Philoxenia

Last time I wrote about xenophobia – a nasty trait in us threatening our civilization even our presence on this earth.  Now I want to write about Philoxenia – i.e. the eagerness to help and take care of “others.” Xenophobia, does not have to be with us, in fact, we have to get rid of…

Xenophobia: The Curse of Humanity

The fear and often hatred and even violence towards our fellow humans that they are considered as “others” because of the color of their skin, or their habits, their religious faith, or their point of origin, appears to run deep and is a curse for the entire humanity.  It may even, together with some other…

Why it is More Difficult to Be a Woman

Being alive ought to be, and is, a wonderful adventure – and should not treated as a disease, in spite of adversities and circumstances like living in a bad climate, in a poorly governed society, or in a place with poor resources or difficult circumstances.  This is true for women and men alike.  Nevertheless, the…

Raising Kids – Part 2

I have raised this issue before  in a previous article, but this matter is important and complex so we can revisit it again, this time at some length. Human beings are conflicted creatures by nature. We’re both selfish — looking after ourselves, calculating, looking often for an unfair advantage, having autonomy, thinking of self serving acts and advantages — and we…

“Oomph?”

“oomph?” What in the world is “oomph?”!  Simply it as that faculty in humans partially wired in our nature which later is promoted, and augmented by early experiences, that enables one, following an unpleasant weekend, to step out of his house on a Monday morning and looking up say; “Good morning God,!” ready to go-…

The amazing true story of Beate Serota

In a previous article I wrote about humanity’s looming troubles. But as I have said I am optimistic.  Here is an inspiring story of a young girl’s special accomplishment -one of many she did – , giving all of us hope. She was just 22 when she graduates from Mills College in Oakland at the end of the war with japan in 1945.  She was fluent…

The Time We Shook Hands with the Elephants

And now as I promised, I want to tell you about the safari I took together with two of my grandchildren’s  in South Africa – a wondrous adventure that happened five  years ago. Luck had it that a gregarious, gifted and warm industrialist named Tim Driman with his lovely caring wife Yvonne living  in South Africa…