This is a brilliant piece Naomi. You are spot on. "Letting go of the need to control and influence everything is an extreme challenge for many of us".

The reality of human nature is that we lack the capacity to predict the extremes, the unknowns, the inexplicable and the very improbales. Sadly, we, especially the so called experts in all fields do not know that they lack this capacity.

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Spot on David. Life without time for meditation is an unexamined life. After the jury voted to condemn him and sentenced him to death, Socrates said, inter alia;

…… the unexamined life is not worth living

Apology 38a

Thanks for the quote from the colossus, Mahatma Ghandhi Bapuji.

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Very interesting picks for would be dinosaurs in our lives in 20 years. However, may I suggest that this article is only valid in most of the developed world.

a. 16% of the world — about 1.2 billion people — have no access to electricity.

b. A whopping 3.1 billion — nearly 40% of us — have no internet access.

If you are familiar with the geo-political milieu in these regions, you know that 20 years is totally inadequate to rescue their drowning ships of State. Unless of course something profoundly positive and eclectic occurs.

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Very interesting, well researched and balanced piece, Frank. As a long time Chriatian with limited knowledge of Buddhism — including living in Japan for an academic session in the 1990s— I agree with your points regarding similarities and dissimilarities.

However, my take is that Christ was not a Buddhist — simply could not be.

Fundamentally, Buddha was a man. Jesus Christ was God—Man.

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Interesting take on Jesus and what some scholars call the Jesus Movement, i.e. Christianity.

What about The Great Commission, Matthew 28:19 --the resurrected Jesus Christ instructing His disciples to spread the gospel to all nations and baptize the people in the name of the Triune God?

What about John 10:30 — "I and my Father are one"?

In this conversation, the string attached to being a Christian is to believe in the Triune God and not in the 330 million gods of Hinduism.

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Fascinating, realistic piece Akshay.

As a writer in a genre and zone (Development of Nations) who pivoted from a totally different arena (Medicine and Surgery), I can attest to all the mines in the battleground en route to publishing a book worth reading.

Yes, you are right; DO NOT Write a Book. And yet, YOU MUST Write a Book if you have something profound to share with humankind no matter the scope of the challenges.

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Sylvanus A AYENI, M.D.

Sylvanus A AYENI, M.D.

Neurosurgeon. Founder, Pan Africa Children Advocacy Watch(PACAW Inc) www.pacaw.org. Author: RESCUE THYSELF: Change In Sub-Saharan Africa Must Come From Within