To an impartial observer – say, an alien zoologist from another planet – there must be very compelling evidence that human beings suffer from a serious mental disorder, and are perhaps even insane. The last few thousand years have been an endless catalogue of insane behavior.
Many people believe that the powers of science are unlimited. Science is a process of uncovering the mechanisms by which nature works, and eventually, after enough experimentation and investigation, every mystery will be understood.
Does happiness come from accumulating things or letting go? A few years ago, an acquaintance of mine moved to Barcelona to begin a contract job. Within minutes of arriving at the airport, all his luggage was stolen, including his wallet, with his money and the contact details for his job in it.
"Awakening Experiences" are normal and natural. One evening last summer, when I was on holiday with my family in Wales, I decided to explore the farmland around our rented bungalow. I climbed over a gate I hadn't noticed before because it was hidden by long grass, and found myself looking down at a valley,
From time to time, we all have experiences when restlessness and discontent fade away, and we’re filled with a sense of ease, well-being, and harmony. We become free of pressure to keep busy and the need for stimulation, and rest at ease within ourselves and within the present moment.
What makes it possible for human beings to behave with such cold brutality and violence? It’s much too simplistic to ascribe their behaviour to some innate “evil”, or to say that they are insane. Instead, it’s important to look at the psychological factors which give rise to terrorism.