I didn’t spend any time yesterday worrying about being eaten by a grizzly bear. Or that I would get cholera from the water in my house.
Over time, we’ve built layers of insulation between ourselves and the world.
Shoes make it easier to walk around. We can put one foot in front of the other without constantly scanning for rocks or rusty nails.
This invisible insulation is a form of civilization.
And when it’s unevenly available, it becomes privilege. Just as invisible sometimes, but to make things better, we need to look at it and realize that it’s there and do something.
If other people have shoes, it doesn’t make your shoes less functional. But if they don’t have shoes, then everything else they contribute (to you, to me, to everyone) is going to be different.
We’ve done a shameful job of offering insulation to far too many people. Access to health care. Clean water. Good schools. Freedom of fear from state violence. And the benefit of the doubt, which is easy to overlook. Because it all adds up, every day, for generations.
It’s almost impossible to make a list of all the things I didn’t have to worry about yesterday. We need to work overtime to make that true for more people.
There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world — and they all have different sounds, vocabularies and structures. But do they shape the way we think? Cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky shares examples of language — from an Aboriginal community in Australia that uses cardinal directions instead of left and right to the multiple words for blue in Russian — that suggest the answer is a resounding yes. “The beauty of linguistic diversity is that it reveals to us just how ingenious and how flexible the human mind is,” Boroditsky says. “Human minds have invented not one cognitive universe, but 7,000.”
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Martina Navratilova was once asked, “How do you maintain your focus, physique and sharp game even at the age of 43?”
She gave a humble reply, “The ball doesn’t know how old I am”. You need to stop yourself from stopping yourself.
Every game in life is actually played on a 6 inch ground – the space between your two ears.
We don’t live in bungalows, duplexes or flats. We live in our mind which is an unlimited area.
Life is great when things are sorted and uncluttered there. Keeping the mind messy with hatred growing on the table, regrets piling up in corner, expectations boiling in kitchen, secrets stuffed under the carpet and worries littered everywhere ruins this real home.
The key factor to performing well in life and in every arena, is the ability to control the quality and quantity of your “internal dialogue”.
Performance is potential minus internal interference. Live in peace, not in pieces.
Some legends know and acknowledge the role mind plays and how it determines quality of life.
|WORD OF THE DAY|
|Examples of Abracadabra in a sentence
“The ‘abracadabra!’ was accompanied by a quick puff of smoke from the wand.”
“It seems like a lot of work, but with a little abracadabra we’ll get this garage cleaned out in an afternoon.”
… that today is ET: The Extra-Terrestrial Release Day? On this day in 1982, the world was captivated by this diminutive creature with wrinkled skin and a glowing belly who was stranded on Earth and needs the help of a sensitive little boy. Trivia buffs: TIME Magazine included the fictional alien in its list of candidates for Man of the Year – the first film character to receive that honor.
“Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before.”
— Bonnie Blair
MEA dismisses USCIRF report, says it is biased
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11 June 2020 Issue No: 273
As PhD enrolment in Africa increases, the need to ensure the quality of PhDs is becoming urgent. In this regard, promising developments in East Africa and South Africa offer a foundation upon which to forge a regional approach for use by quality assurance agencies across the continent.
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Educational developers are in a good position to act as ‘shock absorbers’ against attempts to impose a standardisation of teaching and learning and corporate models of change that focus on competition and ‘choice’ in education rather than improving teacher confidence, autonomy and curiosity.
AAP Public Dialogue #5
Coping with Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19 in Higher Education
Responses and Lessons Learned
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While Nigeria has recently eased its lockdown restrictions, educational institutions, including universities, have remained closed. The country’s private universities have responded by continuing to develop online learning, while many public universities are waiting for their physical facilities to reopen before restarting services.
The council of the Academy of Science of South Africa has defended the editorial independence of its flagship journal – the South African Journal of Science – and the right of any academic to submit for publication the results of research in the scholarly journal subject to editorial review processes.
Calling all African students. Write a blog about some aspect of your student experience for the University World News-Africa edition.
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Dual purposing partnerships are the way forward for internationalisation of higher education in a post-COVID-19 world, as they mean partners can leverage each other’s resources into something more than each could do on their own. Developing an institutional culture supporting internationalisation is also key.
Leaders need to be guided, intellectually stretched and coached according to the specific contexts they face, not subjected to online generalised packages. Now is the time to set up more business schools emphasising value-generating leadership rather than greater generalised remote learning.
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Special Issue No. 102, 2020 – A Partner of University World News
The coronavirus crisis and the resulting government clampdown on foreigners entering Australia have cut earning capacity and created a revenue crisis for universities that has already left the top eight institutions dangerously exposed and is set to deepen, a new report has found.
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Never have I ever been to a movie on the first day of release.
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|Examples of Beastie in a sentence
“Watch out for beasties trying to invade your picnic!”
“I hate to carry my big camera, so I bring this little beastie in my purse.”
This day calls on the international community to take effective measures to eradicate forced labor, end modern slavery, and put a stop to human trafficking.
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This short film by Refinery29 explores the child labor that goes into procuring ingredients for makeup and how it affects them.