Table of Contents

  • Personal Effectiveness: Two Qualities of Successful People
  • The Art of Living: The Source of Human Failure
  • Personal Growth: Suspiciousness and Hostility Reduce Life Span
  • Inner Peace: Recipe for Happiness
  • Effective Supervision: Enhancing Team Spirit
  • Individuals Who Made a Difference: Running Across the Canada With an Artificial Leg
  • Health: Seven Factors for a Longer Life
  • Global Peace: What Happens When an Atomic Bomb Falls
  • Resources: Peace Quotes from Children
  • Ecology: Are You Endangering a Specie?
  • Character Development: If You Feel Jealous
  • Health and Healing: Stress from Unwise Perfectionism
  • Personal Effectiveness: Experiment with Your Intuition
  • Personal Growth: Five Ways to Develop Better Self-Worth
  • Environment: Launching an Ecological Campaign
  • The Art of Living: Six Points for Commonsense Living
  • Peace Networking: Professionals for Peace
  • Community Organizing: Overcoming Indifference in Your Community
  • Conflict Resolution: Media Can Help Resolve Conflicts
  • Personal Growth: Are You Afraid to Try New Things?
  • Peace Work: Peace Ideas in the Internet
  • Peace Work: Peace Ideas on Radio
  • Global Networking: Hugs for Better Social Maturity
  • Health and Healing: Soy Beans for Protein Can Reduce Cholesterol


Two Qualities of Successful People

Daniel Isenberg of the Harvard Business School studied 25 of the most successful executives in the United States to find out what they did to make them successful. He did this by being with each one of them for one week and observing their behaviors, judgments. He found that these persons had to important qualities in common:
Spiritual sensibility. They felt a deeper intelligence in the universe that was working through their hearts. They all make decisions based on their intuitions.
They put values first. When goals came in conflict with values, the latter had higher priority.
Source: Susan Smith Jones, Choose to Live Each Day Fully, Celestial Arts Publishing, P.O. Box 7123, Berkeley, CA 94707, U.S.A.

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The Source of Human Failure

Psychologist Alfred Adler says: “It is the individual who is not interested in his fellow men who has the greatest difficulties in life and provides the greatest injury to others. It is from among such individuals that all human failures spring.”

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Suspiciousness and Hostility Reduce Life Span

If you are habitually hostile, suspicious or cynical, the research of John Barefoot of Duke University should be of interest to you. He and his colleagues found that people who are highly suspicious of others were more likely to die when compared to others of the same age, sex, functional health, and lifestyle patterns. This trend appeared in a study of 500 older men and women during a period of 15 years.

This research result “add to the growing evidence that hostile or cynical attitudes undermine health.”

In an earlier 25-year study of physicians conducted by Barefoot, the people who showed high levels of hostility had premature death rate 6.4 times higher than those with low scores.

If you are interested in better health and longer life, consider trusting relationship and friendliness as an alternative way of life.

Source: Marilyn Ferguson, Book of PragMagic, Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster Inc. 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, N& 10020, U.S.A.

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Recipe for Happiness

Take equal parts of faith and courage, mix well with a sense of humor, sprinkle with a few tears, and add a helping of kindness for others. Bake in a good-natured oven, and dust with laughter.

Scrape away any self-indulgence that is apparent, and serve with generous helpings.

Source: Ohio State Grange Monthly, quoted in The Speaker’s Handbook, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, U.S.A.

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Enhancing Team Spirit

When you are leading a group, the success of the group depends upon esprit de corps or team spirit. Here are some techniques suggested by Alan Loy McGinnis on how to enhance it:

Reward cooperation. When rewards are made only for prima donnas, the organization will tend to produce solo performers. If it is the team players who are rewarded, your organization will produce cooperative people.
Assign responsibility for group morale to the group itself. Impress on the people in your group or family that part of their job is creating the right mood.
Plan events when people can be away together. They tend to be more creative and more open. They form strong bonds with each other quickly.
Assign a high value to communication. Allow the members regular opportunities to talk among themselves.
Source: Alan Loy McGinnis, Bringing Out the Best in People, Kadena Press, U.P. P.O. Box 4, Quezon City 1101, Philippines

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Running Across the Canada With an Artificial Leg

At nineteen years of age, doctors told Terry Fox that he had cancer, and his leg had to be amputated to save his life. Two years later, with an artificial leg, Terry Fox decided to run across Canada in order to raise funds for cancer research and to raise people’s awareness about cancer. After running 5,373 kilometers in 144 days, Terry had to stop because cancer already reached his lungs.

