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Culture
Family license
10. November 2018 at 19:45
by Valeriia Tsytsyk
Even though the main topic of this article is parenting and issues connected with it, it is not dedicated to parents anyhow but, on the contrary, to those who are just entering “an adult” world full of traps and pitfalls. To those who will decide how the destiny of the following generations will look like. To those who are the decisive start point. To you, who with the help of own wise actions can change the chain reaction of the previous generations.
Let’s travel a bit to the past. The time when the majority of people were the type of emotional creatures “controlled by heart” rather than pragmatic ones controlled by a cool head. Even though there were people whose objectives were education, self-development and high hopes, the majority did not even think of things of that category. There is a very logical explanation to this since the main so-called mission in life was marriage and creation of a family, a really big family. In 1950s people were expected to start off their lives right after High School. It was almost a custom for girls around 19 years old and boys around 21 years old to get married (according to the statistic of a median age of first marriage age by gender) And, in case you are not married in your 20s and you do not have at least 1 or 2 children, some...
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If you have fire learn to become the sun!!
27. October 2018 at 20:50
by Omkareshwar Jha
If you have the fire, learn to burn yourself and there the life wins. If you have the fire; learn to become the sun. So am I motivating today "yes" at some extent. Also I wanna make you aware that when you dream the passion comes in. We as dreamers have fire in our hearts, it beats and it beats inside you.
Learning to organise your passion, your energy and the entire science comes in role. Well the science yes it is. Culture is our safety assurance!! But Humanity is what you need to save so that it can flourish on this great planet that has life. Learning to be the sun is the exact phrase I looked for because it's a fire wall and it lights up everything for us. All around it doesn't require any light to be seen. A famous Indian metaphor is " Sun don't need any candle to be seen " it reflects its own. Be like the sun and don't worry or make yourself require or get identified by anything or any reference.

You reflect who you are and truly Knowing your nature is what is called self exploration!! The better you know yourself the efficient it reflects by your work. Glowing ball but this all is only possible when you work and nurtur...
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Disability is not inability
21. October 2018 at 09:00
by Nasir Ali Khan
In this world some people are born fit and fine where some people are born with disability. It is not in our hands that how to get birth without disability but it is surely in our hands to make our disability our strength rather to make it weakness. In this world, many disable persons have got success and many able persons are left behind.
A person’s determination, hope and belief of getting success should be strong enough to face the ups and downs of life because the life is not a constant line which always remain and go with the same pace and speed but it is full of hurdles.

In this world some people are born fit and fine where some people are born with disability. It is not in our hands that how to get birth without disability but it is surely in our hands to make our disability our strength rather to make it weakness. In this world, many disable persons have got success and many able persons are left behind. They have shown the world and proved wrong to those people who used to think that a disable person can’t do anything. The world is full of those people whose physical disability couldn’t stop them by reaching their destiny and completing their d...
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From the Rock-bottom
19. October 2018 at 09:01
by Febeto Potutan Jr.
Writers are made, not merely born. Others may see your flaws on how dumb you are at making sentence construction, how slow you are at understanding grammar and how poor you are at making imaginations but don't let them hinder you from glittering in doing what you can do— when your time comes to bloom, I'm pretty sure you're a beautiful one.
I’ve been there.
Thriving to crawl like
a vine seeking to find
some ray of hope in the
lowest depths of darkness
and looming sorrows.

And something’s lurking.
Their eyes glow green
casting great fear in me.
But a burgeoning beam
of light emanated telling
me to shine enormously.

Out of nothing, there was
a sudden burst of screaming
colors in me—grabbing my
pen, creating handcrafts and
show them that I can forge
diamonds from the rock-bottom.

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Leading Across Cultures Requires Flexibility and Curiosity
18. October 2018 at 09:00
by Imran Ali Laulai
When you go and visit people in the different cultures, you hear that they’re talking about the same common agenda, and beyond talking the same language, you get a real sense that this was happening spontaneously.
How many nights have you spent in a hotel in a city many miles from home? Perhaps nervous about the meeting in the morning, you find yourself lying on the bed flicking through the TV channels for something to watch to keep you awake to offset the growing jet-lag. Automatically, you search for channels and movies in your own language.

That’s a missed opportunity. Even without speaking the local language, you can learn a huge amount about a country’s culture from tuning into local television shows, especially comedy programs. When I was heading Organization and Management Development at Pepsi International, I would encourage our international executives to study local comedy shows. Comedy can be particularly hard to “get” if you’re not from the originating culture, but that’s exactly why it shines a li...
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God and our free will
15. October 2018 at 10:05
by Imran Ali Laulai
God is the Creator of the universe who yearns for us to know Him. That is why we are all here. It is His desire that we rely on and experience His strength, love, justice, holiness and compassion.
God has created humanity with the ability to choose. This means that we are not forced into a relationship with Him. He allows us to reject Him and to commit other evil acts as well. He could force us to be loving. He could force us to be good. But then what kind of relationship would we have with Him? It would not be a relationship at all, but a forced, absolutely controlled obedience. Instead He gave us the human dignity of free will.

