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Philosophically Speaking – What, Factors Constitute Great Nations, Great Leaders, and Great Followers

“Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself” — Henry Ward Beecher (1813 ―1887). The world has witnessed many different political systems of leadership (from dictatorship to democracy), and many types of leaders (from autocratic to democratic) but what factors constitute great nations, great Leaders, and great...

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Philosophically Speaking — Capitalism, Socialism, Material Progress, Wealth Disparity, and Poverty

One can argue that Capitalism and Socialism are the two dominant systems that undergird politics and the workings of the economy of Western nations, with some compromises between them, but not easily attained. Political leaders in Western nations are either for or against one or the other of the two opposing systems of capitalism...

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Philosophically Speaking: What is Accountability and Responsibility?

What is Accountability and Responsibility, and where does it all begin? How do people in the postmodern world relate to these two essential concepts of human development? When we think of responsibility, we rarely consider the higher order of accountability, and so we often misunderstand the two different concepts. The focus of this article...

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Attitude, Gratitude, and Happiness

“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.“ —John Milton (1608–1674) ATTITUDE: Happiness lives between the twin towers of attitude and gratitude. Attitude and gratitude are not merely human attributes; they transform lives. They are powerful beacons of...

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Philosophically Speaking: What is Enlightenment?

What is Enlightenment? “The Age of Enlightenment, sometimes called the Age of Reason, refers to the time of the guiding intellectual movement, called The Enlightenment. It covers about a century and a half in Europe, beginning with the publication of Francis Bacon‘s Novum Organum (1620) and ending with Immanuel Kant‘s Critique of Pure Reason (1781). From the perspective of socio-political phenomena, the period is considered to...

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