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Idealism

Is Living In Paradise All You Imagine?

Melissa Heisler | Posted 07.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Melissa Heisler

How can you begin to create paradise in your life? Where is there beauty and wonder you could stop and recognize? Where do you need to disconnect from tasks and reconnect with experience? What viewpoint could be shifted to bring you a bit more bliss?

Things That Improve Our Lives

Marianna Glynska | Posted 07.07.2016 | Impact
Marianna Glynska

Material things are created to assist us in our everyday activities and in having the best experiences in life. Such experiences and memories of them are often the primary source of creativity, which significantly shapes the cultural development and can help us reach the stage of self-actualization.

Liberation From Victimization

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 05.23.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

We won't be able to completely escape being victimized by predatory behavior. However, we can take measures that help to avoid unnecessary harm. Here are some tools that can help empower us:

Bernie Sanders' Health Care for All and Free College: Idealism or Practical Realism?

Bernard Starr | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Bernard Starr

To call health care for all and free college education idealism is to deny realistic possibilities in the service of an ideology that idealizes greed and eschews compassion and courage. It's defeatism and a betrayal of the American way.

Democratic Ideals Versus Realpolitik, a Populist Struggle for All Times

Matt Jordan | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
Matt Jordan

That the establishment would fight back against an insurgent populist is no surprise. Indeed, many progressives are reading this as a good thing, a sign that their candidate is authentic. Crowds at Sanders' events continue to grow and Monday in Iowa, despite an unprecedented cold shoulder from the party leadership, he beat expectations.

WATCH: Was Young Kissinger An Idealist?

The WorldPost | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 10.15.2015 | World

If you look closely at Henry Kissinger’s senior thesis at Harvard and his early writings when he was far from the realms of power, would you conclud...

Cinemia: Cancer Goes to the Movies

Bret Hoekema | Posted 09.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Bret Hoekema

Perfect viewing for any old Tuesday night. The Broken Circle Breakdown is a transcendent meditation on what it means to be alive and where we go when we die. It speaks to the cancer experience without being a cancer movie. I'm not interested in any other kind.

What's so Funny About Political Correctness?

Craig E. Sherman | Posted 08.08.2015 | Entertainment
Craig E. Sherman

People say that our society has become too sensitive. Donald Trump's comments at the debate seemed to rile even further the political correctness cynics. Just because some hide irresponsibly behind political correctness doesn't mean we should eliminate the practice all together.

Nuclear Realism

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.29.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

There's a category of political intellectuals who proudly proclaim themselves "realists," then proceed to defend and advance a deeply faith-based agenda that centers on the ongoing necessity to prepare for war, including nuclear war.

We Must Recover America's Hopeful Spirit

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Michael Shammas

While we used to feel inspired by our country, we now feel disenchanted. While we used to hope, now we doubt. And rather than listening to leaders who unite us, too often we pay heed to demagogues like Rush Limbaugh whose sole source of profit comes from division and discord.

American Dream Fraud: Confession of a Stupid Idealist

Larry Strauss | Posted 10.01.2014 | College
Larry Strauss

While I've been a true believer and I've perpetuated the belief in hard work as the great poverty buster, now when I talk to some of them I feel that I've perpetuated a great fraud upon them.

Hidden Truths: Going Beyond Common-Sense Reality (Part 3)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

We all live in the common-sense world, trusting in our five senses as if they transmit all reality to us. Yet the quantum revolution, as we've detailed in the last two posts, long ago undermined such a world view.

Hidden Truths: Going Beyond Common-Sense Reality (Part 2)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

Reality itself, as explored by cutting-edge theories in physics, cosmology, and neuroscience, is giving us hints that we should look at the world through fresh eyes.

Hidden Truths: Going Beyond Common-Sense Reality (Part 1)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

Despite their many divergences, science and philosophy are both led forward by reality. This is inevitable if facts, concepts, axioms, and other mental models are to be reliable.

Bill de Blasio Lifts the Left

Brent Budowsky | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Bill de Blasio has lifted the left and is a man to watch in 2014. I have a hunch that the next Democratic nominee for president will be watching him closely, too.

Religious Idealism vs. Worldly Realities -- Part 2

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 04.01.2014 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

In a previous post, where I contrasted the views of the political "Left" with those of the "Right," I pointed out that both right and left really do claim to hold the same goal: a prosperous and relatively decent life for every human being on the planet. The only real argument seems to be on how to actually achieve it.

Life Delivers a Million-Dollar Grin

Tom Gerdy | Posted 03.29.2014 | Impact
Tom Gerdy

I must admit that there are times when it is difficult to keep looking up when we are surrounded by so many challenges that seem insurmountable. We live in a time when technological advances bombard us with information.

Religious Idealism vs. Worldly Realities

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 03.23.2014 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

When Jesus said "Blessed are the poor (or poor of heart)" he was not praising poverty as such. Quite the contrary: he was warning us that the kingdom of God (or of heaven on earth) would never be realized, much less possessed, by the avaricious or the greedy.

In Memory of Nelson Mandela: Nurturing a Spirit of Caring and Generosity in Our Children

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. | Posted 02.17.2014 | Parents
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

We need to let them know that there is good work to be done in the world, work that they will be able to do and can do, even now.

Optimism Will Make the World a Better Place

Thomas White | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Thomas White

If you think there is nothing that can be done to ameliorate or mitigate the changing climate, unregulated capitalism, oppressive governments, or heart wrenching poverty, then it's best if you step aside and allow those who believe in humanity to take the reins and move our world forward.

John Locke Goss: The Third Metric and the Wisdom of the Hippies

John Locke Goss | Posted 02.02.2014 | Fifty
John Locke Goss

Some might say we gave up and dropped out, but it was more than that. We chose, rather, to try to change the world by example rather than by protest or force, so off we went to test our theories and beliefs.

Killing More Than Kennedy

Christopher Holshek | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Christopher Holshek

Kennedy's call to action, from his first to his last day as president, was a constant call to citizenship - local, national, and global. It was a call to embrace the promise of American reinvention and renewal.

What Do You Stand For?

Axelle Tessandier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Axelle Tessandier

'The idea is to die young as late as possible.' It might sound to some like a gimmick but I smiled. What a great challenge it is to keep the eyes of a beginner, the eternal enthusiasm of discovery when you grow up and old.

Dan Froomkin

Progressive Activists: The Idealists

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Four years ago, on the day Barack Obama was elected President of the United States, the world seemed full of possibilities -- particularly for the peo...

Philanthropy Mindset Hampers Sustainability Efforts

John Friedman | Posted 07.09.2012 | Business
John Friedman

How can we say we are building a business model if so many of us building it are following the charity model ourselves? As we tell businesses that they can do well by doing good, how many of us are remaining content to do good without doing well?