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Cute ~

Puppies and Kittens

As that one woman in your office can tell you (or if you are her, no need), cute pictures of snuggly, doe-eyed little critters touch a soft spot in us humans. Baby schema — the set of features that make young animals appealing, like big eyes and a head too big for the body — have been shown in experiments to capture people’s attention, make them smile and even induce caregiving to others. Oh sure, the boss may seem tough, but one look at a basket full of puppies and he’ll want to rub you right on your little belly.

A study published online this week by the journal PloS ONE suggests that viewing cute images not only makes people feel better, but improves performance in completing certain tasks.

Oh my! A study to explain why might show something that the wise ones have been saying for millenia. Genuine compassion is what is needed for this world to function better. Lol, I know that seems a bit simplistic, but it’s true. When we care, we are careful. Anything evoking that caring part of our personalities will function to bring us into a state of mind that will cross our “t”s and dot our “i”s with more precision. We can be as efficient in many ways as a surgical machine, but without compassion, we are just going about our tasks on automatic drive. That’s why we cannot find a way to make a computer surpass a good Doctor’s worth when it comes to patient care.

I love the very thought of this. It so completely shows that we are in need of compassion, even in the mundane tasks of the day. The more we care, the more careful we are, even when it comes to tying our shoes. I suspect that this was marketing research for anime that simply surprised those conducting the study regarding the deeper implications of it. But how magnificent is that? A simple market study about cuteness finds that we as humans are hardwired to function better when the caring part of our personalities is tapped! I dare say that you will find with deeper study that this is why those who can harm animals easily and without purpose are inclined to become serial criminals of a violent and harmful nature.

Compassion is teachable! It is important to begin the teaching in early childhood. If we do this, we will enhance our existence beyond our wildest imaginings, and find true happiness is something that can be unleashed here on Earth.

Hadron ~

Wheeeee! Wasn’t that fun? We down here in south Texas, bracing for Ike thought maybe we wouldn’t have to worry about the hurricane, since the firestorm from the Hadron Collider was going to take us out more quickly. Well, dang, another failed experiment. But, hey, they say that in 30 days, we can brace ourselves all over again. I am not at all sure why we folks feel the need to experiment with this, but it is altogether fun to see scientists get into the “End of the World as we know it” scenario.

The “end time” prophets must be doing a booming business. So, how does this even remotely affect those of us who simply stand out here in the middle of the road waiting to be run over? My attitude has been for some time that though I don’t believe in the Rapture, I love Y’shua and it would seem that the best plan would be to go on living as compassionate a life as I can so that if I am wrong, Hashem will look kindly on me. Seems to me an effective way to meet something as incredible as experiments with the fabric of time and space. Isn’t it also interesting that Noah was told that the next time the world underwent that kind of cleansing it would be by fire?

But then, if I am right, the Humanists, who do not believe in the existence of anything beyond the spectrum of light humans can at this point explore, but at least have a code of ethics, shouldn’t fare too badly should Y’shua arrive on a cloud in the air. I’ve always felt the “End time” visions of the Second Coming folks was more than a bit cartoonish, and I suspect Hashem a bit less like a cartoon than one would believe if one followed these folks down their primrose path.

I cannot look at photos of colliding galaxies and think of Hashem as a cartoon. I have to wonder what went wrong, yet, since I am not in the loop of knowledge on that, I don’t even know if there were any blue marbles in those galaxies to know that there might have been life as we understand it to begin with. The universe is so vast that I cannot help but believe the great experiment, {can we learn to love?} will go on. Somewhere, somewhen, we will learn to love, I am confident that this will happen.

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