Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Optimists (Indonesia)

Two psychologists at the University of Victoria, New Zealand, have said: ‘Once we anticipate a specific outcome will occur, our subsequent thoughts and behaviors will actually help to bring that outcome to fruition.’

According to Pyschologist Maryanne Garry: ‘We realized that the effects of suggestion are wider and often more surprising than many people might otherwise think.’

Of course there are positive and negative aspects of this.

If we anticipate having a happy holiday, we are more likely to have a happy holiday.

If we believe a placebo is effective, we are more likely to be cured by it.

If we believe that there is no God, we are less likely to notice the evidence for an after life.

Indonesians expecting to be happy?

Dr Garry said: ‘Recent research suggests that some of psychological science’s most intriguing findings may be driven, at least in part, by suggestion and expectancies.

‘For example, a scientist, who knows what the hypothesis of an experiment is, might unwittingly lead subjects to produce the hypothesized effect - for reasons that have nothing to do with the experiment itself.’

If the media has suggested to us that Bashar Assad is a bad person, we are more likely to believe the anti Assad propaganda.

Walk through the jungle expecting to see snakes and you may well see them.

Walk through the jungle not expecting to see snakes and you probably won't see any.

Voltaire was a pessimist.

Buddha believed that we can be rid of suffering.

Optimistic Indonesians, influenced by 1500 years of Hinduism-Buddhism.

Voltaire, like Buddha, could see that there is suffering in this world.

"Imagine the situation of a Pope's daughter aged fifteen, who in three months had undergone poverty and slavery, had been raped nearly every day, had seen her mother cut into four pieces, had undergone hunger and war, and was now dying of the plague in Algiers." (Voltaire, Candide, Chapter 12)

"Do you believe," said Candide, "that men have always massacred each other as they do to-day, that they have always been liars, cheats, traitors, ingrates, brigands, idiots, thieves, scoundrels, gluttons, drunkards, misers, envious, ambitious, bloody-minded, calumniators, debauchees, fanatics, hypocrites, and fools?"

"Do you believe," said Martin, "that hawks have always eaten pigeons when they have found them?"

Voltaire appears to be pessimistic about human nature.

But, Candide was fiction and not necessarily a true reflection of all that goes on in the world.

More Indonesians

But, if hawks may not be capable of fast change, what about humans?

Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung (1875-1961) said in Memories, Dreams, Reflections:

"Natural history tells us of a haphazard and casual transformation of species over hundreds of millions of years of devouring and being devoured...

"But the history of the mind offers a different picture.

"Here the miracle of reflecting consciousness intervenes."

In other words, some beings may be becoming more kindly.

Optimists or pessimists?

Physicist David Bohm believes that life and consciousness are present in varying degrees in all matter, including supposedly inanimate matter such as electrons or plasmas.

He suggests that evolutionary developments do not emerge in a random fashion. ("David Bohm and the Implicate Order" by David Pratt)

Happiness is about forgetting your own happiness and being part of a happy team?

Standford neurophysiologist Karl Pribram believes in the holographic nature of reality.

Every part of a hologram contains all the information possessed by the whole.

In a holographic universe there are no limits to the extent to which we can alter reality.

What we see as reality is a canvas where we can draw any picture we want.

Some people manage to be happy in spite of poverty.

The Buddhists believe that what we are thinking now, is what we will become.

Research has suggested that Buddhists are able to get their brains to feel happiness.

According to Owen Flanagan, professor of philosophy at DukeUniversity in North Carolina, Buddhists appear to be able to stimulate a part of their brain which produces positive emotions and a feeling of well being.

Writing in New Scientist, Professor Flanagan referred to findings of a study by Richard Davidson, of the University of Wisconsin, who used scanners to analyse regions of a Buddhist's brain.

Parts of Buddhists brains, linked to happiness, appear to "light up" consistently.

"The most reasonable hypothesis is there is something about conscientious Buddhist practice that results in the kind of happiness we all seek," Davidson writes. (Happiness. A Buddhist perspective)

Happy lepers.

