We human beings are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others’ actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others’ activities.
“I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me.”
How often do we tell our own life story? How often do we adjust, embellish, make sly cuts? And the longer life goes on, the fewer are those around to challenge our account, to remind us that our life is not our life, merely the story we have told about our life.
Yuval Noah Harari, author of the bestselling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges.
Myths. We tend to think they’re a thing of the past, fabrications that early humans needed to believe in because their understanding of the world was so meagre.
I’ve had many enemies over the years. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s never engage in a fight you’re sure to lose. On the other hand, never let anyone who has insulted you get away with it.
It is the absence of facts that frightens people: the gap you open, into which they pour their fears, fantasies, desires.
The Brexit vote was a triple protest: against surging immigration, City of London bankers, and European Union institutions, in that order.
Read the Full article here on Project syndicate : The Meaning of Brexit
Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh paid rich tribute to his political mentor, the late PV Narasimha Rao (PVNR) and drew attention to one of the less acknowledged contributions of PM Rao.
Why was the code word to announce the success of Pokharan- 1 in 1974 “ Buddha is smiling”? My friend and former colleague Vinay Sitapati ( look for his fine biography of P V Narasimha Rao, Half- Lion, next week) finds the answer in his research.