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Humans have a evolved for thousands of years a brain that tends to brand and categorize everything, for it makes it easier for us to deal with the world around us.

This ability, however, will also prevents us from “seeing” further once we have already branded or categorized some one or some thing.

And this is called narrowmindedness or prejudice.

When we see or hear about some one doing something bad, we immediately, and even subconsciously, brand that individual as bad or evil.

In the same vein, when we see or hear about some one doing something good, we immediately, and subconsciously, brand that individual as good. …


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Los humanos hemos desarrollado durante miles de años un cerebro que tiende a etiquetar y categorizar todo, ya que nos facilita lidiar con el mundo que nos rodea.

Esta capacidad, sin embargo, también nos impedirá “ver” mas allá una vez que ya hayamos marcado o categorizado a alguien o algo de alguna manera.

Esto se llama estrechez mental o prejuicio.

Cuando vemos o escuchamos que alguien está haciendo algo malo, inmediatamente, e incluso inconscientemente, marcamos a ese individuo como malo o malvado.

De la misma manera, cuando vemos o escuchamos que alguien está haciendo algo bueno, inmediatamente, y de manera subconsciente, marcamos a esa persona como buena. …


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When a sudden random event hits you, it makes you stronger if it does not kill you, i.e., it helps you become tropophilic. In other words, it makes you more than antifragile. It makes you able to benefit from it and deal efficiently with chaos and uncertainty and, therefore, benefit from the impact of future improbables.

From biology, we know that heterosis (i.e., hybrid vigor or outbreeding enhancement of the offspring) comes about when the best traits of the parents are passed onto the offspring, as opposed to inbreeding.

A simple example of proactive heterosis or saliency is human vaccination. By taking a small hit now, through a vaccine, one can better deal with a major hit in the future. By proactively building one’s immune system one can, eventually, attain tropophilia. …


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I have been so fortunate that despite having had at least three encounters with death, that I am fully aware of, I am still among the living.

The first encounter took place, believe or not, before I was even born!

You must be wondering what am I talking about.

Well, this first encounter had a happy ending thanks to my father’s powerful desire to bring my mom back to life when he was told that she was dead. …


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He sido tan afortunado que a pesar de haber tenido al menos tres encuentros con la muerte, de los que estoy plenamente consciente, aun sigo entre los vivos!

Mi primer encuentro con la muerte tuvo lugar, aunque usted no lo crea, antes de que yo naciera!

Debe preguntarse de qué estoy hablando.

Este primer encuentro tuvo un final feliz gracias al poderoso deseo de mi padre de devolverle la vida a mi madre cuando le dijeron que estaba muerta. …


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When I was in elementary school I was enjoying a ‘jawbreaker’ (one of those hard candy balls) and at the same time I was cursing someone for a reason I no longer recall. All I remember quite vividly is the fact that the candy ball went into my throat and I began to choke!

I was barely able to take in just a little bit of air as the candy ball moved up in my throat and blocked it completely and then fell back into my throat.

Under this life-threatening circumstance, my brain seemed to have kicked into high gear and I thought to myself “maybe if I drink water the candy ball will pass through my throat.” Thus, I managed to walk to the school bar and gestured my need for water. Interestingly enough, they did not have any! My mind then took my to portable water fountain a few feet away. I opened the faucet but it was empty! I know now that this was providence, for had I drank water, my chances of survival would have been close to none since the little air I was still able to gasp would have been completely blocked. …


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Cuando estaba en la escuela primaria, disfrutaba de un ‘jawbreaker’ (una de esas bolas de caramelo duro) y al mismo tiempo que maldecia a alguien por alguna razón que ya no recuerdo.

Lo que sí recuerdo vívidamente, es el hecho de que la bola de caramelo se atrancó en mi garganta y comencé a asfixiarme!

Apenas podía tomar un poco de aire hasta cuando la bola de caramelo se elevaba en mi garganta y bloqueaba luego por completo el poco de aíre que lograba pasar y luego caía nuevamente en mi garganta.

Bajo esta circunstancia que amenazaba mi vida, mi cerebro parecía haberse puesto en alerta máxima y pensé para mis adentros “tal vez si bebo agua, la bola de caramelo pasará por mi garganta”. Con esto en mente, logré caminar hasta el bar de la escuela e hice un gesto de necesidad de agua. Curiosamente, ¡no tenían agua! Entonces mi mente me llevó a una fuente de agua portátil a unos metros de distancia. …


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If you think that life is about living without having to experience pain or suffering, you certainly came to the wrong universe.

I understand and commend people that feel very strongly about “leaving the world with dignity”. However, one must first understand what “leaving the world with dignity” really means. Does it mean to be able to decide how much pain or suffering am I able to put up with? Does it mean someone else should be able to choose my destiny since I am unable (e.g., in a vegetative state) or unwilling to decide?

Whatever it may be, the main issue seems to be centered on “suffering,” and “mercy.” …


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Si cree que la vida se trata de vivirla sin tener que experimentar dolor o sufrimiento, ciertamente ha venido al universo equivocado.

Entiendo y felicito a las personas que se sienten muy decididas a “dejar el mundo con dignidad”. Sin embargo, primero hay que entender qué significa realmente “dejar el mundo con dignidad”.

¿Significa poder decidir cuánto dolor o sufrimiento puedo soportar?

¿Significa que alguien más debería poder elegir mi destino ya que yo no puedo (por ejemplo, en un estado vegetativo) o no estoy dispuesto a decidir?

Sea lo que signifique, el tema principal parece centrarse en el “sufrimiento” del individuo. …


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While most people seem too busy spending their lives trying to survive, there are some who do not feel comfortable living until they discover a higher purpose or true meaning of their existence, namely, a purpose that not only makes more sense but also provides the driving force in their daily life.

Without a doubt, every human being has an innate need to know, or at least believe s/he knows, the reason/s why it is worth getting out of bed every day.
The reasons obviously evolve as we age.

The most common reasons are those that bring greater joy to life. Thus, the need to seek happiness seems to arise by default without realizing that happiness is not something to be sought, for it must be lived in the present time. …

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