Naturally, we cry from the depths of our souls..."But God, how could You let something of this magnitude happen?" How would we want God to act? Do we want Him to control the actions of people? In the case of dealing with a terrorist attack, what could possibly be an acceptable number of deaths for God to allow?! Would we feel better if God allowed only the murder of hundreds? Would we rather G...
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To My Beloved
13. October 2018 at 09:01
by Francine Beatriz Pradez
What if Mother Nature could suddenly speak? What would she say to us human beings?
Dear beloved,
Do you still remember the days
When we would try every way
To see each other
Even though I had to sneak off from my mother

Does your mind recall
How often you used to call
Just to hear my voice
And often it was an unconscious choice

Do you often dream about yesteryears
As we raise a glass of wine saying cheers
For the dates that often never ended
And the numerous roses that you gave me from the garden that you tended

But do you still remember
Or am I the only one hanging on to the embers
Of a love that was once a burning fire
Now it holds the charred pieces of our love in a pyre

All along I hold these memories close
If only to give our chapter a close
However give me some time
To figure out why you acted like a mime

You acted cold
And right there and then I’ve lost my hold
On you, on us...
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The Social and Cultural Determinants Of Mental Health
11. October 2018 at 18:14
by Nithin Valsamma Rajan
“Health is wealth”“If wealth is lost nothing is lost but if health is lost something is lost”.People of the present day confront many realities; pleasant ones such as the ever growing scientific progress on one hand and unpleasant ones such as the destructive elements of science on the other. Man stands perplexed between these.
There have been drastic changes in the outlook of human beings that raise questions concerning tradition and its values. The absence of mutual care and respect could be considered the biggest crisis of this day. Mental health is in a way more important than physical health, as physical sickness, unless chronic can be cured relatively quicker. Mental sickness however, takes a longer time to heal.

Once there were two parrots at a man’s house. He wanted to go for a long journey, so he gave one parrot to a monk and one parrot to a butcher and started his journey. After months the owner of the parrots came back and took his parrots back home. Once when a guest came to see this man one parrot said please come in and sit down, can I give you some water to drink? This was the parrot at the monks place; the other parrot from the butcher p...
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Catastrophe Underlying Industrialization (The Rampal Project)
07. October 2018 at 09:01
by Jawwad Shadman Siddique
The government of Bangladesh has been trying best to take Bangladesh to greater heights. While doing that, they have undertaken some massive projects. The Rampal Power Plant Project is one of them. This project would provide a vast amount of energy and help to overcome the crisis of electricity generation.
While doing that, the establishment of this plant would pose a serious threat to the forestry, specially to The Sundarbans and create an ecological imbalance. Considering both the aspect, the common public, private sectors and the government have to decisive and critical in their approach.

The feasible and sustainable infrastructure of modern cities has paved its way upon the substantial flourishing of industrialization and factorization of industries. Looking upon the developed and affluent cities, the developing and under developed countries have started to pursue their ways into industrialization in order to stand tall as an independent and prosperous state. Industrialization has given us endless possibilities with production, development, growth, expansion and success. But the fact that it bears within itself the massive threat a...
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The Israeli-palestinian conflicts
04. October 2018 at 09:06
by Asfand Ali Goraho
The conflict between Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs has endured for a century. It centers on control of territory and, as common in such disputes, is characterized by conquest, destruction, and revenge, with all the animosity and sorrow that these actions bring. Because the land in question is terra sancta to three major religions, the conflict evokes powerful passions involving identity, honor, and the propriety of cultural claims.
That its disputants employ sophisticated arguments and armaments, that they are willing to combat not only each other but rival voices within their own ranks, and that decades of international diplomacy have failed to produce a satisfactory solution, render it "one of the most difficult political problems of our time, perhaps the most difficult of them all" (Martin Buber). Marked by a series of surprising achievements, deceptions and atrocities in which each side has underestimated the tenacity and resourcefulness of the other, it guarantees fascinating study.

The conflict is partly fueled by rival normative claims that challenge our philosophical thinking. When does a community have a right to govern or possess a certain territory? Under what conditions are peoples entitled to self-determination? Are religious Claims and aff...
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The Momo Challenge
29. September 2018 at 21:40
by Nasir Ali Khan
Games were used to be for entertainment but now they are the cause of deaths. After the game bluewhale, which took lives of 130 teens all around the world, which was a big loss because they were not only 130 persons but 130 families were killed. Now past is going to repeat itself because another game has taken its place which is called the MOMO challenge.
This game has taken 3-lives of novice children from different countries of the world like. This game has deprived many people from their loved ones. And it is steeply spreading and killing people world widely. Also this game has been a threat and it is also being used by criminals for different reasons like: harassment, killing innocent people and many more.

In addition to this, the logo of this game is so strange. There is a girl with large eyes and long hair with an unusual smile, and one can easily feel the threat from this logo. The game started from a Facebook group and now it is spreading through the WhatsApp messenger which is most famous messenger nowadays. Momo is a game in which there are worse challenges like waking up late nights, watching horror movies, hurting ourselves and in the end committing suicide.

The controlle...
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Spill a coffee on yourself
28. September 2018 at 17:59
by Parthasarathi Kar
Corporate world has its own buzz around it.It is said that with cutting edge technology and cut throat competition the corporate world is becoming mean day by day but guess what we do have a solution to it.In order to diminish this meanness around us, let's make the work space ludicrous, cheerful and enthusiastic and all we need to do is take a moment to laugh.
While skimming through linkedin I came across an article which talked about how to be like-able in corporate world.Well most of us would get tempted and would read the article and I did the same thing.It is believed that in corporate sector, a person who is well accomplished,highly skilled may be regarded as an idol to strive for but that does not mean that he will be liked by majority.

In many of the cases, we might have experienced that the most skilled person in the office might have higher dependencies, all fuss around him but during fun time you might find him being alone and silent.The person may have innumerable solutions to a very complex problem but when it comes to the point of socialization he might feel it a bit challenging.But the same person can be socialized if he starts cracking jokes by making fun of him among colleagu...
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Is "every child is special" a myth?
22. September 2018 at 21:30
by Parthasarathi Kar
Potential is a word which finds its mention in many of the books.As a physicist would define in simple words, Potential energy is the energy possessed by a matter because of its position. In layman term, potential defines the limit of any matter. In our day to day life we measure the potential of every substance but while doing so we get so engrossed that we start measuring the potential of a kid, a child, a man, a being.
For other materials we use different scales to measure the potential but in case of human in most of the circumstances, we use academics to measure his potential. Is it always justified to measure someone's potential just by skimming through his academics? Are we doing justice to that person? It is a high time we need to think about this.