Helping unhappy people to be happy brings happiness.

A good doctor entering a ward full of sick children does not allow himself to feel depressed.

The good doctor gets on with trying to make the children happy.

Tibetan Bodhisattva Langri Tangpa wrote:

Whenever I see unfortunate beings

Oppressed by evil and violent suffering,

May I cherish them as I had found

A rare and precious treasure.

The good Buddhist empties himself (or herself) of egotism, and is therefore not going to be offended by insults.

When others out of jealousy

Harm me or insult me,

May I take defeat upon myself

And offer them the victory 

Strive for the happiness of the team, and not for your own happiness, and that will make you happy.

The happy person is the one who forgets about his own individual happiness and concentrates on making others happy. (Buddhism - Jodo Shinsu - What Is Happiness?)

Thai people - are they happier than Americans? Photo byTevaprapas Makklay 

Christmas Humphreys, 1901-83, formerly a judge in London, listed the Twelve Principles of Buddhism. (Twelve Principles of Buddhism By Christmas Humphreys)

1. Learn how to save yourself by using direct and personal experience.

2. There is continual change, a continual cycle involving birth and death.

Consciousness is continuous.

It is forever looking for new kinds of self-expression.

Life is a continous flow.

If you know there is a tsunami coming, don't stay on the beach guarding your possessions.

If you cling on to things, you will suffer, because you are resisting the flow.

3. There is only one 'ultimate reality'.

It does not change.

It is beyond our understanding.

We are all linked to it.

We are all part of the one team.

Away from the corruptions of the city.

4. What we are now is the result of our past thoughts.

We are the creator of our circumstances.

By right thought and right action we can gradually purify ourselves and eventually reach enlightenment and Nirvana and beyond.

5. We are happiest as a happy team.

We are all inter-linked and should feel compassion for everything from trees to Thais and from jaguars to Jews.

Compassion is the "Law of laws".

6. Imagine we have an urge to win at golf by cheating.

Imagine we have an urge to be the hero of the football match, by monopolising the ball.

Suffering is caused by such wrong urges.


7. To end suffering, we should have

(1) Right Views,

(2) Right Aims or Motives,

(3) Right Speech,

(4) Right Acts,

(5) Right Livelihood,

(6) Right Effort,

(7) Right Concentration or mind-development,

(8) "Cease to do evil, learn to do good, cleanse your own heart: this is the Teaching of the Buddhas".

8. Nirvana, the extinction of the limitations of selfhood, is attainable on earth.

"Look within; thou art Buddha".

9. Follow the path between the opposites, avoiding all extremes.

10. Meditation helps us to refrain from mental and emotional attachment to "the passing show".

11. The Buddha said: "Work out your own salvation" using your intuition.

Each man suffers the consequences of his own acts, and learns thereby, while helping his fellow man to the same deliverance.

12. Buddhism does not deny the existence of God or soul, though it places its own meaning on these terms. Buddhism has no dogmas, and points to man alone as the creator of his present life and sole designer of his destiny.


Anonymous said...

Hello Aang
It sure is hard to feel happy reading your pages.

All my life I have discussed 'issues' with people. Read Voltaire's Candide and Freud at uni, Jung outside uni. Loved Jung the most. And Christ.

Optimist. Pessimist. Realist.
Have enjoyed Muslim and Buddhist and other friendships along the way.
After 13 years of spiritual direction/Dream work, I have come to that space identified by quantum physics as the unified field.

We are indeed, all One:
perpetually co-creating Reality.

At yoga I have experienced the flow, and life, as breath.

All of Life and its forms are in constant state of transformation.

"look within; thou art Buddha"
"Be still, and know that I am/you are God"

All these worldviews enable us to endure Life and the betrayals, loss of innocence we must all pass through. Indeed, to grow into compassionate human beings.

Com-passionate: to be with the suffering; that ultimately is what your work is about.

I left my village because I completely ran out of resources
overcoming every evil into which I stumbled.

