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syn·chro·ny/ˈsiNGkrənē/ synchrony

  1. 1. simultaneous action, development, or occurrence.
    • the state of operating or developing according to the same time scale as something else.”some individuals do not remain in synchrony with the twenty-four-hour day”
  2. 2. synchronic treatment or study.”the structuralist distinction between synchrony and diachrony”

“Make a concerted effort in everything that you pursue or attempt.”
― Steven Redhead, Life Is a Dance

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“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
― Buckminster Fuller

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progress
noun
a movement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage
developmental activity in science, technology, etc., especially with reference to the commercial opportunities created thereby or to the promotion of the material well-being of the public through the goods, techniques, or facilities created.
advancement in general.
growth or development; continuous improvement
verb
to go forward or onward in space or time
to grow or develop, as in complexity, scope, or severity; advance

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reconciliation

1. the restoration of friendly relations.

2. the action of making one view or belief compatible with another.

3. the action of making financial accounts consistent; harmonization.

“Redemption leads to reconciliation.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

Lailah Gifty Akita is a Ghanaian and founder of Smart Youth Volunteers Foundation. She obtained a BSc in Renewable Natural Resources Management at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi-Ghana. She also had MPhil in Oceanography at the University of Ghana. She obtained a doctorate in Geosciences at International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles-Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany ( June 2011 to March 2016). Lailah is an influential lady with the passion of empowering the mind of young people to make a great difference.

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“There’s never been a true war that wasn’t fought between two sets of people who were certain they were in the right. The really dangerous people believe they are doing whatever they are doing solely and only because it is without question the right thing to do. And that is what makes them dangerous.”
― Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Concept of ambitiousness, careerism. A golden egg walks through heads the white eggs.

righteous

adjective

  1. 1. (of a person or conduct) morally right or justifiable; virtuous. “feelings of righteous indignation about pay and conditions”
  2. very good; excellent. “righteous bread pudding”

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integrity

1 : firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : incorruptibility
2 : an unimpaired condition : soundness
3 : the quality or state of being complete or undivided : completeness

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“Don’t assume, ask. Be kind. Tell the truth. Don’t say anything you can’t stand behind fully. Have integrity. Tell people how you feel.” ― Warsan Shire

Warsan Shire Photo by Amaal Said

Warsan Shire is a 24 year old Kenyan-born Somali poet, writer and educator based in London. Born in 1988, Warsan has read her work extensively all over Britain and internationally – including recent readings in South Africa, Italy, Germany, Canada, North America and Kenya- and her début book, ‘TEACHING MY MOTHER HOW TO GIVE BIRTH’ (flipped eye), was published in 2011. Her poems have been published in Wasafiri, Magma and Poetry Review and in the anthology ‘The Salt Book of Younger Poets’ (Salt, 2011). She is the current poetry editor at SPOOK magazine. In 2012 she represented Somalia at the Poetry Parnassus, the festival of the world poets at the Southbank, London. She is a Complete Works II poet. Her poetry has been translated into Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. Warsan is also the unanimous winner of the 2013 Inaugural Brunel University African Poetry Prize.

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mind·ful·ness

/ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/ noun: mindfulness

  1. 1. the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.”their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition”
  2. 2. a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” – Thich Nhat Hanh.

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“Feelings, whether of compassion or irritation, should be welcomed, recognized, and treated on an absolutely equal basis; because both are ourselves. The tangerine I am eating is me. The mustard greens I am planting are me. I plant with all my heart and mind. I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath. Nothing should be treated more carefully than anything else. In mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard green plant, and teapot are all sacred.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh, The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation

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“And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
― Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”

liberate

set (someone) free from a situation, especially imprisonment or slavery, in which their liberty is severely restricted.

free (a country, city, or people) from enemy occupation.”twelve months earlier Paris had been liberated”

release (someone) from a state or situation that limits freedom of thought or behavior.”the use of computers can liberate students from the constraints of disabilities”

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“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

ac·com·plish·ment

/əˈkämpliSHmənt/

  1. something that has been achieved successfully.”the reduction of inflation was a remarkable accomplishment”
  • the successful achievement of a task.”the accomplishment of planned objectives”
  • an activity that a person can do well, typically as a result of study or practice.”long-distance running was another of her accomplishments”
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“Speak with Integrity. Don’t take anything personal. Don’t make assumptions. Always do your best.”

Don Miguel Ruiz, “The Four Agreements”

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integrity

1 : firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : incorruptibility

2 : an unimpaired condition : soundness

3 : the quality or state of being complete or undivided : completeness

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“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”
― Maya Angelou

resolve noun

Definition of resolve (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : fixity of purpose : resoluteness

2 : something that is resolved

3 : a legal or official determination especially : a formal resolution

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“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”
― Albert Einstein

peace

1 : a state of tranquility or quiet: such as a : freedom from civil disturbance

Peace and order were finally restored in the town. b : a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom a breach of the peace

2 : freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions I have been in perfect peace and contentment— J. H. Newman

3 : harmony in personal relations The sisters are at peace with each other.

4a : a state or period of mutual concord between governments There was a peace of 50 years before war broke out again. b : a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity offered the possibility of a negotiated peace — New York Times

5 —used interjectionally to ask for silence or calm or as a greeting or farewell

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“A puppet is as free as it loves its strings.”

English: Terracotta Ancient Greek dolls. Exhibited in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Room 56. Picture by Giovanni Dall’Orto, November 11 2009.
Date
13 November 2009
Source
Own work
Author
Giovanni Dall’Orto.

puppet

a movable model of a person or animal that is used in entertainment and is typically moved either by strings controlled from above or by a hand inside it.

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“I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them; unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human freedom.”
Noam Chomsky

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“The best things in history are accomplished by people who get tired of being shoved around.”
― Robert A. Heinlein, Have Space Suit—Will Travel

Robert Anson Heinlein (/ˈhaɪnlaɪn/;[2][3][4] July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was an American science fiction author, aeronautical engineer, and naval officer. Sometimes called the “dean of science fiction writers”,[5] he was among the first to emphasize scientific accuracy in his fiction, and was thus a pioneer of the subgenre of hard science fiction. His published works, both fiction and non-fiction, express admiration for competence and emphasize the value of critical thinking.[6] His work continues to have an influence on the science-fiction genre, and on modern culture more generally.

Robert A. Heinlein at the 1976 World Science Fiction Convention
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“The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” – Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell OM FRS (18 May 1872 – 2 February 1970) was a British polymath, philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist, and Nobel laureate. Throughout his life, Russell considered himself a liberal, a socialist and a pacifist, although he sometimes suggested that his sceptical nature had led him to feel that he had “never been any of these things, in any profound sense”. Russell was born in Monmouthshire into one of the most prominent aristocratic families in the United Kingdom.

In the early 20th century, Russell led the British “revolt against idealism”. He is considered one of the founders of analytic philosophy along with his predecessor Gottlob Frege, colleague G. E. Moore and protégé Ludwig Wittgenstein. He is widely held to be one of the 20th century’s premier logicians. With A. N. Whitehead he wrote Principia Mathematica, an attempt to create a logical basis for mathematics, the quintessential work of classical logic. His philosophical essay “On Denoting” has been considered a “paradigm of philosophy”. His work has had a considerable influence on mathematics, logic, set theory, linguistics, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, computer science (see type theory and type system) and philosophy, especially the philosophy of language, epistemology and metaphysics. Read more at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bertrand_Russell