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What role does spirituality play in leadership? It makes the leader whole and fill the hole in the whole of the organization
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Education: What hasn't changed in 20 years

Education: What hasn't changed in 20 years | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Twenty years ago I taught. Now I'm teaching again. And, man, things have changed!It used to be that students had to respect the teacher. Now it is the teacher that has to respect the students.What ...
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It says it all in few words. If you are not this for the love of kids, you are in the wrong profession.

 

I know one "educator" who told us that their objective was to get out of the classroom as fast as they could and become a presenter. That has been done. Now people curate their blog entries and attend presentations by this person, but at least they are not in the classroom any longer.

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Teachers: 10 Tips for Slowing Down

Teachers: 10 Tips for Slowing Down | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Elena Aguilar shares ten tips to help teachers take a break and a breath much more often.

Via Dean J. Fusto
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These are all good ideas. I started taking an occasional day off towards end and felt good afterwards.

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17 Daily Affirmations for Managers

17 Daily Affirmations for Managers | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Apply each daily, at work, and your productivity will increase and your work will improve.

Via Don Cloud, Bobby Dillard, Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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These are great. A person could use each one three times during the year. The key is living up to them. Leadership is about people. When a leader affirms this is it present in their dealings with people?

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Don Cloud's curator insight, November 8, 2013 6:59 AM

17 useful leadership tips.  I particularly like #3.

John Michel's curator insight, November 10, 2013 8:22 AM

No matter how much pressure you’re under, or how tough a day you’ve had, always remember to take the time to step back from the grind and look at the good stuff. 

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How I'm Trying To Practice Mindfulness in 2014: Are You Mindful About What You Eat?

How I'm Trying To Practice Mindfulness in 2014: Are You Mindful About What You Eat? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
I promised myself that in 2014 I'd become more mindful of everything I do in my life by nurturing the ability to focus and be more aware of how I spend my time.

Via craig daniels
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The tea cup is a symbolic for me. It is not the tea that is important in mindfulness., although it is, it is the time to sit and just be with that tea that is essential and life giving.

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Toast to Teachers.

Toast to Teachers. | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
 Treehorn Express  Happy New School Year to all Teachers Down Under; and warmest wishes to those Up Over. TEACHERS Rupert McCall While Teachers have been dramatically devalued and shamefully used b...
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Teachers are often forgotten. Their voices are subdued and silenced in the rush to change what they do.

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Just fifteen minutes of mindfulness meditation can improve your decision making

Just fifteen minutes of mindfulness meditation can improve your decision making | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Via craig daniels
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What would this do for teachers and students?

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craig daniels's curator insight, January 18, 2014 1:04 PM

"Do you have an expensive but uncomfortable pair of shoes or jeans at the back of your cupboard that you never ever wear, but you simply cannot throw away because to do so would be to admit defeat and recognise that you wasted a lot of money? If so, you are suffering from the sunk-cost bias or fallacy."

Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, January 19, 2014 2:33 PM

Have you tried this before? You should! :-)

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Meditation complements Education » Nalanda Buddhist Society

Meditation complements Education » Nalanda Buddhist Society | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
One of the first lessons for the students at Nalanda Free School is “Mindful Meditation”. Teachers and students start their lessons with 5 to 10 minutes of observing their breath with mindful awareness.
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It does.

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Case Study: Emotional Intelligence Improves Leadership at ...

Case Study: Emotional Intelligence Improves Leadership at ... | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
In LEAD1, the new managers focus on how emotional intelligence will assist them to show up as leaders by managing themselves first, taking charge of their own emotions and behaviors so they can be effective role models ...

Via Roy Sheneman, PhD
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There has been a theme in this evening's curation: mindful behaviours.

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, January 17, 2014 1:57 PM

Interesting results that give credence to the EI movement and its formal adaptation to the business world...

Cruise Line Class's curator insight, January 17, 2014 2:17 PM

Thank you Roy for sharing this case study!!!

 

We are being judged by a whole different scorecard as leaders. 

 

As you have heard me say before:  Emotional Intelligence is not about being warm and fuzzy and nice all of the time...it is about being intelligent with one's emotions.  It involves being aware of who you are as a leader and understanding how you are hard-wired so that you can manage your responses, build relationships, and achieve greater individual and collaborative responses.

 

It has little to do with one's title or about being the boss -- it has everything to do about connecting, communicating, and influencing.  People follow you not because they have to; however, because they want to.

 

When leaders invest their time and energy on Emotional Intelligence they will see observable improvements on relationships, effectiveness, decision-making, and communication. 