It is believed that the greatest creation of the Almighty is " The Human"; considered as most powerful being on the planet and the reason behind him being powerful is his "ability to think(rationally and logically to be more precise.)" But it does ponder me sometimes, is it true? Nowadays, it seems people have stopped thinking and have started behaving like sheep following a flock. They do not have their own ability to judge a person's potential and the only scale that is used t...
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Division
17. September 2018 at 20:41
by Jubilee Floren
Since we're kids we are taught by our parents of about the beliefs they had, and as we grow older we will meet different kinds of people with different beliefs through that our differences can't be denied.
As they grew
Their minds widen.
They're taught,
On different beliefs

They became divided
Even if they say that,
"We are Friends" still,
No one can deny their differences.

And as,
Love began to spring
Their beliefs,
Putted the walls in between.
...
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The Art of Living in the Present Moment
13. September 2018 at 22:29
by Valeriia Tsytsyk
Where are you now? How are you living, right at the moment? What is this moment about? Are you really living it here and now? Too many questions to begin with: the present moment. However, the importance of it is more than one might think. The point is that the vast majority of our modern “all the time in a hurry” society tends to see life as a marathon, where every person is in a race for achievements, realization of plans, dreams and goals, etc.
Eventually, upon arriving right there, at the finish of your life marathon, you start to understand that there is actually something missing. And the more you think about it, the bigger this something becomes. This is because that part is your entire life. The life that has been lost in the race. The life that will never be repeated, from the starting point.

There is an amazing saying by Alice Morse which nails the whole meaning and the idea of life: “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the PRESENT”. However, do people really appreciate this priceless gift, or do we rather tend to underestimate it, substituting for the daily wonder that which has not yet happened?

In one of the speeches that she devoted to the importance of the ability to live in the here and now, t...
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Drugs as fashion
10. September 2018 at 21:18
by Nasir Ali Khan
Drugs have spreaded in the nerves of most of our youth. Our youth consider drugs as a fashion. Most of the youngsters feel proud and overwhelmed while wearing Rolex, expensive clothes and taking drugs. No doubt drugs give the relaxation of time being but the consequences of forever. Drugs causes so many diseases like: mental illness, lungs cancer, mouth cancer and many more.
Despite knowing these consequences drugs are increasing steeply and deeply in nerves of our youth. Indeed, Drugs have become a parameter which are used to judge that how much person is independent or mature. Moreover, nowadays, the fashion is judge by the amount and kinds of drugs that one takes.

It is sad to tell you people that the future of our country(PAKISTAN) is at stake. Because the future of any country base on its masses. According to UN report, there are 7.6 million drug addicts in Pakistan. But the actual number of drug addicts are much higher than the UN report. Unfortunately, Drugs have spread in the nerves of most of our youth. Our youth consider drugs as a fashion. Most of the youngsters feel proud and overwhelmed while taking drugs. No doubt drugs give the relaxation of time being but the consequences of forever.

&...
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Who will tell our story? A journey into the world of addicts
07. September 2018 at 22:55
by Abiodun Jamiu
He wanted to tell his story, his grass to grace tribulations; the hope of a child determined to defeat all odds on his ladder to success. He wanted to tell the world how he skipped meals, a time of One-Zero-One or Zero-Zero-One, to become the Bill Gate of his time.
He wanted to put smile on his mother's face who heaped tough mounds to bring him up when death hastily took away his father at a prime age. He wanted to see a fulfilled life when the battle ends. But he lived not to tell his story, rather he became history whose story built a storey reminisced on cautiousness and obedience.

Bola was a symbol of a typical Nigerian youth who in the hope of finding fortunes moved to city the where he ran into drug peddlers. They accommodated him, fed him and even promised to proffer him a job, a watering one, he thought. As promised, he became an agent of their drug network, after a fierce battle with his moral, as well as an addict himself. He was happy with the way fortune was smiling at him. But Bola did not notice the intrigues that lie beneath his new found hope; he could only see his dreamland, perh...
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Reality is Stronger than Imagination
03. September 2018 at 21:34
by Dodo Khan
We are living in a world where a 7-year-old girl is raped on one hand and a girl was killed by his brother because she started working for showbiz while pets have equal rights to live a stable life on the other.
We claim that we are a peaceful nation and follow a peaceful religion, while we are called terrorists and held responsible for every terrorist activity in the world. On one side, people are dying to have food to survive while on the other, we are determined to introduce 3D printed food.

For one human, the world is as small as a village, while for the other, the luxury of smartphones, internet, and planes have given them access to the whole of the planet. Looking at one side of the mirror, we see people dying because of improper sanitation and infected food, while on the other side, we see people dying because of over-consumption of alcohol and drugs.

On one hand, people are sick because of working too hard for a living, while on the other, it’s getting difficult for people to manage airport traffic. One side shows a mother wh...
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Cultural Background of Indus valley civilians
31. August 2018 at 19:12
by Tajdar Adil Ali Mahar
A fascinating article that shows how old excavation records together with recent computer modeling techniques can be used to show how a constructed space changed over time, and how that evidence can speak to larger issues in a society. As the author puts is, "digital re-visitation of early archaeological datasets, enhanced with improved theoretical frameworks, can reveal the broad range of socio-political configurations that emerged among the world’s earliest cities and states."
Green zeroes in on a set of buildings whose public access appears to have increased through time. They were opened through entrances to adjacent streets and reconfigured in a way that, he writes, could indicate that they may have been something like an "office" or "hostel" as the original excavator, E.J.H. Mackay suggested.

