You’ll soon come to the conclusion that,
life after death (near death experiences) is just an “Alternate state of consciousness”– an extreme form of “alternate state of consciousness” – never the less.
I see “the spiritual” as an “extension of science”.
I have built “logical edifice” for the spiritual world – just as scientists have built the “logical edifice” of science.
How do you convince people to Philanthropy or doing things for other?
Ensure they try to “imagine” and “feel” the lives of people, the hardships they go through – for whom you want them to contribute.
When you just “read” – “100 people died of Ebola” – you do not feel anything– you don’t feel the urge to work for them.
But when you “read” the story of how a particular poor girldied of Ebola – how unfortunate she was – you feel it – you have “empathy” – you feel that you have to do something for those people.
When you “see”it for yourself – it works even better.
Everyone has “empathy” inside him / her.
A great novel or movie can make the toughest guy cry – It’s the “feeling” factorin action – the “empathy” – you just have to make sure –
he is watching the movie with full attention, imagining himself as the Protagonist and “feeling” everything that is going on.
Now, if imaginary characters in a movie can make you cry, then a real story of a poor girl – well, needless to say.
This has another lesson for us.
When you look at people around you, usually you focus on the differences – differences in toughness, differences in opinions, differences in values, differences in what drives and motivates them.
But inside, everyone is the same – same feelings, same emotions, same “governing rules” that shape their behavior and character (the subject matter of Psychology and Neuroscience).
Most importantly, if you try – you can change any person – just reprogram his / her emotions and habits and change the perspective from which he / she views the world.
Next time you try to convince people to philanthropy – do not show “Data”, rather show pictures of how a particular person is suffering.
A scientist / Engineer like Bill Gates would always think how his work could have an impact – and to convince someone like him – Data and Technological possibilities would be more fruitful – but even the best Engineer would be motivated if he “feels” what his work means.
This is related to what I was thinking when I read about Larry Page a few days back.
It seems that Page’s working hour is full of scheduled meetings.
He was used to working on intellectually challenging problems – and I am sure he loved it.
Does he know how to find happiness in his current work? Or does it sometimes seem as stressful work?
I know this – because I know that most scientists do not know how to “enjoy” Management work. “Even stupid people can do this!” – they think. “There is nothing gratifying.”
So how does someone like Larry Page enjoy his role as a “Manager”?
Every now and then Page has to take some time off and “feel”the immense impact of his work – “feel”how his work – his “scheduled meetings” – is changing the lives of millions of people. And maybe he has to go back to his teen age days – his dreams at that time – and “feel” whether he has managed to surpass his dreams he had as a teen-ager and if that is the case “feel” really really happy!
And I am sure – Larry Page’s life would be different!
Remember, you are in full control of your own happiness and satisfaction in life.