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'Hafu' draws viewers into world of Japanese identity

'Hafu' draws viewers into world of Japanese identity | Honest Opinions | Scoop.it
'Hafu,' the Japanese term for people who are half-Japanese, takes on a more intricate meaning through the unfolding of mixed-race Japanese lives in the documentary 'Hafu.' Those starring in the ...

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We have many mixed cultures now but glad to know the Japanese term for it.

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Egoism Could Be Your Salvation

Self Help Essay
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EGOISM COULD BE YOUR SALVATION Written By Sara Gardner Blow ©1989 RATIONALISM Egoism is a theory that bases morality on self-interest. This theory is worth investigating if you have spent your life trying to please others and feel that up to now you have failed. Many lives have been spent and ended in despair trying to live up to the expectations of society. The vast ocean of uplifted faces shouting to tell you that you did not do it right, are those who have tried and failed before you. When a person lives under the illusion that he has to follow the guidelines set by others will eventually succumb to being a copy of others. Being an individual and being different is not accepted by society and therefore, we find ourselves fighting against our own desires and needs and succumbing to a false sense of values set by other people for themselves. When we join this segment of society, we are to become just another member and are lost in the multitude. PERFECTION There is no such entity as perfection in man. Yet, he can become as perfect as he can be by following the perfect pattern. A pattern set by the only perfectionist who has walked upon this earth. A man of true convictions believes in himself. He, also, believes in the Creator who made him. He patterns his life as such, a design drawn for him in complete detail. How may a man live with man and be motivated by self? It takes a determined and strong-willed individual. The word "callous" does seem to fit here and is suggested ONLY as a thought to keep in mind, as it goes along with the idea. "The only thing to fear in life is fear itself." This quote has been presented in many different illustrations and to use it here is to capture such a thought and place it in perspective for this reasoning; to achieve perfection, a man must; Believe in God. Believe in yourself. Have no fear of his fellowman. Man cannot destroy man, not even by his own means can a man destroy himself. Great philosophers have predicted man will destroy himself and the world with him. Perhaps that would be true if man belonged to himself, but he doesn't. Man did not create man and therefore, he cannot destroy man. Speaking not in the sense of a race of peoples, but of individuals; yes, a soul can be dominated, ruled by a virtue of destruction created within self. OPINION/JUDGMENT This can bring opinion without a rational process. Always striving to be what others want you to be. Believe this, "what others think of you is not important, only what you think of yourself." To believe in self is what is important, no man can judge you by his standards. To pass judgment, a person must rise above man's standards and that is impossible for there is only one Supreme Being. I do believe in God. That is where I differ with Ayn Rand, to go one step further than he. Declaring to be an atheist, he would not let himself believe there was any perfect being. A belief that man's perfection is within himself is true, for only by being one's own self may a man come to be that mirror of perfect standard which he and he only wants projected. He cares not what other men think of his motives, only that he believes in himself. A creative person may be devastated by cruel, harsh infliction of criticism of that which he has created. His salvation comes from NOT allowing those judgments to touch him. They may only touch his creation. They may in fact, destroy that creation but, they cannot destroy the creator. When a person has created something he knows is perfect, he needs only HIS belief that the creation is just the way he wants it to be. It can be torn down by man, but he knows within himself that the creation was perfect. It can physically be destroyed by others but, will still live within the creator. This allows him to push beyond those limits to far greater boundaries. His success will come in his knowledge that he received complete satisfaction in the making of his object. He felt a great self-worth and delight in putting together a symphony; as indeed he did to be played over and over. Music is created in many different forms, some not for ears to hear, but eyes to see. ACCOMPLISHMENT/SALVATION Accomplishment, reaching the finish line; what does a man live for when this has happened? A true objective is never reached. Accomplishment comes when we reach the end of this life. Success we attain through virtue and that of ourselves, not of others. Motivation is the key. Keep moving, keep going, keep striving and the realm of success is unlimited for you. We have been given that privilege and what we do with it is entirely up to ourselves. No man may add to it or take from it. We might be able to deceive him by letting him think he has depleted or increased our supply of success. We might even allow ourselves to believe the deception that someone is capable of adding to or taking away from our success. However, this is not true our success is what we do. Our soul, our inner self, cannot be taken from us nor added to by any man. Believe in that, it is your salvation! POWER Our country is no more led by a great leader. The leader is a puppet-on-a-string held in the hands of those with public dominance. Public is persuaded by popularity. Popularity is created by influence and influence is bought with money. There is nothing wrong with having money; it is a powerful commodity to have. It buys a person's needs; but, it also buys a person's wants. When a person has all he needs, then goes on to get what he wants; that person becomes dangerous even to himself. Money used in the right ways can do many useful things. It can feed nations, heal sick, build shelters, and clothe peoples provide all the basics. Yet, animals have no money. Are they not provided with the same qualities? Then what does the money do that animals cannot do? It buys power. We all know what power can do; we have all been touched by it in some form or fashion. What does power of man accomplish except for destruction? Yes, read and listen to the news media, those tools of public influence. Are they used to applaud the abilities of a man, or aren't they used to show you the sorted, wickedness of a man's past? When politicians are presented to you from the pages of your friendly neighborhood newspaper, what do you read? All the humanitarian accomplishments of this person, or do you read the detrimental shortcomings of a human being. This is true of any person, whether he be politician or anyone. Yet, only in the public stage