BELIEVING: one of the Four B’s (Being, Belonging, Benevolence)

The word “Believing” is used here as one singular cornerstone of the “Four B’s,” the criteria people use when they evaluate their lives. The other crucial B’s are, “Being,” “Belonging” and “Benevolence.” When all four are achieved, they culminate in an evolved human being. I recently wrote about Being and Belonging, and readers have asked for […]

A Sense of Being, In An Evolved Life

A sense of “Being” is one important criterion we use when evaluating whether we have lived evolved lives. We assess whether our lives that have been meaningful and fulfilling by examining the “Four B’s,” which include “Being,” (personal) “Belonging” (social), “Believing” (values) and “Benevolence” (altruism).     “Belonging” was the subject of my last column, […]

BELONGING and LONELINESS: The Boon and Bane of Life

BELONGING and LONELINESS Those of you familiar with my writings know that I consider  “Belonging” to be one of “The Four B’s,” the cornerstones of how we evaluate our worthiness. The others in this ‘quartet of life quality’ are Being, Believing and Benevolence. Individuals with a sense of Belonging have meaningful relationships with others who  like and appreciate […]

Who Is A “Demagogue”?

We’ve repeatedly heard the term “demagogue” in the media and blogosphere, and in political discourse. So just who is a demagogue? You know it refers to a charismatic political leader (or wannabe) whose vociferous words and outspoken opinions are persuasive to many people, but are found to be offensive or threatening by others. Demagogues tend to be narcissistic and authoritarian, […]

Media ‘Piling On’ and ‘Internet ‘Trolling’

Whenever a well-known person gets into serious self-inflicted trouble, like fiscal improprieties, sexual escapades, substance abuse or other unacceptable personal behavior, a predictable pattern of public reaction ensues. First the misadventure brings forth expressions of harsh criticism, disappointment and anger, and demands for confession of guilt and of remorse. But this is soon followed by an onslaught of  “piling on” in the […]

An Era of Incivility

We appear to be living in an era of incivility. There is constant spewing of aggressive comments and derogatory insults on radio and television, in political campaigns, in business and athletics, and certainly in the trolling blogosphere. Equally troubling, we often witness rudeness in our everyday lives, in the streets and stores, and even in many […]

“MAN PLANS AND GOD LAUGHS”

The adage in the title is translated from the original German (“Mann tracht un Gott lacht.”), and refers to the fact that, plan as we might, unpredictable events will still happen in our lives, for better or for worse. The randomness of life has challenged us since the dawn of humanity.  Most of us strive to bring […]

“Us” and “Them”

  May people live in insular worlds made up of “us” and “them.” The us people are more comfortable when they are among those with whom they share common backgrounds, customs, traits and values. When they are among the them people, they may feel a sense of unease, even of estrangement. The us people might […]

Political and Psychological Polarization are Toxic

Saul Levine M.D.Our Emotional Footprint Psychological and Political Polarization are Toxic       We are a politically paralyzed and polarized country, but is this more about our differing psychological perceptions?       Our democratic political system is acrimoniously divided. The politicians we elect hold diametrically opposed sentiments, with extremist views on the liberal left and […]