The Provocative Entertainer; Madonna Ciccon
A queen of style and an antagonist to the ruling elite, Madonna achieved popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content and social values in mainstream popular music and imagery. Her music videos were lapped up by millions of fans for various reasons.
A powerful feminist with a difference, Madonna Louise Ciccone known simply as Madonna was born August 16, 1958 in Bay City, Michigan. She is an American singer-songwriter, actress, author, director, entrepreneur and philanthropist.
Madonna is known for reinventing both her music and image, and for maintaining her autonomy within the recording industry. Music critics have acclaimed her musical productions, which have generated some controversy. Referred to as the “Queen of Pop”, Madonna
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The Philippines stands up to the world
The USA has dominated the world for the past 60 or so years, it’s economic, military and social policies have been forced on most nations and often at the point of a gun. The Philippines is no exception, US troops evicted the Spanish over 100 years ago giving the Filipinos hope of independence. But the Americans refused to go away until their political policies had become entrenched.
Up until World War II, the Philippines was a very inconspicuous nation easily overrun by the Japanese who again were evicted by the Americans and Filipino militias. When the war was over the Americans turned the Pacific back to the US’s ‘big backyard’ and of
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The controversial yogi
Osho was born 11 December 1931 and departed this life 19 January 1990
Born Chandra Mohan Jain, and like a chameleon, Osho was known as Acharya Rajneesh during the 1960s, as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh during the 1970s and 1980s and as Osho from 1989. Over his lifetime, he became an Indian mystic and spiritual teacher (guru) with a large international following.
As a professor of philosophy, he travelled throughout India in the 1960s as a public speaker and his outspoken criticism of socialism, Mahatma Gandhi and institutionalised religions which made him controversial. He also advocated a more open attitude towards sexuality: a stance that earned him the sobriquet “sex guru” in the Indian and later international press.
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And the nature of suffering
Most people at some stage in their lives, and more so if they fall into the middle and lower socio economic classes in Western society will disparage their life and experience of time passing. How often have you heard someone say that they hate their life or that they can’t wait for it to be over?
There are many reasons to take on such an attitude. When we are very young, adults tend to act very nonsensical and as such child’s minds are filled with trivia until such time as they can make sense of their world. There is a time and place to go “goo goo gaga” but very often parents do not know
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Corruption is an inevitability in this social structure of ours
One friend has asked, “There is so much corruption, so much bribery, so much favoritism going on in the present capitalism! Do you support this as well? This bribery, this corruption, this favoritism is not because of capitalism. Its causes are entirely different. They have nothing to do with capitalism.
If a country where there is so much poverty can be without corruption, that will be a miracle. That is not possible. Honest people in a place where it is so difficult to survive is a difficult proposition. Yes, a rare honest individual may exist. Some man of real will may exist. But all don’t have that much will power
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Are you free?
“Instead of citizens, it produces consumers. Instead of communities, it produces shopping malls. The net result is an atomized society of disengaged individuals who feel demoralized and socially powerless.
All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.
In sum, neoliberalism is the immediate and foremost enemy of genuine participatory democracy, not just in the United States but across the planet, and will be for the foreseeable future.
Education is a system of imposed ignorance. The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit
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Ideas for balance
“The loony fringes don’t represent a nation and the media is a cause for concern in the way it acts irresponsibly to shape public opinion.”
Sadhguru speaks on the topic of inclusion and the role of enlarging one’s identity to include a larger whole. Responding to a query about the state of the economy in Asia and India, he then touches upon how spirituality can have a positive impact on the leadership of the world.
“The battles in the world are between those with different ideas, it’s not about right and wrong, and the errors of belief.”
HH The Dalai Lama says the world needs a global system of secular ethics and I agree
Saying that it’s past time that people stopped relying on religion for their ethical laws, the Dalai Lama has called on the need for humanity to develop a system of secular ethics.
“The reason for this is that there are those who have faith in religions and there are many who don’t,” the Dalai Lama said, adding that even among religious leaders, “there are some who are responsible for injustice, deception, hypocrisy, and exploitation.”
Current education, he said, is almost always geared towards economic development, which “neither helps solve individual mental problems nor society-level problems.”
“Regardless of whether or not one believes in
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A simple solution to world conflict
By practising these principles, you will dress yourself in a suit of spiritual armour. Even in the midst of chaos and in the face of evil, your heart will be unsullied, your relationships strong.
1. Be compassionate: Compassionate in both thought and deed. Learn to recognize that the actions of others is often caused by spiritual pain. Avoid contempt. Avoid those mental judgements we always make of others. Compassion leads to harmony and harmony and balance is the key to inner peace.
2. Be kind: Very simple. In every interaction you have you have an opportunity to add to the sum total of good. No act of kindness or charity is too small. It
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In the beginning there was the word and the Word was with God. And the story goes that the universe and all life was created in six days and on the seventh day God stopped to take a rest, (and since that time he has not returned).
Perhaps it is more like that the big band referred to by science was the bursting forth from the seed as the universe sprouted into life and continues to grow until this day. As for our own existence, perhaps this is divine chemistry for we have no way of really knowing.
What is referred to in all the religious scriptures and teachings is a mixture of belief and legend from which we
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