Although he never finished his run, Terry Fox became a legend not only in Canada but throughout the world. Every year, in over twenty countries, millions participate in the Terry Fox Run that help raise money for cancer research. In Canada, there is a mountain in the Rockies that has been named after him, Mount Fox.

Here was a young man who did not allow himself to be defeated by an incurable disease. Instead, he tried to do something that will help others. And he made a difference.

Source: Haydn Sargent, Power to Choose. Heinemann Asia, 37 Jalan Pemimpin #07-04/05 Block B, Union Industrial Building, Singapore 2057.

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Seven Factors for a Longer Life

The University of California in Los Angeles made a study on longevity and found that women who followed the seven practices mentioned below are expected to live an average of eight years longer than those who don’t. These are:

Eating breakfast
Never Smoking
Regular physical activity
Moderate or no use of alcohol
Seven to eight hours of sleep nightly
Maintaining proper weight
Not eating between meals.
Source: Susan Smith Jones, Choose to Live Each Day Fully, Celestial Arts Publishing, P.O. Box 7123, Berkeley, CA 94707, U.S.A.

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What Happens When an Atomic Bomb Falls

In the light of recent continuation of testing of nuclear weapons, we need to remind ourselves about the folly of using nuclear bombs as weapons of war. Here is what happens when a bomb falls, as described by Dr. Helen Caldicott, a physician who has written Nuclear Madness: What You Can Do:

Every person within six miles [10 kms] of the bomb target will be killed, many vaporized.
Within a radius of 20 miles [32 kms], every person will be killed or lethally injured. The pressures are so great that human beings, bricks, broken glasses are converted into missiles traveling at 100 miles an hour.
Within 26 miles [42 kms], if you’re just walking along, your clothes would instantaneously ignite and you’d become a flaming torch.
At 40 miles [64 kms] you could be instantly blinded if you look at the bomb flash.
There would be firestorm from about 1,500 to 3,000 square miles, so if you go to a fallout shelter, the firestorm sucks the oxygen out and you die of asphyxiation, and the blast and heat will convert the fallout shelters to crematoria.
It is estimated that in a total nuclear war, 90 percent of the population of the countries involved will die within 30 days. And the survivors will remain in fallout shelters for 2 months, because radiation fallout is so severe that it will cause vomiting, hair to fall out and result in death.
As the corpses decay, bacteria will multiply. Insects, which are very resistant to radiation, will multiply by the trillions because birds will be killed by the fallout. There will be epidemics.
So much ozone that protects us from the sun will be destroyed that every creature would be blinded by the ultraviolet radiation. It can even destroy microorganisms, and thus all life.
So we’re talking about the death of the planet. At the time when the U.S. and Russia were racing to build up nuclear arms, Dr. Caldicott wrote:

“Ninety-two percent of the people of the world don’t live in Russia or American and don’t care about the petty arguments about how many bombs each side has. It really is up to us to take the toys away from the boys. They behave like little boys in a sandbox with arrested emotional development. And we have to see that they grow up, mature or get rid of them and put in people who are mature adults. It really is up to everyone of us to save this planet. We can’t just blame the president. We/I have to take the world on our shoulders like Atlas and say, ‘I am totally responsible for this planet and my children and the children of the world.'”

Source: Call to Action: Handbook for Ecology, Peace and Justice, edited by Brad Erickson. Sierra Club Books, 730 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109, U.S.A.

