A few thoughts after a long week…
Many conservatives are thrilled with the election results; they hope that the President-elect will “Drain the Swamp” in Washington D.C.
Many liberals have argued that the election represents greed and violence. They know they need to engage with the so-called “deplorables” yet haven’t done so. They want to develop a progressive movement, educate Americans about nonviolence and abolish nuclear weapons.
For Jains, the word “religion” means “my own true nature.” Coming to know and experience my own true nature, or blissful soul (Atma/Jeev), is essential to achieving Moksha (salvation/liberation). Multiplicity of perspectives, or Anekantavada, is also extremely important.
Leo Tolstoy, in “The Kingdom of God is Within You,” argued that Christ’s only harsh and threatening reproof was directed against hypocrites and hypocrisy. This book was a major influence on the thinking of Mahatma Gandhi. Tolstoy believed that a good Christian must follow his/her conscience.
We each need to take a deep breath and relax. Go on a vacation. Life will continue. People are divided in the name of religion, but they will come together.
Nosocomial transmission of pathogens remains a major problem. My research focuses on tuberculosis, but I have interest in other organisms as well. See these articles by Tomas (Ebola), Freedberg (C Diff), and SY Cho (MERS Co-V). I think nosocomial transmission will only be overcome when health care workers, patients, and families become aware of the danger. As a first step, health care workers could take off their white coats, jackets, and fleeces, roll up their sleeves, and wash their hands 100% of the time. We don’t have proof that white coats, jackets, and fleeces are making patients sick, but it is plausible.
Regarding mindful use of technology, try buying a second cell phone and give that phone number only to your loved ones and closest colleagues and friends. Then, turn off your IPhone for long periods of time.
Read “Principles” by Ray Dalio. It is free and quite useful.
Photos from Boston Common, November 11, 2016.
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