Recovering my health as a recluse,
since then I have found your site, Henry Makow and yesterday I discoverd the United Nations of Film (from Makow).
All in the same vein of that endemic evil in the midst of our mad ruling elites. Frantically covered up and at the same time, murdering anyone that is identified as a 'threat'.

What amazes me, is the extent to which all this is openly discussed on the world wide web, with names named. I can only pray that this continues, to bring about the changes we to see.

Being the Change.

especially Caring for kids.

Well done Aangirfan and all whistle blowers and supporters.


brian said...

off topic but FYI
the genocide in syria makes its way to australia in a way even FM Bob Carr cant miss:
HE small Alawite community in Australia say they have been targeted by vicious "jihadist" attacks as the bloody Syrian conflict spills over into Arabic communities in Sydney and Melbourne.

Alawi community leaders say the decision of Foreign Minister Bob Carr to expel Syria's charge d'affaires, Jawdat Ali, last month, after the massacre of an estimated 92 men, women and children in the village of Houla, inflamed threats to "hunt down" Alawis in Australia.

Attacks over the past four months include a young father being shot in the doorway of his home in Sydney's west after a heated Facebook exchange and a prayer room being fire-bombed in Melbourne's north.

eve Bob Carr cant be so blind as not to see the reality of syria being recreated in how can he attack the syrian govt while ignoring the FSA terrorism? is he corrupt?

brian said...

State-run TV station attacked, 3 staffers killed, Syria says

Anonymous said...

Bob Carr as Premier of NSW did a few deals around Sydney airport with Macquarie Bank. Abruptly resigned the Premiership and took up a position on the Board of Macquarie Bank.

The news reporting his utterances on the situation in Libya with the ICC/Australian lawyer are peurile and his appointment as Foreign Minister by the PM supports the saying 'water and self-esteem find their own level'.

The Universal Law of Attraction. These two deserve each other, while a few Aussies are wracking their brains trying to get a better deal for Australians than these puppets, who really do not give a fig about what havoc their decisions as 'leaders' are having.

Witness their stance re Assange. They are not to be trusted.

Anonymous said...

Yay Aang. One gets distracted by the passing scenery and forgets what the destination is. Thanks for reminding me.

... said...

I recently had a conversation with a friend about exactly this subject! It's good to see there is some scientific research into this positive/negative thinking.

So all those 'doom sayers', all the 'end of the world' is 1999, then it's 2012, and so on....All this is negative thinking and its sending out vibes to actually bring about 'the end of the world' when it may be no where near!

The same goes for the NWO, wars in general, disease and so on!

aka Marty

Anonymous said...

According to news reports, Morsi may appoint the former IAEA Director-General, Mohammed El-Baradei, as his Prime Minister.

Zoompad said...

Concerning the end of the world; according to the Lord Jesus Christ no-one is going to predict the exact date of the end as he is coming back suddenly "like a thief in the night" with no warning. But he did say there would be signs that the end is coming, ie that everywhere men would hate and betray each other, earthquakes and wars and the rebuilding of the Jerusalem temple for the antichrist.

But on another level, if you die its the end of YOUR world. It might as well be the end of the world period as far as you are concerned, because you wont be in it as a living breathing human being any more. So perhaps some of the people who are predicting the end of the world in 2012 are planning on something truly dreadful? I don't know, but I do feel that there is something very nasty going on, because of that horrible Olympic Games advert that does not seem to be around any more, the one that was like a bus going through London and with David Beckham up high with a pair of wings, that advert made me shudder.

Jesus said that we should always live our lives as if it were our last day on earth anyway and told a story about maidens with oil in their lamps. I like that story very much, and all the other things he said. He told us to be kind to each other and to not murder anyone, tell lies and be generally horrible, he told us to be good. I like what he said, even babies can understand what he said.

The world is a very scary place, but all the things that are happening people saw that they would happen in the past, and the Lord said he would not leave us through the bad times if we wanted him there, and I do!

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