This Just In: Humans Are Bad at Everything That’s Important

 


This Just In: Humans Are Bad at Everything That's Important 



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When future anthropologists study us, they will learn a lot about what's important to us by looking at our newspapers.
A minority of our news stories cover what's truly new: scientific discoveries, thriving business startups, or groundbreaking legislation. But most of our news stories are about some human being (or group of human beings) failing, in a very familiar way, to be kind, fair, or honest. Politician caught lying! Violence erupts between Group A and Group B! Company misleads customers for profit! Details at 6.
If we sat down to think about what's really important to us, we might come up with qualities like fairness, kindness, responsibility, loyalty, and mutual respect. It seems like all of the major problems in the world are caused by a small contingent of bad apples, who simply shun these important qualities and ruin it for kind, responsible, honest and fair people like ourselves.
I think this is wishful thinking. The truth is that all of us — even those of us who feel like good people — are almost comically terrible at achieving these qualities, yet we expect them as a matter of course from each other and ourselves. Our incredulous response to scandal and selfishness suggests that we believe any of us could, at any moment, snap our of our self-interest and dysfunction, and make the world the place it should have been all along.
What makes us distinct from other species, more than anything, is that we're able to move beyond being impulse-driven, self-interested animals, at least a little bit. We can reflect, we can refrain, we can empathize, we can plan. We can feel our impulses while at the same time understanding that they aren't always leading us to good things.
In the relatively short time we've been able to explore this higher territory, we've come to really value these lofty qualities, and we've become preoccupied with public figures failing to achieve them. After all, we know it is virtues like fairness, honesty, discipline and kindness that are going to make it easier to be human, to deal with suffering and loss and all the stark realities that come with knowing you're a vulnerable, animated bag of meat. We desperately want to get ourselves (but especially others) to embody these higher human qualities, which promise to save us from cruelty and misery. But as much as we covet them, we forget that these new capacities are in factskills, and that as a species we're generally not very good at them.
Essentially, this higher territory is what we call morality, and I think we tend to greatly overestimate how good we are at it. We're a species who, as I point out frequently, can barely uphold our New Year's commitments to ourselves, yet we seem to expect everyone else to be more or less upstanding and incorruptible. Why am I so frequently appalled by how thoughtlessly other people park their cars, when I don't think twice about spending thirty dollars on beer instead of feeding the starving?
You can make up excuses for this kind of behavior — cognitive dissonance, meritocratic economics, drop-in-the-bucket syndrome — but I think all of that is avoiding the truth about human beings, which is that we are pitifully underdeveloped when it comes to morality. We just happen to be living in that awkward and painful stage where we recognize its supreme importance to our well-being, yet we're so bad at it we can barely stand ourselves. 
So what am I suggesting we do about this? Two things:

1) That we recognize how hard it is for human beings to be what they aspire to be.

Why are we so shocked that a politician would lie? That a company puts profits ahead of compassion? That everyday people harbor prejudices? That we have such a hard time saving enough for retirement, or giving enough to charity, or not eating too much?
For one thing, it's so much easier to identify the right thing to do than to actually do it, and when we're assessing the behavior of others, we only have to do the former. But even with our own selves, we trivialize the difficulty of living up to our moral standards.
To quit smoking, you only have to do one simple thing: avoid putting cigarettes in your mouth. How hard is that? Somehow, very.
How hard is it to treat others as yourself? So incredibly difficult we are bound to spend our lives failing at it.
I'm not suggesting we downplay or deny the harm that our moral failings cause, but to become more accepting of human failing in general, particularly our own. We are too quick to condemn people for not living up to what are actually extremely lofty standards, at least for a creature whose motivations are still largely reptilian.
You might think, "Well, I know I should give more to charity than I do, but I would never lie to my spouse! Only a monster could do that!" That much may be true; you may have the wherewithal to succeed (so far) at Lofty Moral Standard X, but not at Lofty Moral Standard Y. And perhaps you would argue that the standards you meet are more important than the ones you don't — but maybe you are just lucky in that regard, and can't really explain why something is straightforward for you that seems nearly impossible for someone else. We should be grateful for the moral wherewithal we do have, and never lose sight of how easy it is to fall short of Complete Moral Upstandingness, and how often we do so ourselves.
The name for this particular combination of empathy and gratitude isforgiveness, which is itself another lofty aspiration of human beings that we are generally terrible at. One crucial understanding we must come to, as a species that is struggling to transcend its amoral animal past, is that we can't expect our progress to be evenly distributed across individuals of our species. That means you may know how to do the right thing at times others don't, and for that you should be grateful instead of vindictive.

2) That we take seriously the project of actively working on our virtues.

