From The Shelf Eastern Wisdom Conquering Your Procrastination Habit, by Dr. Linda Sapadin Ponder a Moment
The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values By Sam Harris
Sam Harris’s first book, The End of Faith,
ignited a worldwide debate about the validity of religion. In the
aftermath, Harris discovered that most people—from religious
fundamentalists to nonbelieving scientists—agree on one point: science
has nothing to say on the subject of human values. Indeed, our failure
to address questions of meaning and morality through science has now
become the most common justification for religious faith. It is also
the primary reason why so many secularists and religious moderates feel
obligated to "respect" the hardened superstitions of their more devout
neighbors.In this explosive new book, Sam Harris tears down the wall
between scientific facts and human values, arguing that most people are
simply mistaken about the relationship between morality and the rest of
human knowledge. Harris urges us to think about morality in terms of
human and animal well-being, viewing the experiences of conscious
creatures as peaks and valleys on a "moral landscape." Because there
are definite facts to be known about where we fall on this landscape,
Harris foresees a time when science will no longer limit itself to
merely describing what people do in the name of "morality"; in
principle, science should be able to tell us what we ought to do to
live the best lives possible. Bringing a fresh perspective to age-old
questions of right and wrong and good and evil, Harris demonstrates
that we already know enough about the human brain and its relationship
to events in the world to say that there are right and wrong answers to
the most pressing questions of human life. Because such answers exist,
moral relativism is simply false—and comes at increasing cost to
humanity. And the intrusions of religion into the sphere of human
values can be finally repelled: for just as there is no such thing as
Christian physics or Muslim algebra, there can be no Christian or
Using his expertise in philosophy and
neuroscience, along with his experience on the front lines of our
"culture wars," Harris delivers a game-changing book about the future
of science and about the real basis of human cooperation.
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” —Mahatma Gandhi.
people relax and sit down to watch the nightly news or their favorite
sitcom and criticize the world and society. The problem is that
these people keep sitting. The solution is not to sit, but to
act. Take control of your life and your purpose and begin to live
it passionately. There is within you a piece of the puzzle that
will act as a catalyst to transform the world. Don’t just sit
back and wander along with society, get up and act, believe,
demonstrate, and show the world the remarkable changes that one human
being can create
Real Life Application Contemplate
the changes that you would like to see in this Universe. Be sure
not to allow the pessimism and negativity of your mind to disrupt your
vision for a better world. Look within and plan to make a small
change within your being and believe that this change has the potential
and energy to initiate transformation within humanity. Each human
being’s individual action effects the direction that the world
takes. Remember you are a powerful part of the cosmos.
Tip # 7 Mean What You Say and Say What You Mean.
you’re knee-deep in stuff that you’ve said you’ll do but don’t really
want to do, procrastination becomes your first line of defense. So, avoid saying what others want to hear just to appease them.
commit to doing a task if you don’t intend to do it. If you do commit,
then later change your mind, take responsibility for the change and
tell the person involved.
For example, you might say, “I know I
told you I’d take care of it this week, but I didn’t get to it.”
You can then propose a revised deadline: for example, "I've fallen
behind in our group project. How about changing our meeting time to
Wednesday after I get a chance to catch up?"
else matters much — not wealth, nor learning, nor even health — without
this gift: the spiritual capacity to keep zest in living. This is the
creed of creeds, the final deposit and distillation of all important
faiths: that you should be able to believe in life. —Harry Emerson Fosdick
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