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  • Dana Khalili

    Dana Khalili asked in Humanities 26th Dec '18:

    Are we propagating the status quo by being realistic and reactive, Or should we unplug ourselves from the matrix and create our own reality by being proactive to circumstances and events in our lives?
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  • asked in Personal Wellness 4th Nov '18:

    What criteria should one rely on, when choosing which battles to address?.

    Dana Khalili replied 8th Nov '18:

    From my personal experience, there is no one answer or correct answer, but I will share what worked best for me. Resolve battles within you before you attempt anything else. Once you do, you won't feel the need to address them. The charge within us is what's creating the battles. Once you feel it you'll be able to release it. As a result, the battle will either disappear or will become too insignificant to address.
    You can also be patient and wait, usually battles resolve themselves by the time you attempt to do anything about them.

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  • asked in Humanities 22nd Apr '18:

    Please share an example of how religion enhanced artistic creativity?.

    Dana Khalili replied 13th Sep '18:

    We can safely say yes. It is enough to look at the Islamic architecture and art which focused on the exploration of geometric patterns especially in mosques. On the other hand the works of Michelangelo and Leonardo DaVinci in renaissance Europe were testimonies to the impact of the religious environment on art hence the depiction of prophets, angels and gods and demons. Hindus depicted their many gods with great statues, colourful paintings, elaborate shrines and music all of which constitute art and influenced the direction of the nation's culture.

    Cathedrals, shrines and grand mosques were built in honor of a god the people worship and as an expression of the grandiose nature of those religions and the religious state.

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  • asked in Humanities 29th Aug '18:

    How should we reconcile between those that believe and those that know the truth?.

    Dana Khalili replied 30th Aug '18:

    Ultimately truth is a belief. What one believes for themselves becomes their truth. This means that truth is not a readily-defined constant, but is instead relative to each person. Those who re-examine their truths - that is their own belief systems - to identify if truths are still relevant or merely a product of previous conditioning, are those that grow and evolve.

    Therefore, if we accept that any truth is just a belief from someone's perspective, then we can reconcile truth and belief because we know that they are in fact one and the same.

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  • Richa

    Richa asked in Personal Wellness 28th Aug '18:

    How to keep ourselves away from negative thoughts?

    Dana Khalili replied 30th Aug '18:

    Negative thoughts are simply a story that we make up; they are not real. Therefore feeding those thoughts with emotion only perpetuates those thoughts and is not useful. Instead, its better to recognise each negative thought as fiction and consider its true source- conditions we absorbed subconsciously growing up from society, our friends or family. Knowing that negative thoughts are based in something we did not create, nor had control over allows us to be more kind to ourselves.

    Another thing to remember is that while bad, painful or even tragic circumstances happen to everyone in life, we always have the power to choose how we respond and experience that event. Someone close to you may no longer be in your life, but you can choose to dwell on the loss, or remember the good times you had and be grateful. Gratitude is a powerful tool to counteract negative thoughts.

    Finally, meditating regularly even for five minutes a day to clear your mind gives your brain a break from all the negative thoughts and this respite allows it to rejuvenate and recover. With a rejuvenated brain you will be better able to counter negative thoughts in the future as they arise.

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  • asked in Humanities 15th Mar '18:

    How do you feel towards the theory of existentialism; how does it intrigue you?.

    Dana Khalili replied 5th Apr '18:

    Existentialism is simply an essential part of humanity's survival strategy as a species. It counter-balances the original competition for resources, land, and increasingly complex innovation and technology. Existentialists act as free agents to advance their own interests but by doing so may also advance the species interests. It is the intersection of these interests that is intriguing.

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  • asked in Performing Arts 18th Jan '18:

    How do you feel about the notion, that the best writers write from the point of view of the audience?.

    Dana Khalili replied 4th Apr '18:

    Not always. The best writers are the ones who open the eyes of their audiences to ideas and concepts they never knew existed. They show their audience a new world of new perspectives on their world and give it authenticity by driving emotional connection to the writing. In this way actually the best writers write from their point of view and do so well enough that the audience adopts that view as their own.

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  • asked in Natural Sciences 21st Nov '17:

    Since Einstein, we have not learned of a new genius!. Therefore, what should constitute a modern day genius?.

    Dana Khalili replied 12th Feb '18:

    The human brain is now functioning as augmented by computers and genius is no longer considered an individual or even a fully human proposition. Studies show that Google, far from making us stupid, is actually making us smarter than ever imagined. Slowly, we’re moving our individual brains into the cloud, enabling us to know more, experience more and remember more. The youngest generation, which grew up with all this technology, already knows that they do not actually have to learn anything - they just have to know where to find it in the cloud. People are about 20 IQ points smarter now because of Google Search. It's one reason people get so upset if the tools are inaccurate or let them down. They feel like a fifth of their brain has been taken out.

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  • asked in Humanities 28th Nov '17:

    The advice to "know thyself", does it refer to eventually accepting your self?.

    Dana Khalili replied 24th Jan '18:

    In order to accept others one has to accept oneself, and in many ways accepting oneself is harder.  This is because to know oneself is a lifetime's work in which one must become aware of the good, the bad and the ugly.
    One has to grow enough as a person to be able to accept the experiences for what they have contributed to the tapestry of their life, and then transcend those events to experience anew and grow further. Transcending these experiences is a life's journey however because one does it, not by will, but through attention. That is true awareness, in my opinion. 

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  • asked in Environment 27th Dec '17:

    Is it a fair statement, that we should build a global society, where it is the absolute responsibility of each one of us to take care of the other?.

    Dana Khalili replied 24th Jan '18:

    Globalization refers to a growing integration between nations, on the economic, societal and cultural levels.  Conversely, growing inter-relations is the method but the end result is the unified feel of a small village. 
    While the facade sounds ideal, such merging of communities and unification can in fact turn into homogenization, in which one global society eliminates cultural uniqueness, economic independence etc. That is, even though globalization seems to shift agency unto each individual to take responsibility for the other, what it does on the ground is different. For example, imposing one model of freedom as the absolute model and dismissing differences because of this oneness is not necessarily "freeing" for each individual. The West falsely suggests that a certain dress code for women is the proof of freedom while other societies that choose to be reserved are necessarily oppressed. Economically speaking, an agricultural multi national company is said to lift up developing countries while it smashes primitive forms of agriculture of developing countries in the process (e.g. Monsanto). Globalization and individual responsibility are two different things.

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