«The Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living»

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«The unexamined life is not worth living», Socrates.

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To rein our passions and also taking care for the stability of our community, is a must, together with our evaluation of our actions.

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What it means to live a good life? Socrates is telling us that whoever wakes up in the morning, goes to work, does his job, comes back home, watches tv, goes to bed, and repeats the same process every day for a whole life without ever thinking what they ought to have done or examining and evaluating their actions, then this way of living is wrong. But, even this, according to Socrates, is not enough for living a good life. We should rein our passions.

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Justice, according to Socrates, is a state of a person’s soul. Just acquires every citizen mind his own business, doing the particular job that has been allocated to him, in the best way he can do. In this way, the city will thrive and be happy as a whole. Being just, in addition to philosophical investigation is necessary, for living a good life. The iust person helps society and community to maintain stability and also is in control of himself and not governed by his desires. This way, society is  led to real freedom and not lawlessness.

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The importance of rational reflection and an individual doing his part to contribute to the stability to the community as a whole, is emphasized by Socrates, for the people’s living a good life.

Source: www.khanacademy.org

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The history of «popcorn»

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«First, the sound hits you — “pop, pop, pop” — slow at first, then a firestorm of kernels as they magically transform into billows of crunchy white deliciousness. Next…the smell wafts throughout the room, tantalizing your nose and your taste buds. By the time your teeth crunch down on that first bite, you’re completely hooked». (Tori Avey)

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Popcorn is an irresistible treat. what makes popcorn “pop”?

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The secret is in the kernel. Popcorn comes from a certain variety of maize that produces small kernels with a hard outer shell. Pop corn is a species of corn called «Zea mays everta». To get to the fluffy edible part, you must heat the kernel, which turns the moisture within into steam. When the outer shell has reached its pressure point it bursts, releasing the soft inner flake and creating what we recognize as popcorn. A popcorn kernel’s strong hull contains the seed’s hard, starchy endosperm with 14-20% moisture, which turns to steam as the kernel is heated. The pressure continues building until it exceeds the hull’s ability to contain it.

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Evidence of popcorn’s first “pop” did not appear until the 1820s, when it was sold throughout the eastern United States under the names Pearl or Nonpareil. Its popularity quickly began to spread throughout the South and by the 1840s popcorn had started to gain a foothold in America. Prestigious literary magazines like New York’s Knickerbockerand the Yale Literary Magazine began referencing popcorn. By 1848, the word “popcorn” was included in John Russell Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms. Bartlett claimed that the name was derived from “the noise it makes on bursting open.”

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Celebrate in style with this popcorn & salted caramel cake.

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How to make Popcorn on the cob.

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The popcorn variety of maize was domesticated by Pre-Columbian indigenous peoples by 5000 B.C.E. It is a small and harder form of flint corn, most commonly found in white or yellow kernels. The stalks produce several ears at a time, though they are smaller and yield less corn than other maize varieties. The “pop” is not limited exclusively to this type of maize, but the flake of other types is smaller by comparison. Popcorn likely arrived in the American Southwest over 2500 years ago, but was not found growing east of the Mississippi until the early 1800s due to botanical and environmental factors. Today the Midwest is famous for its “Corn Belt,” but prior to the introduction of the steel plow during the 19th century, soil conditions in that region were not suitable for growing corn.

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The origin of corn.

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Evidence of popcorn’s first “pop” did not appear until the 1820s, when it was sold throughout the eastern United States under the names Pearl or Nonpareil. Its popularity quickly began to spread throughout the South and by the 1840s popcorn had started to gain a foothold in America. Prestigious literary magazines like New York’s Knickerbockerand the Yale Literary Magazine began referencing popcorn. By 1848, the word “popcorn” was included in John Russell Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms. Bartlett claimed that the name was derived from “the noise it makes on bursting open.”

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The art of making popcorn.

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Popcorn’s mass appeal was brought to new heights thanks to movie theaters. Surprisingly, theater owners were not on board with popcorn sales in the beginning. They thought it might create an unnecessary nuisance in addition to requiring expensive changes, like installing outside vents to rid the building of smoky popcorn odors. Hawkers, seeing the potential in popcorn sales, took matters into their own hands and began selling popcorn and Cracker Jack while walking up and down the theater aisles.

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The Depression eventually changed the minds of theater owners, and they began to view it as a small luxury that patrons could afford. Unlike most treats, popcorn sales actually rose during the Depression. Instead of installing indoor concession areas, theaters charged outside vendors a dollar a day to sell popcorn from outdoor stands. In 1938 Glen W. Dickson, the owner of several theaters throughout the Midwest, began installing popcorn machines in the lobbies of his theaters. The construction changes were costly, but he recovered his investment quickly and his profits skyrocketed. The trend spread quickly. Can you imagine walking into a movie theater today without the scent of popcorn welcoming you inside?

