A Survivor Tells Their Life-Changing Story On 23 April 2000, while diving in the warm waters of Sipadan (the only oceanic island of Malaysia), Callie and Monique Strydom were captured and taken hostage for ransom. “We were kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf – a rebel group aligned with Al Qaeda. In total 21 hostages were taken […]

Everyone has at one point or another asked themselves what the meaning to life is. Alan Watts, one of the most famous philosophers of the 20th century, addressed this question by making an analogy. To paraphrase, he compared life to a dance. A dancer doesn’t aim to reach a particular place on the floor; the […]

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“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. These are the words of Mahatma Gandhi. As a saint that was of tremendous influence in the world, this quote should not be taken lightly. And by that I mean it is wise to…

“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. These are the words of Mahatma Gandhi. As a saint that was of tremendous influence in the world, this quote should not be taken lightly. And by that I mean it is wise to listen and act according to the […]

  New York Times– South Africans Outraged After Police Drag Man The title of this story primes the audience to view the police as the aggressors and the citizens as good and innocent. An activation tag here is the word “Outraged”, thus the audience will be primed to respond in anger and disgust. Just below […]

Paramahansa Yogananda was and still is famous in the West for his ageless classic, Autobiography of a Yogi. On March 7, 1952, he died at the surprisingly youthful age of 59, especially considering his spiritual life. Although it is certain that the greatness of a guru is not judged by the years that he lived, but […]

I like to think of the mystery of life as the greatest of all magic tricks. When a magician shows me an impressive magic trick, I always want to know how he did it. I don’t ask out loud, however, because I don’t really want to know. The reason for this is that as soon as I […]