Category Archives: Inspirational stories

Altruism: from whence the question?

Having thought a lot about altruism, George Price reasoned to himself: If there can be natural selection for Darwinian survival traits of fitness, could there not also be genes for self-sacrificing behavior? In fact we find such phenomena in the … Continue reading

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Is altruism an instinct?

This podcast about altruism is worth hearing. Part one is about George Price and his study on the science of altruism. Part two is about the Carnegie Hero Fund and extraordinary actions of ordinary people. I will share my thoughts … Continue reading

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The unquenchable spirit

I met Rachamim Melamed a couple of weeks ago. He has written about 10 books, most of them after he contracted ALS, a degenerative disease that little by little renders all of the person’s limbs immobile. The occasion for meeting … Continue reading

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What makes an “inspirational speaker” inspirational?

I’m not like most people. Everyone flocks to hear inspirational speakers. I’m annoyed by them. I had forgotten this fact when I went last night to hear a man dubbed as an “inspirational speaker.” He told his story, the story … Continue reading

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Synchronicity

Last week our spiritual growth group was discussing the topic of tolerance and how much more difficult it is to have tolerance for family and for neighbors than for friends. We see family and neighbors all the time. We might … Continue reading

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The preciousness of my children

I try to stick to our own original writings in this blog but once in a while I can’t help share something that comes to my email box that strikes me: The Preciousness of My Children God’s Miracles Amidst a … Continue reading

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Shining faces

The house is strangely quiet this morning. No film school students coming into the kitchen to make themselves a cup of coffee. No phone calls to get a few more minor actors for the school scene. No queries about which … Continue reading

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