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Peace Quotes from Children

I’m not really sure who is ahead in the arms race and I don’t think it really matters. I mean it doesn’t make me happy to think that we’re ahead, or sad to think that maybe the Russians are ahead. We both have enough bombs to kill each other, and if someone drops the bomb, no matter who, we all suffer, I would only feel secure if the U.S. got rid of its nuclear bombs. — DEBRA BRITT, age 15
Dear Astronaut,

Please take the nuclear bombs to the moon on your next space flight and leave them there. your friend, — RACHEL L.. age 9

I worry too much about nuclear war and I’m too young to worry

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If everybody in the world says that they want peace how can we still have nuclear bombs? Somebody in the world must be lying. — JOAN G. age 10

Since I learned about the bomb, I don’t smile so much anymore. — JUDITH K., age 7

Little children and animals don’t want war. Only grownups and crocodiles. — ANTHONY R., age 10

Source: Seeds of Peace compiled by Jeanne Larson and Madge Micheels-Cyrus. New Society Publishers, 4722 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19143, U.S.A.

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Are You Endangering a Specie?

Consumers are ultimately responsible for the irresponsible killing of endangered species around the world. If you wish to be part of the solution, here are some suggestions:

Do not buy ivory — under any circumstances. Fifteen years ago there were 1.5 million elephants in Africa. In 1990, they have been reduced to less than 750,000 elephants primarily because of slaughtering for ivory. Wild elephants are in danger of entirely disappearing.
Do not buy tortoiseshell, coral, reptile skins, cat skins, furs and other products of endangered animals. Wild tigers have almost disappeared due to the selling of their skins.
If you eat tuna, buy only bonita or skyjack tuna. Boycott tuna which are caught through methods that kill dolphins by the thousands. For example, dolphins swim with yellowfin tuna, which are caught by huge purse sein nets that also catch dolphins that die or are killed in the process.
Source: The Earthworks Group, 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth. Hodder and Stoughton Ltd., Mill Road, Dunton Green Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 2YA, U.K.

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If You Feel Jealous . . .

. . . here are some thoughts from the famous yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda:

“Jealousy comes from an inferiority complex, and expresses itself through suspicion and fear. It signifies that a person is afraid he cannot hold his own in his relationships with others, be they conjugal, filial, social. If you feel you have cause to be jealous of someone — for example, if you are afraid that the one you love is transferring his or her attention to another — first strive to understand if there is something lacking within yourself. Improve yourself; develop yourself. The only way to hold on to the affection or respect of another is to apply the law of love and to merit that recognition by self-improvement. Fulfillment lies in constantly improving yourself so that instead of your seeking others, others will seek you.”

Source: Paramahansa Yogananda, Where There is Light. Self-Realization Fellowship, 3880 San Rafael Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90065, U.S.A.

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Stress from Unwise Perfectionism

Persons who have a compulsion to do everything perfectly are candidate for stress. They find it hard to delegate work, and, as a result, they become overburdened not only with tasks but also with worries. If you are one of these pressured people, here are some steps you do, as suggested by Medical Book of Health Hints and Tips:

Ask: How important is it? There are important things which should be done very well. However, there are thousands of things which are not that important that we should not be over-pressured to do them perfectly. What if the house is a bit untidy? If you are going to be late for an appointment, what is the worst thing that will happen? A more forgiving attitude towards yourself can help lower your stress level. Learn to accurately assess the relative importance of each stressful situation.
Delegate. Many people live by the motto: “If you want it done right, you have to do it yourself.” When applied indiscriminately, you are courting stress and worry. Check what tasks can be delegated to others which will not do irreparable harm if not done as competently as you wish them to be. When you delegate, try to reduce the possibility of mistake by being clear with your expectations.
Practice Imperfection. This does not mean that you purposely do something poorly. Rather, when you feel dog-tired, for example, save the dishes for tomorrow and go to bed. When you’re really overwhelmed, reschedule and appointment or renegotiate a deadline. The reduction of stress will even help you become more productive when you get back to what you have rescheduled.
Source: Medical Book of Health Hints and Tips, by the Editors of Consumer Guide. Publications International, Ltd., 7373 North Cicero Avenue, Lincolnwood, Illinois 60646, U.S.A.

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Experiment with Your Intuition

Have you ever tested your intuition when making decisions? Here is a simple way to experiment with it, as suggested by authors Michael Ray and Rochelle Myers in Creativity in Business. It’s using the “yes/no” technique.

