“Remember When…”: What Makes Us Happy in Life?

Whenever we hear the opening lyrics of the famous Broadway song “Memory” of “Cats” we would probably feel nostalgic because of the fleeting nature of life. Time flies. Only memories remain in our busy minds: Memory All alone in the moonlight I can smile at the old days I was beautiful then I remember A …

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Easter as Wisdom: Seeing the Ups and Downs of Life

Understanding the meaning of Easter Season for Christians is wisdom. Wisdom is different from knowledge, although wisdom needs knowledge. But this type of knowledge called wisdom is neither technical nor scientific about the world or life. A wise person may not be highly educated. He or she can even be illiterate. Wisdom has something to …

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How to Overcome Material Traps

Once we are born in the material world and become members of society, we are thrown into a sea of social norms. These norms can be laws, rules, regulations, customs, traditions, and other forms of behavioral regimes. Social norms when effectively enforced can be coercive to people. Each norm has coercion and sanction. This sanction …

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Chasing the Ultimate Meaning of Life & Happiness

       Do we really know where we are going to in life? The following lines of the song of Diana Ross entitled “Do You Know Where You’re Going To” are loaded with philosophical and sociological meanings which can challenge us to find the ultimate meaning and happiness of our life:      “Do you know where you’re …

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What is the Relationship between the Material and the Spiritual?

INTRODUCTION Whether we believe it or not, life has two dimensions: the material and the spiritual, the real and the ideal. Life is more than what we eat. That is why religions are born to give meaning to the great tragedies of life such as sickness, accidents, and death, as well as to the realization …

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What is the Relationship between the Material and the Spiritual?

INTRODUCTION Whether we believe it or not, life has two dimensions: the material and the spiritual, the real and the ideal.  Life is more than what we eat. That is why religions are born to give meaning to the great tragedies in life such as sickness, accidents, and death, as well as to the realization …

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Chasing the Ultimate Meaning of Life & Happiness

       Do we really know where we are going to in life? The following lines of the song of Diana Ross entitled “Do You Know Where You’re Going To” are loaded with philosophical and sociological meanings that can challenge us to find the ultimate meaning and happiness of our life:      “Do you know where you’re …

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The Limits of Material Happiness: A Christian Reflection

It has been said that happiness is a state of mind and a relative term. Our views on happiness are determined by our mental frames which are reflections of our own cultural orientation as members of a particular community. For Christians, happiness is not only limited to material happiness. The Christian concept of happiness goes …

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Who has more Satisfying Social Relationships? The Young or the Old?

Age does matter in social relationships. It is assumed that older people experience more negative experiences in life compared to younger people because of loneliness and detachment from relatives and friends who are either sick, dead, or migrated to distant places. Although it is generally true that older people, especially the retired and senior citizens, …

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Chasing the Ultimate Meaning of Life & Happiness

       Do we really know where we are going to in life? The following lines of the song of Diana Ross entitled “Do You Know Where You’re Going To” are loaded with philosophical and sociological meanings that can challenge us to find the ultimate meaning and happiness of our life:      “Do you know where you’re …

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