light do we see these souls bared to scrutiny. Why, because that is the way of man to be influenced by others. We need not see for ourselves and form our own opinions; we take from others and therefore do not have to assume the guilt in any future realization that those opinions were not necessarily the correct ones. We did not write the statement, we only read it and assumed it was correct at the time. Then time marches on and reveals to us the mistake and we accept it in stride because it was not our opinion in the first place. We have still kept our noses clean. The impudence of man! CLIMBING THE LADDER OF SUCCESS What a man will do to hang on to his little role in life. I have seen them bow to the lowest slime on earth, just to keep that $35,000 - a year job; kiss the toes of fools just to receive a good score on job performance; spread a banquet table for an insolent supervisor to set a good record in the course of a year's work spent in total inactivity of hours on hours snoozing behind a desk. (There was nothing to do!) I have often wondered what sense of accomplishment that person felt within himself. I have come to realize that person needs no sense of accomplishment. He needs only the acceptance of others and he is totally satisfied. Is this person is a failure? Perhaps he is, perhaps not he is not. If he has received satisfaction in pleasing someone else and that was his goal then success has been achieved. This is mediocre and sadly a major part of our society. BARE YOUR SOUL Have you ever stood, naked? Oh, not in the sense of naked body, but your soul on display? It is easy to be defeated, momentarily. But, through that defeat you can rise above it and have the shackles cast from your eyes to see your own imperfection. Only in this way can you overcome. To regain that belief in one's self is never to have lost it. It is only a momentary detour from the route of achievement to a path of destruction by others. What is your career? What is your main objective in life? Have you set those standards by which you shall accomplish those goals? ACHIEVEMENT? Can you rise to the level of the standard you set for yourself? Can you rise to the top, achieve a very high standard and then discover you are not happy? Then at the height of this achievement be knocked from the pedestal by your own doing. Could it be that something inside you was crying out that you be rescued from this hell you had allowed yourself to enter. If this has happened to you then you owe gratitude to those who believe they broke you. You can laugh in their faces at the plight of how they were used as tools to conquer the monster which was destroying your ability to be creative. They who thought they were breaking an insolent, egotistical, strong-willed individual only helped thrust you forward to better things. Society as a whole never accepts individuality. Yet, it can help you realize you do not need to be accepted to belong. Those who are influenced and dominated by others, tempered by a growth of standards set by affluence, power, and politics – those synonymous with one anther. This is society that accepts success only by monetary gain. An important factor, of course, who is going to believe a homeless person is a success? Yet, how can we determine that they are not. What about the “ragpicker” in Og Mandino’s book “The Greatest Miracle in the World”? “Fictitious”, you say, of course, but didn’t you love the character? Success is within you and what makes you feel good about yourself. Do you judge a man's success by his status in life? How did he arrive at that place? How many people did he step or shove out of the way to get to the top? Did he get there on his own merit or through the opinions of others? Look at a person whom you admire very much and dissect that soul. What do you see? Can you see it, can you ever know what motivated that person to get to the top. A successful business man or woman, a president of a nation, a famous religious personality, an actor or actress of great acclaim; whom do you hold in great esteem or admiration? Would you want to be that person or someone like them - or, would you rather to be yourself, motivated from within your own self. Be in touch with inner feelings. Be able to sense feelings of others as yourself. Do not blend with that gray sea of people out there relying upon others for accomplishment. Be a compassionate, sensitive being, be yourself. Can you judge a man from within? Can you go beyond his outward appearance and artificial actions to those which "make him tick"? Can you look over and above the influence of others and see that person as himself? WE HAVE CHOICES Our nation stands at a crossroads of paths to success or failure. That path of success must come from within each of us. For, there lies within the soul of man, a set of true values. Those values must be brought to light and the only way to bring them out is to look inward and draw from that strength. Good can prevail over evil. We can start a revolution that will influence our leaders into action to bring about a forceful aid to our country and stop this destruction. Instead of superficial acts of "doing good" just to list on paper the amount of money being spent in defense of such powerful enemies as drugs, our leaders need to take action. Our so called `war on drugs' is a slapstick comedy and the face being slapped is our own. Where is the consciousness of those lawmakers allowing this to take place? Do they not realize they are bringing about the destructive force to defeat their own children, grandchildren and future generations? Yes we are letting this happen. However, there is hope. YOU CAN CHANGE THINGS Let's join forces across this great nation and spread throughout the world in a sincere effort to cleanse our political system for our own protection. The people we elect to run our country, the ones we send to Washington and around the world, those we choose to make our law and rules, must look inward. They must find morality again, find that inner strength of purity and fight for what is right in our life today and that of generations to come. Let's remove those shams of servitude, the blood-sapping evil power seekers and transform them into persons of true value. We can make them seek, search and strive to attain from within themselves the gift lying silent within most of us; a power greater than any ever imagined by forces of evil, and it is there within each of us. We must find it now. We must act now. Not all evil persons can ever be removed, but we must make them a minority. We must take up our weapons and “slay the dragon”. There is a yearning for belief, for guidance from our Master. Forces are falling in place that are causing a movement to gain further knowledge and a closer relationship to the celestial. Now is the time for unification. We must each be strong and draw from our well of never-ending resources. Yes, it is now up to you. YOU can do it. God believes in you, do you believe in yourself? ###
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Sarah Sanders loses it, viciously attacks heroic mayor in breathless 60-second rant