 

 

Graeme Reid's curator insight, January 19, 2014 6:56 PM

Fed Ex introduced a leadership development programme that delivered positive results.  A blended training programme based on emotional intelligence with specific coaching for 6 months on chosen areas for improvement proved very successful. 

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​What Is "Mindfulness," and Why Is Everyone Talking About It? - Lifehacker

​What Is "Mindfulness," and Why Is Everyone Talking About It? - Lifehacker | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Mindfulness is a hot topic these days, just like meditation. As you've noticed, it's getting more attention in the news as more studies come out showing the benefits of mindfulness. While it might sound like a New Age-y term (or maybe even psychobabble to some), there's real evidence that being more mindful can enhance just about every aspect of your life—and it doesn't take hours sitting in lotus position to get there. Here's what you need to know.


Via Melanie Greenberg, davemonro1, Bobby Dillard
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This is a great article featuring two people who have done research: Ellen Langer and Jon Kabat-Zinn.

 

It is definitely not new age and is hard work. It is something we should find ways to develop through meditation and yoga in our schools.

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Melanie Greenberg's curator insight, January 16, 2014 9:06 PM

Mindfulness is oth a practice and a state of mind.

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Susan Kaiser Greenland - Meditation is simple but not always easy.

Susan Kaiser Greenland - Meditation is simple but not always easy. | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
There’s no such thing as success or failure in meditation.
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This is a very straightfoward explanation of mindfulness and some ideas to help with a meditative practice. Although I meditate, I learned something. I focus on my breath, but have never counted breaths. I will try that next time I find my monkey mind chattering more than normal during meditation.

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elearnspace › The vulnerability of learning

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Learning can never be efficient. It has to be messy, non-linear, and chaotic. It is on those shorelines we advance and learn, but we need to be vulnerable to find those shorelines.

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The 3 Things All Humans Crave and How to Motivate Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere

The 3 Things All Humans Crave and How to Motivate Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Abraham Maslow was right: Once we have food and shelter -- but before we can seek self-actualisation we must feel safety, belonging, and mattering. Without these three essential keys a person cannot perform, innovate, be emotionally engaged, agree,

or move forward.

 

What do you think? 1. Safety, 2. Belonging, 3. Mattering, 4. Mattering. Sure, 1-4 could crave all three, but it’s helpful to look at what is most essential, and then to provide that. You’ll get results faster.


Via The Learning Factor
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I read Maslow' on Management which is not a well-known book, but it is a great read which built on Maslow's thinking and put it into a leadership and organizational context.

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, January 14, 2014 5:49 PM

Safety, belonging, and mattering are essential to your brain and your ability to perform at work, at home, and in life overall. The more we have of them the greater the success of the company, the relationship, the family, the team, the individual.

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Why you should seek quiet everyday

Why you should seek quiet everyday | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Every day around 3pm, my brain gets weary. I've tried numerous techniques to counter this challenge: coffee (especially when McDonald's is giving away free smalls), splashing cold water on my face, surfing around online, snacking.


Via Vilma Bonilla
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We need those few moments each day that help us rejuvenate and find our way forward again.

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Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, January 10, 2014 10:04 PM

I personally love and seek moments of solitude. ~ V.B.

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teaching Teachers mindfulness

teaching Teachers mindfulness | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly alive, pr...
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This is a great post with a great video. The line about imagining children developing energy reminded me of John Lennon's song Imagine.

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What Is Authentic Leadership? Do You Have It?

What Is Authentic Leadership? Do You Have It? | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Here are the four components of Authentic Leadership. Which Do You Possess?

Via george_reed
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Makes some connections to servant-leadership.

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george_reed's curator insight, January 22, 2014 10:58 PM

Ron Riggio always provides valuable insights about leadership that can be found at his blog in Psychology Today. 

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Mindful Culture through Simple Exercises

Mindful Culture through Simple Exercises | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

When we started our first restaurant in 2004, our goal was to create a place where people wanted to not just eat but also to work. Just like Southwest Airlines or Starbucks, we recognized that a happy staff means happy customers and a more productive, profitable business. But what would this employee-centric vision look like in practice?


Via David Hain
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Servant-leadership and mindfulness are fully compatible. They both focus on many of the same core traits: listening, awareness, and helping others grow.

 

One would think these two would be evident in education.

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David Hain's curator insight, January 21, 2014 9:57 AM

Boost wellbeing and productivity (& customers!)  with these easy exercises.