We do have an instinctive sense of empathy, and maybe a bit of anegalitarian impulse somewhere in our mammalian genes, but that's not enough to meet our standards for what we think people should be like. For the most part we have to learn how to be that kind of person, and it's the work of a lifetime. Just look at how a two-year old "shares" a toy with another two-year old, and you can see how much you've learned about controlling your impulses and considering the effects your actions have on others.
You could call this kind of acquired humanness wisdom, and the pursuit of wisdom is called philosophy. There's a running joke in Western culture about the uselessness of a philosophy degree, which is a nearly perfect indication of how unwise our culture really is, We consider education to be useful only insofar as it expands our income, which seems to be our our primary measure of personal development.
But philosophy isn't useless or boring. It's how we learn how to be better people, or more specifically, how to become the kind people we wish others would be. For thousands of years, people have been teaching each other how to be a better partner, overcome envy and greed, be compassionate regardless of our own troubles,imagine better societies, raise better children, and otherwise become less self-interested and easier to be around.
The overarching theme of human wisdom is learning to use our newer, higher capacities, such as reason, compassion, and empathy, to mitigate the dangers of our older, less civilized impulses. But it's crucial to remember how new these higher capacities are, and how easily our reptilian fears and anxieties can undermine them.
Much of what religion teaches seems to be an attempt to do this — to help us shed our baser motives and find a way to transcend selfishness, carnal desires, envy, laziness, and contempt. While philosophy has much more helpful things to say than scripture tends to, religion does something very important that secular institutions don't: it asks us to accept how flawed we really are, at least in comparison to what we aspire to be. All kinds of practices, from Christianity to Islam to Buddhism, have always been in the business of helping us overcome our relatively pitiful out-of-the-box state.
So there's actually a lot we can learn from these traditions, even for unbelievers. We just have to stay aware of the Iron-Age context their parables come from, and the trouble religious institutions themselves have had in overcoming human fallibility. (Skeptics should read Alain de Botton's brilliant Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion.) Religion, after all, is just a subset of philosophy, and we should get help with being human wherever we can find it.
The problem with religion has always been that it so often succumbs to the problem it's tried to address. But that's only one example of the bigger human irony I'm getting at here: we could become a better species simply by recognizing how we're not as great as we think we should be.
When we look at it that way, we find fewer reasons to complain and more reasons to be grateful.
Jabali Muni.
Sarve    Bhavantu    Sukhinah,       Sarve     Santu    Niraamayaa
Sarve Bhadraani Pashyantu, Maa kascchid Dukh bhaagbhavet

May all become happy, may all be free from disease;  May there be nothing but auspiciousness in everyone's lives; May no one undergo pain or suffering.

పొన్నాల అవుట్…ఉత్తమ్ కుమార్ రెడ్డి ఇన్

పొన్నాల అవుట్…ఉత్తమ్ కుమార్ రెడ్డి ఇన్

తెలంగాణ పీసీసీ అధ్యక్షుడిగా నలమాద ఉత్తమ్ కుమార్ రెడ్డిని నియమిస్తూ ఏఐసీసీ సోమవారం ఉత్తర్వులు జారీ చేసింది.
హుజూర్‌నగర్ శాసనసభ నియోజకవర్గానికి ప్రాతినిథ్యం వహిస్తున్న ఉత్తమ్ కుమార్ రెడ్డి ఉమ్మడి ఆంధ్ర ప్రదేశ్ రాష్ట్రంలో మంత్రిగా పనిచేశారు.
ఇక మల్లు భట్టివిక్రమార్కను కార్యనిర్వాహక అధ్యక్షుడిగా నియమిస్తూ కాంగ్రెస్ అధిష్టానం నిర్ణయం తీసుకుంది. ఖమ్మం జిల్లా మధిర నుంచి భట్టివిక్రమార్క ప్రాతినిథ్యం వహిస్తున్నారు. సమైక్య ఆంధ్ర ప్రదేశ్ రాష్ట్రంలో శాసనసభ డిప్యూటీ స్పీకర్ గా భట్టీవిక్రమార్క పనిచేశారు.
తెలంగాణా రాష్ట్రం తో పాటుగా మహారాష్ట్ర, గుజరాత్, ఢిల్లీలకు కూడా కొత్త పీసీసీ అధ్యక్షులను కాంగ్రెస్ అధిష్టానం నియమించింది.