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Οι «σαν σύννεφα» καβουρντισμένοι κόκκοι καλαμποκιού ήταν μια από τις αγαπημένες συνήθειες των ανθρώπων των σπηλαίων, σύμφωνα με αρχαιολογικά ευρήματα. Το παλαιότερο εύρημα είναι ηλικίας 5.000 ετών και εντοπίστηκε στο Νέο Μεξικό.

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Οι ιθαγενείς το απολάμβαναν τοποθετώντας έναν – έναν τους σπόρους αραβοσίτου πάνω από τη φλόγα με τη βοήθεια ενός κλαδιού. Το ποπ-κορν είχε πολλές χρήσεις και δεν ήταν μόνο επιλογή γεύματος. Το χρησιμοποιούσαν για να φτιάξουν μπύρα και σούπες αλλά και για να κατασκευάσουν κοσμήματα.

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Στις 22 Φεβρουαρίου 1630, ο Κουαντακένα, ένας Ινδιάνος από τη  φυλή των Γουαμπανοάγκ, έμαθε το ποπ κορν σε Βρετανούς αποίκους στο Πλίμουθ της Μασαχουσέτης.

 Και κάπως έτσι διαδόθηκε στον κόσμο.
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Οσοι Ευρωπαίοι το δοκίμασαν, το λάτρεψαν και πολλοί από αυτούς το έτρωγαν για πρωινό μαζί με κρέμα και ζάχαρη. Στη συνέχεια, μάλιστα, έγινε απαραίτητο συνοδευτικό στο δείπνο της Ημέρας των Ευχαριστιών.

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Το ποπ κορν έγινε ακόμα πιο γνωστό τον 19ο αιώνα, όταν υπαίθριοι πωλητές έστηναν την πραμάτεια τους σε πάρκα, πανηγύρια και καρναβάλια. Φυσικά, καροτσάκια βρέθηκαν και έξω από κινηματογράφους. Αυτό δεν άρεσε στους αιθουσάρχες, που δεν ήθελαν να αποσπάται η προσοχή των θεατών κατά τη διάρκεια της προβολής. Οι θεατές, ωστόσο, αγαπούσαν το ποπ κορν και το επέβαλλαν και κάπως έτσι οι κινηματογράφοι απέκτησαν το προϊόν, το οποίο τους έφερε νέα έσοδα.

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Το γλυκό ποπ κορν άλλαξε στον Β” Παγκόσμιο Πόλεμο, καθώς η ζάχαρη ήταν σε έλλειψη, και απέκτησε αλμυρή γεύση.

Σήμερα, αποτελεί συντροφιά σε ταινίες και αγαπημένο σνακ πολλών. Για την ιστορία, οι Αμερικανοί κρατούν και σήμερα τα σκήπτρα στην κατανάλωση ποπ-κορν, με 65 κιλά ανά άτομο ετησίως.

 

 

Sources: www.iefimerida.gr, Google, Youtube, Wikipedia, http://www.pbs.org/food(Tori Avey)

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If You Want To Change The World….»Make Your Bed»!

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«If you want to to change the world, start off by making your bed»!

Sources: www.goalcast.com, www.theguardian.com


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United States Navy admiral William H. McRaven in his powerful speech, shows the value  and the importance of doing the little things every day, which encourages you in achieving greater things and targets and finally succeed in living a better life!

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It will give you a small sense of pride, and will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another.

By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.

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Make your bed will also reinforce the fact that the little things in life matter.

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If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right.

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If, by chance, you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made. And a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.

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«Measure a person by the size of his heart»

«The guy with the biggest flippers is not always the man you want in a crisis» (Illustration: Matthew Blease)

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On 17 May 2014, William H McRaven was asked to give a speech at the graduation ceremony of his alma mater, the University of Texas. He chose to tell them the 10 lessons he had learned during his 34-year career as a navy SEAL.

1 Start off by making your bed

2 Find someone to help you paddle

3 Measure a person by the size of their heart

4 Get over being a sugar cookie

5 Don’t be afraid of the Circus

6 Be prepared to jump

7 Don’t back down from the sharks

8 Be your very best in the darkest moments

9 Start singing when you are up to your neck in mud

10 Don’t ever ring the bell

Little Things That Can Change Your Life … And Maybe the World by William H McRaven: «Make Your Bed«

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The Three Last Wishes of Alexander the Great

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The Three Last Wishes of Alexander the Great

Alexander, after conquering many kingdoms, was returning home. On the way, he fell ill and it took him to his death bed. With death staring him in his face, Alexander realized how his conquests, his great army, his sharp sword and all his wealth were of no consequence. He now longed to reach home to see his mother’s face and bid her his last adieu. But, he had to accept the fact that his sinking health would not permit him to reach his distant homeland. So, the mighty conqueror lay prostrate and pale, helplessly waiting to breathe his last.

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He called his generals and said, «I will depart from this world soon, I have three wishes, please carry them out without fail.»

With tears flowing down their cheeks, the generals agreed to abide by their king’s last wishes.