Archaeologists have always had something – or rather, very much of – the detective in them. This article is a superb example of how investigative science can lead, if not to absolute proof, then to extremely interesting hypotheses that can be further tested to refine our interpretations. One of the values of this paper in particular is Green's ability to relate these findings to theorizing from other contexts, which helps us understand the origins of early city states and economic uni...
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Moral decadence: trouble in labour, future in trouble
30. August 2018 at 21:51
by Abiodun Jamiu
The struggles of man begin at birth much as the ruins of a land and its people begin in their homes. The chemeleon is no food, it commands tears from eyes. Coming from the seat of the Caliphate, I thought my pen would be drown in the puzzle and buzzle of political campaign; the dilemma of old criminals in a duel with new saints.
The nib of my pen was already growling in Marx's "Capital Manifestoes", the blueprint of capital flight, only to be dump in the menses of Moral swash - a total disrespect of Moral and cultural values. When the head of a family dies, the house becomes an empty shell; when total erosion of value is the order of the day, the fate of the future remain blurry like the erratic power supply in Nigeria.

In a countless wandering, seeking peace and finding none, there is rampage now in the land, joy has broken and scattered. Peace, too, is on a journey to the land of our fathers. The flash dwindling in moral and cultural values has not only a debilitating effect on the socio-economic and political sphere but also rape the future of it's fertility. A common stereotype of the mass erosion of our values which resulted in explosive social...
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Cyberbullying: the new global demon in public health
26. August 2018 at 13:38
by Victor Oyelade
The advent of the internet in the 90s has been one of the greatest inventions of modern history, if not the greatest. E-commerce, Blockchain, E-banking, Social media have certainly improved our lives.
“The Internet of Things” (IoT) is gradually taking form. The Social Media is probably the favorite child of the internet. Somehow, we have had to pay for these advancements, one way or the other and we are still paying.

According to “Bark Technologies”, Cyberbullying (also known as Internet bullying) dates back as early as 1999, it became popular in the mid-2000s in the U.S when 13-year old Tina Meier committed suicide after neighbours harassed her with an false Myspace account. The perpetrators were found guilty but acquitted later. This made the state of Missouri to pass a law against Cyberbullying.

In the late 2000s in Canada a teenager named Amanda Todd killed herself after describing in a youtube video, how a stranger convinced her to show her breast on camera and blackmailed her using it. The video ha...
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Girls are the best gift for parents
19. August 2018 at 19:31
by Aditya Kumar
We often hear about girl’s struggle that how they are discriminated in society and family. But this is that side of the coin which we know and there is no need to describe the history of it. I would like talk about another side of the coin which may bring change in the mindset of people.
There are many people who discriminate between a girl and a boy even in this modern world. But there are also some great parents who treat their children equally. We must have heard that when a boy child is born then their family celebrate and think that the boy is pride of their family but when a girl is born; she is not welcomed in such manner by their family. I have heard about many great parents who never discriminate between a girl and a boy. They have supported their daughters and now these girls have become their pride.

Malala Yousafzai is one of those lucky girls who has got great parents. Ziauddin Yousafzai is one of the best fathers which I have seen. He is the one who has set example in the whole world.As far as I have seen, many girls are close to their fathers because he always takes side of her and saves her from all the...
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Not Another Statistic
13. August 2018 at 22:37
by Francine Beatriz Pradez
A poem highlighting the problems encountered by teenagers and families within the Philippines.
A hundred six million people
Each living under a high steeple
I don’t know when this will ever end or if there is even a sequel
I feel as if we are beetles
In a jar swept under a rug
Until someone reaches underneath looking for a teddy bear to hug
Because the truth be gone, short talk aside
The youth made a stride
Took it to the streets
Painted it black and white
When judgement abounds
Hope for the motherland spins round and round
But please remember this – we are not another statistic
Used by politics, depicted as rebellious and horrific

I remember the girl
Studying Medicine and hanging from her neck a single pearl
Life’s going fine
She even treats her friends to brunch
Getting the bill, saying “This one’s mine.”
Then her perfect world goes down the drain
She feels the pain &ndas...
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The Concept of Economics
13. August 2018 at 22:35
by Abdisalan Ahmed Hussein Fidow
Economic is the scarcity and choice, this study will argue main parts of Economics so the Economic dived Macroeconomics , Microeconomics , Economic growth and economic development.However the Economic of Somali is depend on livestock special Camals , Goats and Cows so the trade hight significant with economic growth .
Since 1970 the Somali people crowed the cities and towns , so they need Business after that grdual arise trade import and export so the trade have positive impact on Economic growth in Somali. Although the trade is import and export are thus seen as source of Economic growth in Somali.

The Economics is the study of choice under conditions of scarcity so the Scarcity situation in which the amount of something available is insufficient to satisfy the desire for it, The problem for society is a scarcity of the resources, Scarcity of Labor, Time human beings spend producing goods and services. Scarcity of Capital is something produced that is long-lasting, and used to make other things that we value Human capital of that scarcity of land/natural resources
Physical space on which production occurs, and a natural resources that come with i...
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If diction and captions are hard to believe...
09. August 2018 at 22:10
by Siddiqa Magar
Initial struggles of amateurs overpowered by self belief and endless love for words.
If diction and captions are hard to believe.....

...then all are welcomed to leave it on me,
for I can take it naively, the sophisticated blend
of more wise "THE YOU LITERATURE" and
"SHEER ME"
So I keep my issues tractable and myself wondrous.

...as my words tread solitary, they are directionless
and so never are hard onto me.
The lens is in love with the realm,
So the camera focused the real me.

...not skilled enough to cut the mustard,
I do respect my mediocre start
accompanied with the indigestion of passive readers.
Yet all failed to pacify with their disbelief in my words.

...as hearts are difficult to plagiarize
and the mind gives up on the mere significance
of alma mater, the languaged spirit commands high.
Yet virtues of alphabets never fade the meaning.

...still if diction and c...
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The Other Facet of Pretty
09. August 2018 at 14:38
by Francine Beatriz Pradez
Is Hollywood often the standard of beauty in society? How often do we hear about women changing their physical appearances to conform to superficial norms? Beauty is a multi-faceted diamond -- rare and built from the harshest circumstances. But there is another facet of beauty that we have often neglected to see.
There's this struggle that only teens on the heavier side of the scale could understand. We're bounded in this sorority of excessive measure tapes, double sized tops, and cropped bottoms. We're the kind of girls who opt to just skip window shopping in the mall or feel ashamed to actually want to try an asymmetrical chiffon dress because it wouldn't exactly fit us like the other girls.