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The White House press secretary came prepared to attack the mayor of San Juan, who dared criticize Trump's disastrous response in Puerto Rico.

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How can they have the audacity to critize a woman in tears wading in water to help her people. While her people are helping each other but need quicker response from American government. 

 

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Mums Are Shining

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Sharing pictures of my flowers
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Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday Jesus!!

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Happy Birthday Jesus!! What Christmas is all about!!
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Selling a lot of these lately!!  

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Cucumber Yogurt Sauce With Garlic and Herbs - STLtoday.com

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“Cucumber Yogurt Sauce With Garlic and Herbs STLtoday.com Put the squeezed cucumber mixture into a bowl. Stir in the labneh and herbs until well-mixed. Refrigerate up to 2 days. Stir well before serving.”

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This sounds pretty good, think I will try  it.

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10 Things You Need To Know About Crazy Ants

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The tawny crazy ant is causing nightmares for garden centers and homeowners in Texas and the Southeast.

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Time to learn more about these...

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Sara 's Books and Publications Spotlight

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As we all hunker down, Lulu wanted to share the warmth with free mail shipping on all orders for the next three days with code 6MOREWEEKS. If you’re unsure what to read, be sure to check out some of our favorites at www.Lulu.com/spotlight/sara0401


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What is the Significance of Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme?

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Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. We've all heard the song, but do we know the meaning behind the words? Herbs were much more than seasonings for food in medieval times and it is an interesting jo...
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Great article on the benefits of these herbs!

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How to Remake Your Hens and Chicks

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As Sempervivum usually only live two to three years, then flower, you're best to keep only the younger plants that will most likely produce chicks for another year before flowering.

 

Follow the photo-link to find out how to successfully raise these beauties.


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For those who have questions as to whether they die after blooming.  The mother plant probably will but the chicks will keep on going.