5 న పవన్ రాజధాని ప్రాంత పర్యటన…స్థానిక రైతుల సమస్యలపై పోరాటానికి రెడీ

5 న పవన్ రాజధాని ప్రాంత పర్యటన…స్థానిక రైతుల సమస్యలపై పోరాటానికి రెడీ

జనసేన అధ్యక్షుడు పవన్‌ కళ్యాణ్‌ ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ్‌ రాజధాని ప్రాంత పర్యటన ఈ నెల 5వ తేదీన ఖరారైంది.
ఆంధ్ర ప్రదేశ్ రాజధాని ప్రాంత గ్రామాల్లో పర్యటిస్తానని, అక్కడి రైతులతో మాట్లాడి వారి సమస్యలను తెలుసుకుంటానని పవన్‌ కళ్యాణ్ తన ట్విట్టర్‌లో పేర్కొన్నారు.
కాగా ఆంధ్ర ప్రదేశ్ కు కేంద్రం కేటాయించిన బడ్జెట్ మీద కూడా పవన్ కళ్యాణ్ తీవ్ర అసంతృప్తి గా ఉన్నట్లు తెలుస్తుంది.
ఈ నేపధ్యంలో ఆంధ్ర ప్రదేశ్ కు బడ్జెట్ కేటాయింపుల్లో జరిగిన అన్యాయంపై ప్రధానమంత్రి నరేంద్ర మోదీని కలవాలని పవన్ ప్రయత్నిస్తున్నట్లు తెలుస్తుంది.
ఆంధ్ర ప్రదేశ్ రాజధాని ప్రాంత రైతు సమస్యలను తెలుసుకొని వాటిని ప్రభుత్వం దృష్టికి తీసుకెళ్ళి రైతన్నకు న్యాయం జరిగేలా పోరాడాలని పవన్ భావించినట్లు తెలుస్తుంది.
దీనితో పాటు రాష్ట్రానికి కేంద్రం నుంచి రావాల్సిన సాయం తో పాటు... ప్రజలకు ఇచ్చిన హామీలను కేంద్రం నేరవేర్చేల ఒత్తిడి తేవడం కోసం పవన్ కళ్యాణ్ తన ప్రయత్నాలను ముమ్మరం చేసినట్లు తెలుస్తుంది.

Jagmohan Dalmiya as new BCCI Chief

Jagmohan Dalmiya as new BCCI Chief

Jagmohan Dalmiya was on Monday unanimously elected as Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president at the Annual General Meeting in Chennai.
While C.K. Khanna was elected as BCCI vice president, Anurag Thakur bacame as BCCI secretary.
Amitabha Chodhary has been elected as the Joint Secretary while Anirudh Choudhary was elected as the Treasurer.
Dalmiya got to be BCCI treasurer in 1983 and later served as BCCI secretary.
He took control as BCCI president in 2001 and kept on being the all things considered in the board till his tenure finished in 2004.

Sundarakanda Parayanamu

 



sa tasya rathanirghoSam jyaasvanam kaarmukasya cha |
nishamya hariviiro.asau samprahR^STataro.abhavat || 11
Hearing the rattling sound of Indrajit's chariot and a twang of his bow, the heroic Hanuman became more thrilled with delight
గల గల శబ్దము చేయు ఇంద్రజిత్తుని రధము మరియు ధనుస్సు యొక్క ఝంకారమును విన్న హనుమంతులవారు ఆనంద చకితులయ్యెను   
sumahaacchaapamaadaaya shitashalyaamshcha saayakaan |
Hanumanntamabhipretya jagaama raNapaNDitaH || 12
Indrajit, skilled in warfare, taking a very big bow with pointed arrows, went aiming towards Hanuman.

యుద్దం చేయుటలో నేర్పరి అయిన ఇంద్రజిత్తు,పెద్ద ధనుస్సు మరియు పదునైన బాణములను ఎక్కుపెట్టి హనుమంతులవారిపై వదిలెను

Jai SriRama
Jai SriMannarayana
Jai SriVeeraHanuman

Petrol price hiked by Rs 3.18 per litre and diesel by Rs 3.09

Petrol price hiked by Rs 3.18 per litre and diesel by Rs 3.09

Oil organizations declared a hike in diesel and petrol prices with effect from midnight 28 February.
The increase in retail selling price of petrol is by Rs 3.18 per liter and Rs 3.09 per liter in diesel.
As oil companies statements indicate, the oil prices have been increased due to international price increments of both petrol and diesel.
This was the fifth modification in petrol costs and fourth revision in diesel costs since the start of January.