When confronted with alternatives, we normally have to weigh many factors. For example, a girl is trying out a dress in department store and says: “Should I buy this dress? It’s in my color, I like the fabric, and it’s on special sale.” But when her sister asked, “Is it a yes or a no?” she immediately replied, “It’s a no.”

After weighing many factors rationally, intuition makes the final judgment, and that’s the bottom line. At the time the decision was made, the reasons may not have been clear. But if it was intuitive, the wisdom of the judgment will become apparent in time.

“The secret of creative decision-making,” says the authors, is in deciding from your Essence, particularly from your intuition. The Essence knows, even when the ego strives and frets and procrastinates and endlessly weighs the pros and cons.”

By forcing yourself to answer with a yes or no, you allow the Essence to make the decision.

Source: Michael Ray and Rochelle Myers, Creativity in Business. Doubleday, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10103, U.S.A.

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Five Ways to Develop Better Self-Worth

Here are five ideas for developing a better self-image, according to Australian radio commentator and author, Haydn Sargent:

Stop comparing yourself with others. Because you don’t have to. You are unique. You can learn from others, but you don’t have to try to be like them.
Stop trying to please everybody. Self-esteem cannot come from other people. If you depend on others for your feeling of self-worth, it isn’t self-worth at all it is a sense of approval. It’s like saying: “your approval of me is more important than my own opinion of myself.” Comedian Bill Cosby said: “The key to failure is trying to please everybody.” The key word is “everybody.”
Stop blaming other people. Blaming is one of the biggest cop-outs in all time. It makes you feel self-righteous as you wallow in your misery and depression. If that is all you want out of life, then carry on, but if you want more out of life than that, then the time has come to sit up and take responsibility for your own life.
Take responsibility for your own life. You’ve got to take responsibility because, when it boils down to it, your life is run from inside your head and you’re the only one in there! You can play the game of getting others to make your decisions so that if it doesn’t work out, you can excuse yourself and blame someone else. It’s an enormous exercise in self-deception and passing the buck.
Be logical with yourself. We are constantly reacting irrationally to events, such as getting irritated or frustrated with traffic jams, busy phone lines, etc. If we stop to think about it, we have the power to choose our responses more rationally. After all, will your irritation make the traffic flow better? “Once you develop the routine of challenging irrational responses, it will amaze and excite you how much more quickly you can recover from disappointments and get on with living your life.” Count to ten, take a few deep breaths to calm yourself and ask such questions as: “Why am I responding this way?” “Why am I imagining the worst result?” “What sensible solution can I see for this predicament?”
Source: Haydn Sargent, Power to Choose. Heinemann Asia, 37 Jalan Pemimpin #07-04/05 Block B, Union Industrial Building, Singapore 2057.

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Launching an Ecological Campaign

If you wish to campaign against the destruction of the environment, forest lands, marine resources, etc., here are some tips from Friends of the Earth Handbook:

Be specific in your goal or target. Not “we are campaigning to preserve the natural beauty of our unique and threatened environment,” but “we are campaigning to prevent the destruction of Hundred Acre Wood by MegaBuck Developers Ltd.”
Find support among your friends and acquaintances. If you can’t convince them, you will never succeed.
Identify a strategy. If MegaBuck Developers have to get permission from the local council, then make the council the target of your campaign.
Do your homework by researching about the council and understanding their viewpoint. Why should they accept or refuse this development?
Identify alternative strategies. What are other issues or approaches that can be brought out in opposing the development plan?
Build support. Identify the people who will be affected by the project and build support among them.
Prepare for the campaign. Be ready with leaflets, petition forms, press releases, posters with a good slogan, badges and stickers.
Organize public meetings. This is the chance for concerned people to meet each other, discuss the problem, and proposed solutions. Take care that such meetings are well-organized, otherwise, people may leave it feeling alienated or bored.
Sustain the campaign by continually writing to councilors, and letting the campaign grow and develop.
Source: Friends of the Earth Handbook, edited by Jonathon Porritt. MacDonald & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., Orbit House, 1 New Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1AR, U.K.