1) «My first desire is that», said Alexander, «My physicians alone must» carry my coffin.»

2) After a pause, he continued, «Secondly, I desire that when my coffin is being carried to the grave, the path leading to the graveyard be strewn with gold, silver and precious stones which I have collected in my treasury».

3) The king felt exhausted after saying this. He took a minute’s rest and continued. «My third and last wish is that both my hands be kept dangling out of my coffin».

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The people who had gathered there wondered at the king’s strange wishes. But no one dared bring the question to their lips.. Alexander’s favorite general kissed his hand and pressed them to his heart.

«O king, we assure you that all your wishes will be fulfilled. But tell us why do you make such strange wishes?»

At this Alexander took a deep breath and said:»I would like the world to know of the three lessons I have just learnt. Lessons to be learnt from last 3 wishes of King Alexander…I want my physicians to carry my coffin because people should realize that no doctor on this earth can really cure any body. They are powerless and cannot save a person from the clutches of death. So let not people take life for granted.

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The second wish of strewing gold, silver and other riches on the path to the graveyard is to tell People that not even a fraction of gold will come with me. I spent all my life Greed of Power, earning riches but cannot take anything with me. Let people realize that it is a sheer waste of time to chase wealth.

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About my third wish of having my hands dangling out of the coffin, I wish people to know that I came empty handed into this world and empty handed I go out of this world».

With these words, the king closed his eyes.Soon he let death conquer him and breathed his last. . . .

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LESSONS TO LEARN :Remember, your Health is in your own hands, look after it. Wealth is only meaningful if you can share and also enjoy while you are still alive, kicking & healthy. What you do for yourself, dies with you. But what you do for others will live for ever.

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The Two Wolves

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«Every aspect of ourselves has a gift. Every emotion and every trait we possess helps show us the way to enlightenment, to oneness. We all have a shadow that is part of our total reality. Our shadow is here to point out where we are incomplete. It is here to teach us love, compassion, and forgiveness, not just for others but also for ourselves. And when the shadow is embraced, it can heal us. It is not just our denied “darkness” that finds its way into the recesses of our shadow. There is a “light shadow,” a place where we have buried our power, our competence, and our authenticity. The dark parts of our psyches are only dark when they are stuffed away and hidden. When we bring them into the light of our consciousness and find their sacred gifts, they transform us. Then we are free.» Debbie Ford.

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«A man or woman who has peace inside has everything. A man or woman who is pulled apart by the war inside him or her has nothing»!

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«Next time you feel like cutting somebody down, giving them a “death stare,” talking behind their back, or wishing a certain politician or company just didn’t exist… instead of acting or speaking, take a few minutes to RECOGNIZE what you’re feeling, then ACCEPT what you’re feeling, and finally make a conscious choice not to act that into the world». Chris Cade.

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Every time we harshly criticize another…

Every time we talk bad about a person behind his or her back…

Every time we swat at or kill that damn fly which won’t leave our food alone…

And every time we glare at somebody else with a cold, cutting stare…

That’s our hateful, vengeful, annihilating side expressing itself in the world.

Every time we wish another person just didn’t exist… that’s our hateful side that we often aren’t even aware of as hate because it feels just so cold, dense, and perhaps even non-existent…

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In order to have a truly “open heart,” we must be willing to -ACCEPT- into our heart, not only the things we love and cherish, but also the things that we hate. An “open heart” means we open to everything INCLUDING the things we don’t like and don’t want.

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When we are not “open,” then these negative, hateful feelings get stuck and stagnant like a cesspool in our souls. That’s why we act out in those ways I described. And when we do that, we’re not living consciously, aware, joyously, compassionately, or even in the present moment.

When we learn how to include and accept both our hateful, angry, vengeful side ~ along with our loving side ~ what we do is give ourselves the freedom to love and accept ourselves exactly as we are, warts and all… without the expectation of how we “should” be. We allow our true inherent good to stop the self-judgment and self-criticism… and transform that darkness into our greatest strength and ally in this world.

Within our mind there are two wolves.

There is a battle of two wolves inside us all!

Which prevails?

The one you feed!

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Which wolf are you feeding today…the good …or…the evil?

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One evening an old Cherokee Indian told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.

He said, ‘My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.’

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: ‘Which wolf wins?’

The old Cherokee simply replied, ‘The one you feed.’

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A wise old story about the two wolves and the choices we make.

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John Bellaimey explains why we all contain the spirit of yin and of yang — and how we can achieve a balance of both in our lives.

«Each and every one of us has these two wolves running around inside us. The Evil wolf or the Good Wolf is fed daily by the choices we make with our thoughts. What you think about and dwell upon will in a sense appear in your life and influence your behavior.

We have a choice, feed the Good Wolf and it will show up in our character, habits and behavior positively. Or feed the Evil Wolf and our whole world will turn negative: like poison, this will slowly eat away at our soul».

The crucial question is “Which are you feeding today”?

Sources: wizdompath.wordpress.com, http://www.chriscade.com

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