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The Plight of the Honeybee

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So what's killing the honeybees? Pesticides — including a new class called neonicotinoids — seem to be harming bees even at what should be safe levels. Biological threats like the Varroa mite are killing off colonies directly and spreading deadly diseases. As our farms become monocultures of commodity crops like wheat and corn — plants that provide little pollen for foraging bees — honeybees are literally starving to death. If we don't do something, there may not be enough honeybees to meet the pollination demands for valuable crops. But more than that, in a world where up to 100,000 species go extinct each year, the vanishing honeybee could be the herald of a permanently diminished planet.

 

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I wish we did not have to use pesticides for any reason.

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Thomas Paul Mulrooney's curator insight, September 3, 2013 7:48 AM

Supporting bees has become a key priority!

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Birds Photography | Incredible Snaps

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Birds Photography - The only creature in the world without any restriction are birds myself think to be as bird at least at next birth. Birds are feathered, winged, bipedal, endothermic, egg lying vertebrate animals.

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That is incredible!!

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The cover-up begins: Trump admin caught deleting bad news about its Puerto Rico response

The cover-up begins: Trump admin caught deleting bad news about its Puerto Rico response | Honest Opinions | Scoop.it
Trump's administration only wants people to know the good news about his hurricane response and not information they actually need.

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Watch a Puerto Rican woman shame Pence for Trump’s ridiculous hurricane trip

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Pence had nothing but platitudes and awkward hugs to offer the people suffering under his boss's neglect and callousness.

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Health Problems Discussions

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Mainly to bring awareness to medical problems that most people have not heard of. This particular section will be based on what is now termed as "Burning Mouth Syndrome".
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Black Swallowtail on Orange Messenger Bag> Butterfly Clothing & Accessories> Express Nature

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Black Swallowtail on Orange Messenger Bag
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Great Christmas gift for Butterfly lovers!!

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How to make butterfly nectar

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Make a quick and simple butterfly nectar recipe to draw butterflies into your garden.

 

Follow the photo-link to discover the recipe.


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This is interesting, I had not thought to use sponges.  Thanks.

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Discover gorgeous Fine art prints. Fast and reliable shipping. 100% satisfaction guarantee.
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A longtime art friend of mine showing his lovely photographs.  

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Dill is Full of Health-Protecting Nutrients

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Dill is an herb that could help in the fight against many illness and health complaints. Here are seven reasons why dill tops the “healthy foods” list.
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Good information!  In the past, I have grown dill mainly to feed the black swallowtail caterpillars,  but I also use it in dishes.  To do both use it for the kitchen and feed the caterpillars of black swallowtails, grow some just for them!  

 

I started raising the butterflies after I discovered they descimated my parsley, dill and cilantro.  That way I can put the caterpillars in a protected environment and still have enough of the plants to use for cooking.  

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A Touch of Glory Canvas Print from Zazzle.com

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Very fast shipping worldwide. Get this A Touch of Glory Canvas Print created by sara0401. Choose your canvas size. A great addition to any space.
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Get 65% off today on any size!!  This is an outstanding graphic and will brighten any wall!!  Great gift idea also!!

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Making a wood chip mushroom garden

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A mushroom garden is a low cost, DIY way to increase the diversity of your home-grown produce, as well as your overall resilience. It’s also surprisingly simple to do, once you understand the basics of how and why.

 

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Mushrooms are so interesting,might be a good one to try.

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Thomas Paul Mulrooney's curator insight, September 3, 2013 7:47 AM

I've never tried growing mushrooms myself, so this is definitely something I'm going to give a shot!

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Two Guilford Women Sentenced In 'Gifting Table' Scheme

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A federal judge sentenced the head of a "gifting table" pyramid scheme to 6 years in prison Tuesday and her accomplice to 4½ years.
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Beware the "gifting/blessings" schemes.

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UPDATE: After Claiming It Was Interested In ‘Building A Network That Ticks,’ ‘CashCropCycler’ Appears to Be DOA; ‘NEOMutual’ Also Appears To Have Gone Missing After ‘Crowdfunding’ Claims

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 “Those investors who receive compensation for soliciting other investors may themselves be subject to the licensing and anti-fraud provisions of state and federal securities laws.”

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Great Dishes and Easy Cooking!

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Rosemary Pork Rollups after cooking.
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Fixed these last night and they were delicious!!  For the recipe and before and after, visit my Pinterest boards.

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