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Six Points for Commonsense Living

If you drop something, pick it up. Orderliness of mind is the reward of this habit. It will lead you to take better care of persons and things.
If you open a door, close it. This practice confirms the wisdom of completing each of life’s transactions.
If you make a promise, keep it. Follow this and integrity will be your mark of distinction.
Whatever you borrow, pay back. This is an extension of keeping a promise. It develops respect for private property.
Play the thank-you game. In exchanging toys or gifts, say “Thank You” as you expect it from your friends.
Do nothing to a friend you wouldn’t like having him do to you. This is the golden rule that should govern all relationships.
Source: Promod Batra, Management Thoughts. Golden Books Centre Sdn. Bhd., 14, 1st floor, Lorong Bunus Enam, Off Jalan Masjid India, 50100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Professionals for Peace

Here are several organizations of professionals that working towards peace and global understanding:

Physicians for Social Responsibility, 639 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02139, U.S.A. Tel. (617) 491-2754. Publishes quarterly National PSR Newsletter ($30.00/year)

Psychologists for Social Responsibility. 1841 Columbia Road NW #207, Washington DC 20009, U.S.A. Tel. (202) 745-7084. Membership includes quarterly newsletter.

Educators for Social Responsibility. 23 Garden St., Cambridge MA 02138, U.S.A. Tel. (617)492-1764. Publishes bi-monthly magazine, Nuclear Times; ESR Journal, and Forum

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Overcoming Indifference in Your Community

When it comes to public issues and causes, many people tend to be indifferent. They do not wish to contribute or be involved.

Here are some causes of indifference:

Ignorance. People are not informed.
Despair. Many people feel that they cannot do anything to change situations. This leads to complacency.
Here then are some steps you can do to overcome indifference if you are trying to promote a causes, whether environmental or other issues. It comes from Sierra Club’s guide to community to community organizing, entitled How to Save Your Neighborhood, City, or Town:

Inform the public through newsletters and letters to the editor. You or your organization should act as an educator for the community. Help people understand that if they are not part of the solution, then they are part of the problem.
Convince the public that everyone can make a difference. As Edmund Burke said, “Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.” Some people are able to give money, others can write letters, join telephone committees.
Make everyone feel useful. Everyone has a special ability that can help the community.
Source: Maritza Pick, How to Save Your Neighborhood, City, or Town. Sierra Club Books, 730 Poll St., San Francisco, CA 94109, U.S.A.

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Media Can Help Resolve Conflicts

The media — newspapers, radio, television — have long been recognized as a potent tool for either worsening conflicts or helping in resolving conflicts:

Media can exacerbate conflicts by sensationalizing to draw a following.
Media can facilitate conflict resolution by bringing together sectors of society previously out of touch with each other.
Media can mediate by giving parties the chance to design their own solution, by giving voice to the inarticulate, and provide an audience for the unheard.
Here are four key moves that media as mediators can make:

Clarify the facts, the players, the positions, the issues.
Explore options developed by the people involved and the journalists themselves.
Move to the positive, by asking questions like: “What would it take to solve this problem?” “What is it that you do want?” “What would make it better?” “What would make you willing?”
Go back to the legitimate needs and concerns by asking: “What do you need?” “Why is that important to you?” “Are there alternatives that would also satisfy you?”
Source: Stella Cornelius, Building the Conflict-Resolving Community. Tasmaian Peace Trust, GPO Box 430E, Hobart 7001, Australia.
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Are You Afraid to Try New Things?

Much of our potential for growth and development may be suppressed simply because we hold narrow views or are afraid. We must be willing to review our attitudes and maintain openness in order to enter the door to greater things. This is illustrated in the following story from The Speaker’s Sourcebook by Glenn Van Ekeren:

In 1870, a shortsighted bishop expressed to the president of a small college his firm biblical conviction that nothing new could be invented. The educator responded in disagreement and believed there was much yet to be discovered.

“Why, I believe it may even be possible for men in the future to fly through the air like birds,” the college president said.

The bishop was taken aback. “Flying is reserved for the angels,” he insisted. “I beg you not to mention that again lest you be guilty of blasphemy!”

That mistaken bishop was none other than Milton Wright, the father of Orville and Wilbur. Only thirty-three years later, his two sons made their first flight in heavier-than-air machine, which was the forerunner of the airplane. How wrong you were, Mr. Wright!

