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The Hurting, The Healing, The Loving

Autophobia – the fear of being alone. Most of us have had days where we have felt alone or isolated, including myself. It is a part of life, yet why is it a fear? When people talk about being alone, it is associated with negativity and presented as a fear for so many people. Although,

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The Value of Education

Victor Hugo said, “He who opens a school door closes a prison.”  This simple statement resonates with depth and complexity.  Was the author simply alluding to the obvious fact that a good education opens the prison door of poverty leading to prosperity?  Did he mean that education is a gateway that offers freedom from the

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Everyone Is A Prisoner!

What crossed your mind when you saw this title? Chains? Gates? Locks, bolts, and keys? Armed men standing at the door? Prison inmates stinking and looking at you, wishing you would pass them your plate of poorly cooked beans and say you’re too sick to eat it? Or the writ of another philosopher? I do

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I’m Scared, Ma

The gunshot echoed through the forest as Savitri and her little son, Nanda, hurried across the thick brush bordering the outskirts of the jungle. The sun was just rising in the eastern sky, as the golden rays shone on their grey coats. It was nearly ten minutes before Savitri decided to slow down, so that

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Indistinguishable

He was only a young calf when he first saw them. Tall, glorious and majestic. His mother had left, and he was alone. He was entranced. He knew of them; no one didn’t. It was a man, with graying hair and a twinkle in his wizened eyes. Next to him was a girl with the

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The Torn Lotus

Her eyes haunted me. Black mirrors reflecting my horror and guilt back at me. She was expressionless as a woman fixed her jewellery and clothes every now and then. She had the look of someone whose body was in the present but not her mind or spirit. Like a hollow shell. When Carlos told me

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Conquering the prison of life

As a matter of fact: education by itself is a tool, a source of conditioned power and a redeemer of human wits. This is because throughout the ages society has witnessed a tough battle, a war of minds. The conquered in this contest have limited space in the community. Just as other sources of power,

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The people in the background

It must be amusing for angels to look down from the clouds and see us living-making the ostensibly easy effort of waking up in the morning, getting dressed, going to work, drowning in emotions, fighting silently and all alone against the world, in the hope of one day being able to make our way out

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The Collective Memory

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” – Albert Einstein “I have never let schooling interfere with my education.”- Mark Twain Once we allow ourselves a smirk and give a nod of approval for the quotes above, as it confirms the thoughts in the child within each of

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Being normal

What do we mean by being normal? Does it mean being acceptable in society? Perhaps. And who by the way, composes the society? The Normal people. Who decides what’s acceptable? The Normal people. Heard about normalization? The simple term ‘normalization’ refers to adjustments made with intention of bringing entire probability distributions to a common scale.

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Victory of Innocence

The statue of the charging bull has long been symbol of the confidence of investors in the stock market. In fact, we have seen it more as a symbol than as a work of art. With the recent addition of the “Fearless Girl”, who seems to be staring the bull down, however, there has been

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The Abyss

I leap into the cold winter air and feel every bit of its freshness. It is blue all the way to the horizon where the ocean meets the sky. No matter how many times I view it, the gorgeous open canvas mesmerizes me every single time. This is the only time of the day I

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Lincoln never said that

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” – Abraham Lincoln. Do you agree? First things first. Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, never stated that adversity was an inadequate measure of a man’s character. It was his post-mortem biographer, Horatio Alger

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Stop MOOCing around – Get back in the classroom

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are nearly as common as a mid-week sale on the high-street. Online shopping for learning is certainly redefining the education landscape. But, as in this case, if I’m asked whether MOOCs are the future of higher education, well now, that’s less clear cut. Digital detox please We live in a

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The True Goal of Education

It was like a thick blanket covering us all; the mentality stretched towards the end of the earth. In every continent and country, on both print and electronic media, everyone was talking about the same thing. A victim I was to this era, where all our schools and learning institutes centered our learning on opinions

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True Education is the Following of a Passion

In a classroom consisting of 37 wooden chairs and tables, a typical public school student in South Korea is allowed 3.3 meter square of space if he is lucky. When he first enters the classroom, he faces a decision of choosing which ‘society’ he wants to belong to. The first society would be the two

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The mindset

Context: On a certain occasion, I was to travel from Abakaliki to Ishiagu. Both locations are in Ebonyi State, Nigeria. Somehow, a family member offered to give me a ride: from Abakaliki to my destination. The journey was a smooth one, without any hitch. We travelled in a Mercedes Benz car, model 200. I was

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‘Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil’. – C.S Lewis

In order to fully evaluate this statement, it is necessary to break it down to its core elements. Education, by itself, provides many benefits.  It is easy to see that without education, the opportunities available to you in life are limited and that there is a correlation between the standard of education and one’s standing

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The book is dead (again). Long live the book

“Books are the most dynamic things in history. Nations have gone to war over them. Civilizations have been decimated to extirpate a single text. And yet always something escapes and goes forward, something elusive that is indigenous to the book, that vanishes and surfaces again after the storms have passed, like the Dead Sea Scrolls.”

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