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On March 11, 2011 our family in Japan suffered from an unimaginable natural disaster. On March 14, 2011 the suffering continues. Such adversity teaches humanity in ways that prosperity never can. Reporting these truths is the 'call of duty' of our E-Vichara/Electronic Reflections...
E-Vichara/Electronic Reflections (March 14, 2011) --- Teachings through Tragedy
* Mother Nature's strength is unparalleled - humanity can never ever create what Mother Nature can (i.e. Niagara Falls, Great Barrier Reef, Mount Everest, etc.)
* Again, Mother Nature's strength is unparalleled - humanity can never ever destroy what Mother Nature can (i.e. through earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, etc.)
* Regardless of how we might try to prevent and prepare our creations (i.e. buildings, roads, ports, etc.) from Her strength, if Mother Nature wishes creation/destruction, we can do nothing - let us acknowledge, accept and appreciate the forces of Nature
* When one is thirsty, cold, tired, how trivial do matters of the world become (i.e. Dow Jones Industrial Average, Libyan political struggles, E-Vicharas, etc.) - knowing this, we should do whatever it takes to feed, shelter, comfort our struggling family for sympathy does not serve the world, empathy does
* For those unable to physically serve our aching brothers and sisters, sincerely support those able to provide fundamental necessities (i.e governments, service organizations, empowered and expert citizens, etc.) - for those unable to physically serve our aching brothers and sisters, pray passionately to the One who can truly provide
* In times of great despair, people tend to forget their differences and help without question - sad how tragedy is needed before unity is wanted
As we think about those in need during emergency situations, let us also think about ourselves during daily affairs. Have you taken the Triple Filter Test...
In ancient Greece, Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom. One day a friend ran up to him excitedly and said, "Socrates, do you know what I just heard about Diogenes?"
"Wait a moment," Socrates replied. "Before you tell me I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Triple Filter Test."
"Triple filter?" asked the friend.
"That's right," Socrates continued. "Before you talk to me about Diogenes, let's take a moment to filter what you're going to say. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?"
"No," the man said. "Actually I just heard about it."
"All right," said Socrates. "So you don't really know if it's true or not. Now let's try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about Diogenes something good?"
"No, on the contrary..."
"So," Socrates continued, "You want to tell me something about Diogenes that may be bad, even though you're not certain it's true?"
The man became embarrassed. Socrates continued, "You may still pass the test though, because there is a third filter, the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about Diogenes going to be useful to me?"
"No, not really."
"Well," concluded Socrates, "If what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even useful, why tell it to me or anyone at all?"
The man was confused and ashamed.
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"Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action." --- Peter F. Drucker