Buddhist philosophy claims we have complete control over the self. In fact, the basic idea of “self,” commonly thought of as the “soul” does not exist in the philosophy. Being brought up under different beliefs, the claim does come as a clash. The reluctance to entirely accept such principle has at its core two basic beliefs.
It’s interesting how much attention volunteerism has gotten in the past few months. In a recent article published by CNN, Eva Vasquez asks if “celebs like [Angelina] Jolie inspire voluntourism?” She further explains the implications of the term “voluntourism,” which for those of you who have been following the project, it might bring memories of an article published about two months ago called “The Role of Profit Not For Profit.” Same concept. The difference however, regards how the topic was approached. Whereas one chose to focus on the social and personal implications of volunteerism, the other used the influence of celebrities to explore the subject matter. Not a matter of right or wrong per se, but rather a contrast of perspectives. Ultimately, Vasquez’ opening question does echo significant considerations.
Memories of once familiar streets, faces and feelings have abruptly left the imaginary spectrum and invaded a consciously elapsed reality. Just about one year ago, I had left habitual lands in search of ordinary grounds. Along the way, novel streets, faces and feelings changed personal perceptions of surrounding landscapes. Being away brought one inevitable realization: these once familiar landscapes have remained unaltered; but when change comes from within, no streets, faces and feelings remain unmoved.
Ever since I graduated from college, I had made up my mind that I would travel around the world. However, things are not as simple as that. As usual, time is always a major concern. When is the right time to do it? How long do I allow myself to be away from a ‘normal’ […]