We are those kind of girls who would eat French fries, sometimes a larger order for our midnight snack, and totally hate ourselves after. We're the end line of comments such as, “You would be prettier if you were a tad bit slimmer" or the occasional "People would like you if you are thin" and whatnots.

Sometimes, although our friends don't actually mean it, we feel quite a sense of hurt in part with their weight-related jokes. Deep...
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The Caged Bird Sings: What Freedom Means to Me
04. August 2018 at 18:43
by Francine Beatriz Pradez
Our Philosophy teacher asked one question, "What does freedom mean to you?" And I spent a year discovering my own answer to an otherwise simple question.
"Hold still!"

That is an order not a request.

"Stay calm!"

Coupled with the thunder in my voice, stand proud yet silent.

"Quell it."

For I see the storms whirling of intensity with black clouds and lighting above your head.

But before I breathe in the last words, you follow. You were an ethereal image that day of poise and dignity. Broken yet mended. Alone yet strong by innumerable quantity. Lost yet focused. Such a beautiful paradox. Indeed a mystery of why the caged bird sings.

Why does the caged bird sing? For it knows that the burden of the yoke is only temporary. Because life is like a set of piano tiles both black and white to represent the ups and downs of life. No matter how depressing the dark parts of life may seem, a song cannot work without both of its black and white keys. Si...
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Winning Balance for Teens
30. July 2018 at 22:58
by Francine Beatriz Pradez
The health of the Filipino youth is a debatable topic in the Philippines and much of the debacle could be attributed to a lack of health education within the country. Through this article, we are enjoined to rediscover the importance of health education in shaping the lives of the youth.
Luminous yellow-orange rays pierce the pale blue sky while the rooster crows as the world stirs awake, at one point in the twenty-four thousand, nine hundred one miles it takes to orbit around the circumference of the Earth, is a Filipino mother. She would walk around the house like a marathoner in pursuit of time, to open the windows and beckon the light to stream in, iron the clothes, prepare her daughter’s lunchbox and cook a hearty meal to begin the day.

As tender as she may be, the school gates might seem bold and imposing for her young one so she takes the child’s hands and leads the way. She leaves her on the seat just in front of her teacher as the eight-hour learning process begins. Concepts of arithmetic, analogy, science, and reading are stacked like blocks in her mind so as to fortify the foundation of knowledg...
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Writing for the Writer
29. July 2018 at 00:09
by Francine Beatriz Pradez
WRITING IS TOUGH. A sincere, heartfelt open letter for those who are writers, who know writers or who would like to be writers.
WRITING IS TOUGH. Those phrases would forever etch my mind with the late night clicking of the keyboard keys, mind racing as I attempt to reach a deadline while there is a constant nagging fear at the back of my mind wondering if what I wrote isn’t the best I could come up with. But this is not just my fear; it is the fear of legions of sisters and brothers who found a home, a haven inside the literature industry. Because whether we face it or not, writing is indeed tough.

WRITING IS TOUGH. It is tough in such a way that you will miss pizza nights with friends just to come up with a brilliant news peg. Writing is tough because you would make a conscious decision to forgo watching the latest episode of Riverdale in favor of the late night news. It is tough because sometimes you can’t find the will to finish the article you a...
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Discrimination: A perspective on bigotry in Burma
27. July 2018 at 15:48
by Eaint Wutyee May Moe
“Daughter.” My twelve-year-old self glanced up from her phone, one hand on the doorknob. “You can’t wear that to tuition. There are men there.” I frowned, looking down at what had, until now, seemed like a perfectly fine dress.
After all, it was a hot day, and all I was going to do was sitting in a classroom. “But what’s wrong with it?” “You can see your shoulders. Your knees too. It’s for your own good, now go change, okay?” Nodding slowly, I made my way back towards my room to put on jeans and a t-shirt. Wondering why my knees and shoulders were so much more important than my education. I didn’t understand any of it.

See, underneath all the pagodas and puppet shows, Myanmar has a deeply-engrained problem with prejudice. IIts roots digg deep into all different aspects of our daily lives, including our education, our entertainment, and even our religion. You notice it in how the worst insult you can be called is a kalar (Indian) or an achout (gay). You notice it when someone drives badly, and everyone immediately ass...
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The Unsung Heroes
26. July 2018 at 21:15
by Francine Beatriz Pradez
Who are the unsung heroes of our generation? They are those who respond to the call of servant leadership. Silent yet inspiring, they are the game changers of today.
In a ramshackle farmhouse, beyond the winding dirt road and past the rickety fence was Manuela, the three – legged dog. She could walk you through the land filled with fresh spring flowers in bloom, a tended vegetable garden where you can see two policemen manning the fence and towards her owner, nonetheless the President of Uruguay.

Uruguay is a humble country off the coast of South America where verdant interiors could be seen and President Jose Mujica is as ordinary a person as anyone could be. He was not some hot shot strolling down the street, drinking champagne while his citizens struggled to have water drip down their mouths. He was not acquiring bags of rice just to hoard in his home but he tilled the lands outside his house and sold the flowers in his garden. He lived in such a way that 90% of his salary was donated to ...
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All Our Mistaken Identities
23. July 2018 at 03:02
by Francine Beatriz Pradez
We wear the traditional costumes befitting a Filipino, we dine on gastronomic delicacies of our ancestors and yet who are we as Filipinos? Are we the nation colonized by Spain, the United States of America and Japan? Or are we the nation who withstood the oppression caused by Martial Law and ultimately inspired the world through a bloodless People Power Revolution? A national identity is as imperative as establishing who you are as a person; it is a motion brought forth by the entire citizenry to feel a sense of cohesive wholeness and it is high time that we start discovering who we are today.
Have you ever felt torn apart over two things? Like an overwhelming, confusing feeling of choosing who you ought to be and who you are as if life depended on it? I did. I think everyone did too at least at some point in their grand sojourn of life, when life goes along just fine, when the next Friday night signals another dance party with your friends but then it stands there looming in the distance similar to a shadow that lingers even after the sun has set.