Source: Glenn Van Ekeren, The Speaker’s Sourcebook, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey 07632, U.S.A.

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Hugs for Better Social Maturity

Lots of cuddling during children helps make individuals become more social balanced and accomplished, says a 40-year study conducted by Carol Franz of the University of California at Berkeley’s Institute of Human Development. Children raised by warm and affectionate parents were more likely to sustain enduring and happy marriages, raise children and be involved with friends and recreational activities later in life. The study involved 379 persons who were observed since their kindergarten years in the Boston area.

Source: Your Health, Feb. 7, 1995. 5401 N.W. Broken Sound Blvd., Boca Raton, Fla. 33487, U.S.A.

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Soy Beans for Protein Can Reduce Cholesterol

If you have high cholesterol level, here is good news.

Research shows that using soy as a substitute for animal protein can significantly reduce cholesterol, according to New England Journal of Medicine. This was the finding after researchers conducted 38 studies involving 730 people.

Persons who had high cholesterol (above 300 level) reduced their cholesterol level by 20%.
Those with levels below 200 reduced their cholesterol by 4%.
Dr. James Anderson of the University of Kentucky says that even adding soy to a regular diet without eliminating animal fat, might do some good.

Volunteers in these studies took an average of 47 grams of soy protein a day, such as:

Soy milk, 4-10 grams per 8-ounce glass.
Tofu, 8-13 grams per 4-oz. cube.
Soy flour, 10-13 grams per ounce.
Other soy products used were burgers and baked goods.

Source: USA Today
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Peace Quotes
Self-confidence gives you the freedom . . .
. . . to make mistakes and cope with failure without feeling that
your world has come to an end or that you are a worthless person.


Kindness Always Pays . . .
. . . but it pays most when you do not do it for pay.


Compassion Will Cure More Sins . . .
. . . than condemnation.


We have no right . . .
. . . to ask when a sorrow comes, “Why did this happen
to me?” unless we ask the same question for every joy that comes
our way.


Action May Not Always Bring Happiness . . .
. . . but there is no happiness without action.


Our Achievements of Today . . .
. . .are but the sum total of our thoughts of yesterday. You are
today where the thoughts of yesterday have brought you and you
will be tomorrow where the thoughts of today take you.

It is the individual . . .
. . . who is not interested in his fellow men who
has the greatest difficulties in life and provides the greatest
injury to others. It is from among such individuals that all
human failures spring.


Every great man . . .
. . . every successful, no matter what the field of endeavor, has
known the magic that lies in these words: Every adversity has the
seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.


Fear . . .
. . . makes the wolf bigger than he is.


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Peace Ideas in the Internet

The entire issue of Peace Ideas is now in Internet’s World Wide Web, a global network that enables computer users to read articles and view illustrations right at their computer desks.

Articles are linked by hypertext, which means that when you click on a title in the table of contents, the article will immediately appear on the screen for you to read.

Read it by accessing You may also contact the Peace Center by email by reaching:

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Peace Ideas on Radio

If you are in the Philippines, you can now listen to more peace ideas on radio. A one-hour weekly program entitled “Mga Gintong Aral ng Buhay” or “Golden Lessons in Living” have been launched last July 1, 1995 by the Peace Center of the Theosophical Society in the Philippines. It can be heard at DZRM 1278 KHZ in the AM band, every Saturday, from 7-8 o’clock in the evening. It features discussions on such topics as:

Character Development
Stress, Tension and Relaxation
On Happiness and Unhappiness
How to Conquer Fear
How to Handle Anger
Each week, the program issues a two-page outline of the topic discussed which can be requested for free by calling or writing the Peace Center, Theosophical Society, 1 Iba St., Quezon City, Philippines. Tel. No. 741-57-40; fax no. (632)740-3751.

The program is hosted by Dr. Arle Imperio, Vic Hao Chin, Jr. and Romeo Velarde. and assisted by Dr. Roselmo Doval Santos, Pat Munoz and Shirie Villanueva, who co-host some of the topics discussed.

Foreign readers of Peace Ideas may also request for copies of “Peace Idea for the Week.”

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Theosophical Society in the Philippines