who, ya’know, believed in God and all but just not when it was
organized” (I’m paraphrasing).

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Can Charisma Really Bring Change? (by Deepak Chopra)

posted by dchopra

It’s generally acknowledged that Hillary Clinton’s campaign has stalled on the wrong side of a charisma gap. The Democratic electorate has surged to follow Barack Obama, and yet this doesn’t signal that Hillary is unpopular — she still earns a high favorability rating. Nor does she suffer by comparison on issues of substance; if anything, she’s ahead. But Obama has done something very difficult for an inspirational campaigner. He’s kept building support. Enthusiasm isn’t waning as the first glow of infatuation fades. This is testimony to Obama’s integrity, a much used word in politics that rarely matches reality.

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What Would Gotham Do? (by Gotham Chopra)

posted by Gotham Chopra

Today is my birthday. I am not going to confess my age but here’s a
hint: Jesus was crucified at this age. That got me thinking about
what I have really accomplished in my life up until now. Admittedly,
if Jesus is the measuring stick, then I find myself gravely
disappointed by my lack of accomplishments. However, Jesus’ real A-
list status emerged after his death, which is sort of an awkward
thing to contemplate.

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Memory and Machiavelli

posted by dchopra

There has been much decrying in the anti-war movement of deception and disinformation, accusing the Bush administration of using both tactics to fool the American people into the invasion of Iraq. Little has been said about the shallowness of political debate that allowed the public to be fooled in the first place. On PBS this weekend there was an enlightening interview with Susan Jacoby, author of a new book, “The Age of American Unreason” (Pantheon, 2008), where she makes the point that ignorance underlies the war as much as trickery and deception. In a poll, college and high school-educated respondents were asked to find Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Israel on a world map. Only 23% of the college-educated under the age of 25 and 6% of high school-educated could find all four, despite the fact that the map they were given was labeled — we are not talking about maps where the countries are left blank.

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