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THERE are 20m refugees worldwide, most of them children. Some 1.6m Syrians live in Lebanon; even more in Turkey. Humanitarian agencies struggle to meet their basic needs. In July the World Food Programme (WFP) cut assistance to refugees across the Middle East, saying that its regional operation was 81% underfunded. One way to make scarce aid money go further, argues a report* released this month by the Overseas Development Institute and the Centre for Global Development (CGD), two think-tanks, is for donors to give less in kind and more in cash.

The Economist

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A kind of mind

The universe, then, consists entirely of mind-stuff

Kingdon Clifford


Sound exists, but Tantra says sound can exist only because of silence; otherwise sound will be impossible. Silence is anti-sound. So wherever there is sound, just behind it there is silence. It cannot exist without silence; it is the other aspect of the same coin. So I utter a word; for example, aum . The more I utter it, just side by side, just behind it is the anti-phenomenon, soundlessness. So if you can use sounds as a technique to enter soundlessness, you will enter meditation. If you can use a word to go beyond words, you will move into meditation. Look at it in this way: mind is the word; meditation is no- mind. Mind is filled with sound and words and thought. Just by the corner is the other extreme – no- mind.

Osho in The Book of the Secrets

Today the term persona has been somewhat accepted into the vocabulary of psychology and contemporary culture. It is used frequently in popular parlance, in newspapers, and in literary theory. It means the person-as-presented, not the person-as-real. The persona is a psychological and social construct adopted for a specific purpose. Jung chose it for his psychological theory because it has to do with playing roles in society. He was interested in how people come to play particular roles, adopt a conventional collective attitude, and represent social and cultural stereotypes rather than assuming and living their own uniqueness. Certainly this is a well-known human trait. It is a kind of mimicry. Jung gave it a name and worked it into his theory of the psyche.

Murray Stein in Jung’s Map of the Soul: An Introduction

It’s easier than ever today to revel in the past, and to do so not just with nostalgia but with accuracy. We document things we didn’t used to document. We take more photos every two minutes than were taken in all of the 19th century. The result isn’t buried in basements or sandwiched away in photo albums, but at our fingertips. With two clicks on my laptop, I can relive important moments from a decade ago: a photo of my mother putting on my high school graduation cap, my college packing list, the 2005 Facebook friend requests from some of the most important people in my life. There is an entire app, Timehop, that exists solely to surprise us with something from our rapidly accumulating internet past.

Libby Nelson


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A kind of mind

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