In medical terms nurturing an emotion of this kind is referred to as an identity crisis.

I have had a deliriously extreme phase of identity crisis that whenever I think of it, it makes me scrunch up the skin between my eyebrows and agitates the butterflies inside my stomach. It makes me stop to stare at the gray patches of the walls in our house, it stops me fr...
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Why Every Pakistani Girl Needs At Least 12 Years Of Education
21. July 2018 at 22:49
by Athar Maqsood
As we cannot clap with a single hand. In the same way, a society cannot make progress without educating girls. Our religion also focuses on girls education. Our Holy Prophet (PBUH) said, “Every Muslim men and women are obliged to seek knowledge — Ibn-e-Majah”.
Many do not realize that educating a woman means educating the entire household. If a woman is educated, she is a bigger support in the family. Moving further than just dependency roles where females are only required to look after the family members and cook and clean for them, there is much more to a female. If provided with the right upbringing and education these very same females can help the community to prosper in more ways than one. They can be more productive as educated females rather than illiterate farmers working on rented lands. A mother’s lap is the first nursery a child is exposed to, and if such a mother is educated and wise she can bring up the child to be a responsible citizen of the country. If a girl is slave mentally, she will also give birth to a slave child.

In this time and age, Pakistan still has 22.6 mi...
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Self-confidence
20. July 2018 at 22:45
by Romaisa Ghous
Self-confidence is the key to success. Self-confident people are admired by others and inspire confident in others. They face their fears and challenges with courage and determination.
They overcome their insecurities and obstacles with spirit. Self-confident people are always positive. They have that charisma in their personality and determination in their eyes. They are usually satisfied with their life and encourage themselves to strive for bigger and better.

Many times we find that we're unsure of ourselves. We constantly belittle ourselves and find faults in ourselves. We doubt our abilities and skills. We just want to hide ourselves from the world. A little failure breaksus and we start to curse ourselves and our luck for that. Confidence can be a hard thing to build up. Not everyone is born with an inbuilt sense of self-confidence. Sometimes it can be hard to build up confidence because of past failures and experinces.

When it comes to success nothing is more important than self-confidence and belief in ons...
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19. July 2018 at 22:07
by Christopher Tawiah-mensah
I see you don't trust me. No need to worry my head over that. You don't trust anyone but yourself. Maybe I'm way too honest- my bad, I am a Taurean. That's what gets me into trouble these days. Our past has the present looking like a fresh murder, a typical prototype of the scars we hide under our clothes. We pin the pains and dim the paints of our hearts and swear to never be taken for granted ever again; engraving marks on walls and soils to seal them.
So we shudder at the truth when told. A bitter-sweet chocolate to munch on. It looks too good to be true and too bad to be true- we judge with our scrolls of many experiences. Scrolls that define everyone to be evil and us, just us, to be good. "People don't change" oh how we spread our bedsheets and fly our limbs with this; blessing ourselves to an episode of cinnamon sticks between our teeth and never asking the million dollar question, 'Aren't we also, People?'"Somebody needs to sweep here and clear these gutters" he points with his index finger with voice echoing through the winds. He forgets that he too is 'Somebody'. He forgets that he has hands and legs that can pick up a broom and a spade to shove a mud, he forgets.. that the government is you and I and not someone in an Italian suit sipping a glass of scotch ...
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A Bite of Friendship
14. July 2018 at 20:39
by Mary Joy Orola
It's an amazing world, ours, filled with diversified expressions that make us up, either deliberately or without notice. Relationship is one important live wire of humanity and friendship is a branch of it that cannot be underestimated, even with the hurts that accompany it sometimes, because in all everyone needs someone to call a friend!
Allen handed the book over to Merya as she with undivided attention was engrossed in the laptop in front of her.

''What is it?'' she asked, barely looking up at one of her closest buddy.

''Take a look and stop acting all foreign.'' She shot him a sharp rebuking look and then flipped through the pages of the book he gave her with an almost nonchalant attitude. And…

Really?! She said in a whisper as she looked through the pages.

”Really?” Is that all you can say? Really?! I got your defense all done for you, something you have been struggling to do for the past 3 weeks, promising yourself to get it printed out at your Departmental head’s office but have not been given the chance. You got it on a platter of gold and all you could say is “Really”?''

''I’m sorry Al, it’s just tha...
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Comfort zone. Do you need to go out it?
11. July 2018 at 14:50
by Anna Kontseba
What is the comfort zone? Why do many people affirm that you have to go out from your comfort zone? What to do if you can't go out it?
Comfort zone is some space where you feel comfortable. This is your routine life, personal space, places where you used to spend time and close people. Sounds great and it looks like you really don’t need anything else. However, there are two types of people: who guess it’s necessary to go out from it and ones who think there is no need to do it.

Let’s explore “for” and “against”.
Why do you need leave your comfort zone?
1. You will see more opportunities around you
2. You will be able to meet more new people
3. You will try something new
4. You will be not afraid of making changes
5. You will be always for explore something new, go wherever and whenever to find new emotions ...
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What to do if something goes wrong
08. July 2018 at 20:30
by Anna Kontseba
If you sometimes are worried because of problems in your routine life and various difficulties, this article is for you! Find out the ways of successfully overcoming any troubles and reducing their impact on your life.
Human’s life is full of good and bad things. It is a sequence of white and black lines. It’s normal to feel happy in one period of time and sad in another. What changes good periods on bad ones? Problems in our routine life, conflicts, troubles on the way of reaching the goal, hard situations and misunderstanding with people – all those influence on the stay of your soul. All bad things which happen with you – it’s okay. Life cannot be perfect all the time. All you need to improve your life and get rid of things that concern you is motivation, large desire to be happy and actions.
Let’s explore what can help you to go out a winner from any hard situation in your life.