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10 Ways Meditation Enhances Creativity - About Meditation

10 Ways Meditation Enhances Creativity - About Meditation | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Here are 10 ways that meditation enhances creativity: improve your painting, writing, singing, dancing, office brainstorming, and all creative endeavors.

Via craig daniels
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Meditation, in any form, is a refreshing break from the pressures of everyday life in the workplace.

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An Overture on Connection

An Overture on Connection | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

There’s connection. And then there’s CONNECTION.Deep, stirring, spine-tingling connection.


Via David Hain
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Connect with your self and with those around you.

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SSW Supports Mission Be's Mindful Education Movement : Sacred ...

SSW Supports Mission Be's Mindful Education Movement : Sacred ... | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Children who practice mindfulness cultivate a genuine sense of personal responsibility for their own well-being as a result of becoming more self-aware and emotionally literate. The simple techniques Mission Be offers ...
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Here is a direction we need to move in more and more. It is the balance we need to the frenetic pace of the world we live and learn in.

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5 Ways Our Brain Sabotages Our Goals (& How to Fight Back)

5 Ways Our Brain Sabotages Our Goals (& How to Fight Back) | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
As wonderful and fascinating as the brain is, it is not always your friend when it comes to achieving goals.

Via Bill Palladino - MLUI, John Michel
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Mindfulness teaches us the things are impermanent so don't become too attached and we need to live in the present moment.

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John Michel's curator insight, January 17, 2014 1:39 PM

Useful tips on how to or event your brain from tripping you up in achieving your goals. 

Angie Mc's curator insight, January 20, 2014 1:48 AM

Engaging in Mindless Busy Work, number 4, is my go-to procrastination. Dang.

Agnes Ng's curator insight, May 9, 2014 3:47 AM

Get to know the 5 ways that our brain can hinder our goals. Read on to know how we can overcome these saboteurs. Once we understand how our brain works, it can help us to better accomplish our goals and feel more fulfilled.

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The Quiet Work of Awareness

The Quiet Work of Awareness | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

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Complexity, mindfulness, and learning are a great combination.

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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, January 17, 2014 3:27 PM

Interesting blog post!

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Low-Income Schools See Big Benefits in Teaching Mindfulness

Low-Income Schools See Big Benefits in Teaching Mindfulness | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Studies of mindfulness programs in schools have found that regular practice — even just a few minutes per day — improves student self-control and increases their classroom participation, respect for others, happiness, optimism, and self-acceptance...

Via Nancy Jones, Lynnette Van Dyke
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Mindfulness is a concept that cannot be underestimated. Children would benefit from meditation, yoga, and other practices which contribute to mindfulness.

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, January 17, 2014 6:06 PM

iIthink this whole idea of mindfulness and focus can also be a benefit and neutralizer from the effect of some much digital activity with automatic feedback.

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How to Let Your Purpose Find You

How to Let Your Purpose Find You | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Finding your purpose is not a phase of life, but a way of living.

Via Chris Shern, David Hain
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Thomas Merton, the Trappist Monk, suggested we call it falling in love, because sometimes it will hurt. Viktor Frankl found deep meaning in his life in the most unlikely place, a concentration camp. Meaning is something that is transcendent and beyond human words. As Martin Heidegger would say, "It has an uncanny feel."

 

Finding purpose and meaning is not achieved through 7 habits, 4 assumptions, and other facile approaches. It is achieved living life mindfully.

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Cruise Line Class's curator insight, January 23, 2014 9:21 AM

Thank you Don for sharing this wonderful article!

 

I completely agree that living with purpose is a way of living.  Knowing your why not only infuses us with a life with passion; however is both the gasoline that runs the engine and the steering wheel (compass) that keeps us living in our intentional direction.

 

 

 

 

Graeme Reid's curator insight, January 29, 2014 6:20 PM

Discovering your purpose is the most important thing you will ever do.

Barbara Kerr's curator insight, January 30, 2014 11:28 AM

"Purpose, like any big love, redeems us."  Thoughtful, provocative article on  finding your purpose. 

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Employees who feel love perform better

Employees who feel love perform better | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

“Love” is a not word you often hear uttered in office hallways or conference rooms. And yet, it has a strong influence on workplace outcomes. The more love co-workers feel at work, the more engaged they are. (Note: Here we’re talking about “companionate love” which is far less intense than romantic love. Companionate love is based on warmth, affection, and connection rather than passion). It may not be surprising that those who perceive greater affection and caring from their colleagues perform better, but few managers focus on building an emotional culture. That’s a mistake.

