STUDIES ON KINDNESS SHOW WHAT WE KNOW AND THE QUESTIONS STILL UNANSWERED

Kindness seems like such an absurd concept to study. It just happens spontaneously, right?

Research is discovering the patterns that affect whether an individual is likely to make an act of kindness and how it makes them feel. Scientists are finding that being kind can improve one’s metal wellbeing.

Future studies could determine the different ways we experience and show kindness as well as what situations encourage us to be kind, and in what environment we would be less likely to pay it forward.

Would a discovery about something we all have personally experienced, like kindness, change your perception of it?

This spread includes excerpts from an article by the BBC. To read the full text please visit: https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210921-what-we-do-and-dont-know-about-kindness.

INTERNATIONAL NON-VIOLENCE DAY

October 2nd is recognized at International Non-Violence Day, honoring the efforts of Mahatma Gandhi to find non-violent solutions and promote peace.

This spread includes excerpts from the Hindustan Times. To read the full article please visit: https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/international-day-of-non-violence-know-its-history-significance-101633135203671.html

SOCIAL MEDIA INSIGHTS FROM ANCIENT PHILOSOPHERS

How would Socrates have used social media if it existed then? Maybe Socrates did, but instead of a virtual social space he took advantage of the town square, and instead of going viral and becoming an influencer, he acquired a reputation through visitors that he would converse with, and fame.

Ancient Greece faced the same challenges of sophists (people that claimed to be philosophers but shared misleading ideas in search of public fame and recognition), as we see in social media today with scammers and irreputable sources.

Socrates’ student Plato believed there should be regulation to allow only “true” philosophers to share their ideas. Social media today does not necessarily reward content that benefits humanity, possibly leading to the criticisms we see of these virtual platforms. However, we must decide whether an influencer has “good or bad” intentions individually, rather than public dismissal that took place in Ancient Greece.

Our modern “town square” is broader and more diverse, connecting people from all sides of the world to share their thoughts. Perhaps the same criteria used by philosophers in the past to distinguish true valuable information, can be used today to fine tune our feeds and our own content that we share.

This spread includes excerpts from an article for BBC Future by Nathan Dufour. To read the full text please visit: https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210922-would-plato-tweet-the-ancient-greek-guide-to-social-media.