First thing is motivation. It is really important not to give up in any case. You have to remember that there is a good exist from ...
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5 places which you need to visit to understand what Ukraine is
06. July 2018 at 17:13
by Anna Kontseba
Every country has its own appearance, soul and habits. To find out country’s soul we can read books, watch TV shows or read its news. To know more about habits you need to communicate with people, understand their values and lifestyles.
What about appearance of country? Of course, it’s its unbelievable landscapes, beautiful monuments and huge cities which take our breathe. Today you can read about 5 places that I strongly recommend you to visit in Ukraine to understand what this country is and why it is so special.

Nowadays, using the Internet we have an opportunity to explore different places. However, pictures can’t change your own view, they cannot show you all. So if you can afford to see something personal, don’t hesitate to go to Ukraine. I have taken three cities because they can show you what the life of Ukrainian is and two nature objects that can help you understand what Ukraine as a place is.
1. Kyiv
2. Lviv
3. Odesa
4. Synevyr lake (Carpathians)
5. Khortytsa

Kyiv is a capital of Ukraine. It is a city of almost 3 million popula...
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How the three years of MasterCard service changed the lives of the Somalis
05. July 2018 at 21:08
by Adan Bulale
Somalia locates the horn of Africa, sadly to say, it is one of the poorest countries in the world, missed formal banking since the fall of the former regime 1991. Back in that time, the people of the country have been using informal banking.
However, in June 2015, the famous MasterCard worldwide- the US-based multinational financial services firm and world largest currency give license to the premier bank Somalia to issue MasterCard branded cards. This bank issues 10,000-20,000 cards every year to give it is customers, now the Somali people have access to their money in their accounts by 24 hours through ATM machines in the country. In addition, the customers can use their cards to purchase at the point of sales in the country. Though the bank does not still installed the required number of POS and ATM machines yet still it is a good step taken forward.

The good news is that anyone who travels to the world can withdraw his/her money from the ATMs around the globe, similarly, the people from outside of the country can use their cards to the premier ATMs. Foreign investors h...
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Enable, inspire, influence!
03. July 2018 at 22:44
by Pranav Mohla
The impact of our activities run far deeper than the eye can see. What is it about leadership that makes it so much harder to define than the attributes so often associated with it?
Charisma, efficiency, intelligence, ambition, inspiration and morality! These deep qualities become intrinsic to the leader over years of personal development accelerated with the catalyst of constructive adversity. The cliché practice makes perfect is no joke. One cannot learn charisma in a classroom any more than one can create initiative in a seminar or find integrity in a book.

Muhammad Ali once said, “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” We all choose our heroes and grapple with the question of leadership through their example. I embarked on a journey to ...
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Recent Trends in Ponzi Scheme in Nigeria
03. July 2018 at 22:39
by Esimaje Michael Onoseme
In an economy where it’s so difficult to earn a living, many Nigerians and Youthful Africans inclusive of fellows from my region in Warri, Delta state Nigeria has opted to try out their perceived luck on current ponzi schemes or latest pyramid schemes, with the hope of making huge profit.
The need to make it in life has always been a constant nagging in most of us, and so many struggle and the more ambitious ones struggle harder. Unfortunately, as much as we struggle there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel and with the current situation in Nigeria many invest in any Ponzi scheme or pyramid scheme as they call it, to stay afloat.

The Ponzi scheme has always been called a scam with its unbelievable returns and its failings, right from Twinkas Ponzi to MMM and co. This made financial securities tighter to eradicate or bring to minimal. Though Ponzi schemes seem more secure but painfully, it gets more people to take its reins to lead more people than ever into financial destruction.

With the current situation in Nigeria, it is of no surprise that more Nigerians still dive into the pool of any new Ponzi scheme...
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The Call
02. July 2018 at 19:57
by Christopher Tawiah-mensah
"Why don't you just go the normal way: sit at home, watch TV and trouble won't find you. You always have a seminar on your calendar, a music event to attend. There's always something to do with you."
Daddy's favourite slang. I do understand him though. We have been through a lot in the past few years. Any responsible parent will do same; protect their wards against the stench of society. The news has us all in our safety wears. We slip into our overalls, finger the gloves and boot those feet. The helmets are never forgotten on the dusty racks.Thought we said African germs were not harmful! Truth is, we can't be too careful, we can't be too safe. The next second is not promised.

The next oxygen might evolve into a nitrogen molecule and choke on our bronchia. Or maybe, just maybe, the next blink might glue our eye lashes to our lower eyelids, blinding us for the rest of our lives. Or maybe if we had checked the fuel gauge one more time after the 11 checks, the car wouldn't have broken down at this dead end. Even numbers always do th...
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Sports betting
02. July 2018 at 19:55
by Ahmed Shalby
Sports betting has a unique appeal to it. This appeal is based on the fact that you are not betting in a setting where the house as an edge and shaves something off the top of your earnings. Here, you are dealing with cold numbers, and are in a certain amount of control regarding the choices you make. The major question for those starring is whether this type of wagering can serve up a consistent kind of winning pattern.
Is Sports Betting profitable?
Yes, it is. It all depends on how you go about it. See, the experienced handicapper does not respond to sentiment like the rest of the betting public. He uses a wide range of sources to determine what could sway things in a particular way and draws his own spreads. He tinkers with this until the last minute and then compares what he has with the bookmakers’ official figures. It takes some work, but it has the capacity to take you ever so closer to a win. Speaking from the perspective of cold numbers, you generally just need to be right a little over 50% of the time to be profitable.