In our longitudinal study, ”What’s Love Got to Do With It?: The Influence of a Culture of Compassionate Love in the Long-term Care Setting” (forthcoming in Administrative Science Quarterly), surveyed 185 employees, 108 patients, and 42 patient family members at two points in time, 16 months apart, at a large, nonprofit long-term healthcare facility and hospital in the Northeast. Using multiple raters and multiple methods, we explored the influence that emotional culture has on employee, patient, and family outcomes. What we learned demonstrates how important emotional culture is when it comes to employee and client well-being and performance.

Employees who felt they worked in a loving, caring culture reported higher levels of satisfaction and teamwork. They showed up to work more often. Our research also demonstrated that this type of culture related directly to client outcomes, including improved patient mood, quality of life, satisfaction, and fewer trips to the ER.

While this study took place in a long-term care setting ­— which many people might consider biased toward the “emotional” — these findings hold true across industries. We conducted a follow-up study, surveying 3,201 employees in seven different industries from financial services to real estate and the results were the same. People who worked in a culture where they felt free to express affection, tenderness, caring, and compassion for one another­ were more satisfied with their jobs, committed to the organization, and accountable for their performance.

So what does a culture of companionate love look like? Imagine a pair of co-workers collaborating side by side, each day expressing caring and affection towards one another, safeguarding each other’s feelings, showing tenderness and compassion when things don’t go well. Now imagine a workplace that encourages those behaviors from everyone, where managers actively look for ways to create and reinforce close workplace relationships among employees.

Some large, well-known organizations are already leading the pack in creating cultures of companionate love. Whole Foods Market has a set of management principles that begin with “Love” and PepsiCo lists “caring” as its first guiding principle on its website. Zappos also explicitly focuses on caring as part of its values: “We are more than a team though…we are a family. We watch out for each other, care for each other and go above and beyond for each other”.

You might think all this “love business” would be hard for some people. We did, too, before we started this study, but we found love in some unlikely places. For example, we talked with employees at a large aerospace defense contractor who told us about a newly acquired division that had a strong culture of love. Employees there routinely greeted each other with a kiss on the cheek. Visiting executives from the parent company were alarmed to see this gesture, finding it not only inappropriate but possibly an invitation to sexual harassment lawsuits. Although they initially tried to prohibit such displays of affection, ultimately they decided to allow the culture to flourish within the division, simply acknowledging that it was not consistent with the more muted values of the rest of the organization.

Surely not every manager will want to gather his team for a group hug every day (nor would every employee be comfortable with that). But there are many other ways to build an emotional culture of companionate love. We suggest leaders do at least three things.

First, broaden your definition of culture. Instead of focusing on “cognitive culture” — values such as teamwork, results-orientation, or innovation — you might think about how you can cultivate and enrich emotional culture as well. Emotional culture can be based on love or other emotions, such as joy or pride.

Second, pay attention to the emotions you’re expressing to employees every day. Your mood creates a cultural blueprint for the group.

Third, consider how your company policies and practices can foster greater affection, caring, compassion, and tenderness among workers. For example, Cisco CEO John Chambers asked that he be notified within 48 hours if a close member of an employee’s family passed away. At some companies, employees can forego vacation days or organize emergency funds to help fellow employees who are struggling and need help.

Most importantly, though, it is the small moments between coworkers — a warm smile, a kind note, a sympathetic ear — day after day, month after month, that help create and maintain a strong culture of compassionate love and the employee satisfaction, productivity, and client satisfaction that comes with it.


Via Vilma Bonilla
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I step away from the teacher and to being a hockey coach for 35 years. One thing I learned was that players wanted to know someone cared about them. I always tell educators that if it works in hockey; it works in education and many other fields.

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Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, January 14, 2014 3:14 PM

This is true. Emotions matter and kindness and caring shows. ~ V.B.

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Setting Our Default Setting to Calm

Setting Our Default Setting to Calm | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Are we slaves to a Negative Operating System that we don't even know we have?

Are our assumptions and belief systems leading us into conflict situations by blinding us to the truth of a situation?

 

A Conversation with Bob Burg


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This is an interesting and thought-provoking article. it echoed U-Theory for me.
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Amy Melendez's curator insight, January 13, 2014 8:40 AM

During the interview http://bit.ly/1frq3uC , Bob explained that we are the slaves of an operating system that we are not even aware that we have! 


Under the guidance of our unknown operating system, we are likely to distort reality based on what this operating system is making us think!