Union Government under NDA presented its second budget today


Union Government under NDA presented its second budget today


What this Budget Means for Middle Class Tax Players
Union Government under NDA presented its second budget today, it did not bring big tax relief but was forward looking and more on saving benefits of middle class. Service Tax has been increased be 1.64%, it will pinch you little when going for a movie

Science solves the mystery of dress colour which broke the internet

World went crazy over the internet yesterday, all to figure out the colour of a dress. On Thursday at 6:14 pm EST, Buzzfeed published the story "What Colors Are This Dress?" based on a Tumblr page, where the hue of a Scottish woman's dress was being fiercely

Mauka Mauka, these Star Sports Ads are the real winners

Matches where India is involved in this world cup have become really special, all because the ‘Mauka Mauka’ ads from star sports (Ind vs Pak, Ind vs SA). For some, India winning matches has less relevance then the follow-up advertisement teasing other teams and we

సినిమా చరిత్రను మూసేయడానికి ప్రయత్నం


సినిమా చరిత్రను మూసేయడానికి ప్రయత్నం

ప్రసాద్ ల్యాబ్ లో జరిగిన ఓ పుస్తకావిష్కరణ కార్యక్రమంలో దర్శక రత్న దాసరి నారాయణ రావు పాల్గొన్నారు.
ఈ సందర్భంగా మాట్లాడిన అయన....తెలుగు సినిమా చరిత్రను కొంతమంది కబ్జా చేశారని... సినిమా చరిత్రను మూసేయాలని ప్రయత్నిస్తున్నారని తీవ్రంగా మండిపడ్డారు.
ధియేటర్లనే కాకుండా...సినిమా చరిత్రను కూడా కబ్జా చేశారని...సినిమా చరిత్ర రాయడానికి మహా రచయితలు, జర్నలిస్టులు అవసరమని దాసరి అన్నారు.
రఘుపతి వెంకయ్య అవార్డులో నాయుడు పేరు తొలగించారని... కేవీ రెడ్డి, బిఎన్ రెడ్డి అవార్డులకు అడ్డురాని కులం రఘుపతి వెంకయ్య నాయుడు కి ఎందుకు అడ్డు వచ్చుందని ప్రశ్నించారు. ఎందుకంటే రఘుపతి వెంకయ్య అనే ఆయన  నాయుడు కులస్థుడు కాబట్టే అని తన ఆవేదనని వ్యక్తం చేశారు.
సీనియర్ ఎన్టీఆర్ ను సినిమాకు పరిచయం చేసింది కృష్ణవేణి అని... అయితే ఈ విషయం చరిత్రలో గుర్తుండదని...ఈ నిజాన్ని దాచేశారని ఆవేదన వ్యక్త చేశారు.
సినిమా ఇండస్ట్రీ ని హైదరాబాద్ కు తీసుకు వచ్చింది మేమే అని ఎవరెవరో ఏదో చెబుతున్నారని...అది నిజం అనుకుని చప్పట్లు కొడతారని ఆయన అన్నారు.
హైదరాబాద్ లో స్టూడియో  లు  నిర్మించుకున్నోల్లు జనం కోసమే కట్టామని చెప్పుకుంటున్నారని...అవి వారి సొంత ప్రయోజనాల కోసం కట్టుకున్నవే అని దాసరి అన్నారు.

Mahesh Babu bollywood style dance for new movie


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Hindu Devotional Blog Feed


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Obesity and Pollution: Pollution can make you fat, says study

Obesity and Pollution: Pollution can make you fat, says study

Researchers have found a connection between the levels of certain environmental pollutants that an individual gathers in his or her body and their level of obesity.
In the study, the analysts investigated the levels of pollutants gathered in fat tissue in almost 300 men and women, who were gone to in the surgery services of two healing centers in the territory of Granada.
According to Juan Pedro Arrebola from the University of Granada in Spain, "we found that individuals with more elevated amounts of persistent organic pollutants were quantitatively more fat furthermore indicated more elevated amounts of cholesterol and triglycerides."
A study appeared in the Journal Environmental Pollution says,the discoveries were genuine irrespective of the gender, age, place or smoking propensities of participants in the overview.

Ati Rudram in Badrinath

 


All,

Golden opportunity to participate in Ati Rudram.

Ati Rudram at Badrinath from Jun 25, 2015 to Jul 6, 2015.

Weekly Series – Week Blog Posts!


Weekly Series – Week Blog Posts!

As you all know that we started this trend of sharing all the posts of a week in a weekly series and hence this is our weekly post.

PM Modi asks IT industry to develop cyber security solutions

PM Modi asks IT industry to develop cyber security solutions


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged the IT industry to focus on meeting cyber security challenges.
"The whole world is concerned about cyber security and Indian IT experts could do a great deal for cyber safety of computerized resources over the world," Prime Minister said at the 25th anniversary event of National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom).
The PM also urged the IT division to support tourism. "One way of doing this is to make virtual historical centers that showcase India's legacy," he said.
He called upon industry pioneers to contribute towards making e-libraries for schools.
He also called Nasscom members to take an interest in a competition to develop software and applications for the Prime Minister's Office.