Blind luck or cold skill?
Sports betting relies heavily on your skill. You are not taking shots in the dark like you would with online slots; you are making a calculated move based ...
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Ukrainian mentality: advantages and disadvantages
30. June 2018 at 23:29
by Anna Kontseba
Every person is unique, has its own character, interests and values. However, some personal characteristics and even behavior depend on culture and society where the human lives. Common personal characteristics between people are called mentality. Beliefs, values and ideas of people bear their mentality.
Ukrainian mentality has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Firstly, Ukrainians are famous for their hospitality. People here are always ready to meet guests and give them much time and attention. They are always willing to help in any situation and try to make guests glad and excited.

Secondly, Ukrainians are hard working. During the history of Ukraine, we can see how hard people have been working. As Ukraine has fertile lands people worked on fields to give all the best to their families. We are freedom lovers. However, our desirable freedom isn’t with us all the time. History can show us how hard situations in society at different time makes Ukrainians strong and value their freedom, rights and opportunities. It also made us patient and enduring. Steady Ukrainians have been always defending and fighting for justice.

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YPPO at DBU Congress
29. June 2018 at 20:27
by Fabian Schneider
YPPO was represented at the Biodiversity Congress 2017 in Osnabrueck, Germany organised by the DBU and the German government. We raised financial support and are now officially sponsored by the DBU!
The YPPO strives to unite youths throughout the world to foster stronger scientific impact in current debates on global issues. Since the protection of our planet requires a fundamental understanding of the earth - our common ground - we encourage young people's innovative ideas and attitudes to approach environmental problems. Members of YPPO collaborate within our network to unleash the potential of local as well as international projects that raise awareness of the critical situation of our environment and develop scientific solutions.

Fabian Schneider, the International Coordinator of YPPO, and Rami Aly, the Chief Administrative Officer, represented the Youth Planet Protector Organisation at the annual biodiversity congress. Over 180 youths and students participated to share their knowledge, passion and projects and to lern more a...
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Is Youth Really Derailing?
28. June 2018 at 21:55
by Zirgham Hamid Zaki
The Youth isn’t derailing from the mainstream rather it’s the mainstream which has changed its course. Calling Youth Derailed is a Sin and if I talk about it from the legal point of view, it is a Libel on human nature of Indian Youth.
Youth in any country form its backbone. It is on the Youth’s shoulder that the responsibility for change, progress and innovations lies. In a country where more than 40% of the population constitutes Youth, it become very important for that country to understand the turbulence he is facing alongside the achievements. In that context, an inevitable question stuck to our mind “Is Youth really Derailing?”. The answer is dissenting and in negative. The Youth isn’t derailing from the mainstream rather it’s the mainstream which has changed its course. Calling Youth Derailed is a Sin and if I talk about it from the legal point of view, it is a Libel on human nature of Indian Youth.

Mainstream mostly contains elder generation. Problems like Corruption, decline in moral values, decline in national character etc. ...
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The Dead of Dawn
27. June 2018 at 21:37
by Zyra Cabugayan
"...But from the corner of my eye, one of the policemen in the living room held my gaze. He shoved a thumb in the direction of our neighbor and mouthed, 'Huwag tularan.' Do not emulate..."
The screaming started early in the morning, around four or five o’clock. I was about to get out of bed and look through the windows, but my mother held me tight, telling me to stay. It was dark. All other senses drowned, the screams rang deafeaningly clear. “Stop, what are you doing to him?” “He didn’t do anything wrong!” “You dare stand against an officer of the law?!” Shortly, there was a pounding on our door. My mother laid frozen next to me, reluctant, but as soon as a voice called and explained that he was a policeman, she threw the covers and went downstairs.

I followed her to the living room, which a group of policemen had already taken over. They were big, bulky, ugly men with fierce and angry eyes, and they were talking, huddling over themselves. One of them was exchanging a few ...
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Story of my Second Toothpaste!
27. June 2018 at 21:05
by Omkareshwar Jha
Well again an artificial day. Scheduled, systematic and planned. Buss bus kahhh , brushing my teeth is the favourite part of my day. It makes me fresh and alive me for few moments it’s because i look my reflection in the mirror. One great person said – When you consider your every moment ; then you actually live that moment of the life.
Well water is ticking tip….tap….tip. Well in modern life we usually ask a question “why don’t I get sometime for what I wann do , we complain about our artificial life”! But at the end of the day when i again look into the mirror myself I get myself back again and that’s because of my second tooth-paste. Well small things create big changes in our mood. I generally am a moody but also ask a question am I real does it drive me or I have some manual control of my life.

Everyone having ways to control their life. Living with Passion. Something that drives you and me and all, everyone finds that somehow and somewhere. Well what drives me is the time I spend with my second tooth-paste. Well it takes me out from every level of stress and my building blocks of reference and make me alive.

Disaster &nd...
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Ecumenical Brothers
26. June 2018 at 20:15
by Nithin V Rajan
Reading through the first book of the Bible, from chapters 25 to the end, we see the history of the twin brothers. Genesis 25:21 records “Because Rebecca had no children, Isaac prayed to the lord for her” God answered their prayer with a bonus of twin boy babies.
The first one was reddish and hairy, and so he named Esau. The second one was born holding tightly to the heel of Esau and was hence named Jacob. Right from the birth of Jacob till his middle age, he always pulled the legs of his brother Esau. Initially, Jacob took over Esau’s birth right in exchange for food to quench hunger. Later on, when Isaac, their father was old, he called Esau and told him to cook him some food so that he could bless him and die. Rebecca, their mother who had a soft corner for Jacob, overheard the words of Isaac. As Isaac was blind due to old age, he could not make out by sight. He hence used his sense of touch. Jacob cunningly exploited this opportunity to deceive his father. He ended receiving his father’s blessings instead of his brother. Esau was left without any blessing. Above all, he becomes sec...
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