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This page is dedicated to discussing everything that's going on in the world, and especially the Occupy Wall Street protests. How can the idea of mutual responsibility help the protesters achieve their goals?
This page is dedicated to discussing everything that's going on in the world, and especially the Occupy Wall Street protests. How can the idea of mutual responsibility help the protesters achieve their goals?

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We all love the feeling of being in love and the wonderful sensations it brings. It is as if we are on top of the world and can reach the stars. And yet, after a few short years, the initial enthusiasm fades and we’re left wondering where the magic has gone. Some say love is a sensation; others – that love is a selfless act. What really is love and why is it so short-lived today? What can we do to preserve the magic, to keep it alive, thriving and growing? 
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We all love the feeling of being in love and the wonderful sensations it brings. It is as if we are on top of the world and can reach the stars. And yet, after a few short years, the initial enthusiasm fades and we’re left wondering where the magic has gone. Some say love is a sensation; others – that love is a selfless act. What really is love and why is it so short-lived today? What can we do to preserve the magic, to keep it alive, thriving and growing? 
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We typically don’t want less; we want more. Yet, although Americans’ income has nearly doubled in the last two decades, enabling us to have more, the proportion of Americans describing themselves as “very happy” remained at about one-third throughout this same period. The media generally urges us to keep spending and continually spend more, as if our happiness depends on it. Moreover, this contagion seems to have taken over the world.
Given the rampant nature of this global habit, is there any hope for getting us off of this consumption treadmill ? What if we could offer the prospect of more happiness and satisfaction but in a different form?
These are some questions that our Virtual Roundtable will be addressing on January 5th. Come share with us what you think!
- See more at: http://mutualresponsibility.org/roundtable/#sthash.XZ1aZLxI.dpuf
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We typically don’t want less; we want more. Yet, although Americans’ income has nearly doubled in the last two decades, enabling us to have more, the proportion of Americans describing themselves as “very happy” remained at about one-third throughout this same period. The media generally urges us to keep spending and continually spend more, as if our happiness depends on it. Moreover, this contagion seems to have taken over the world.

Given the rampant nature of this global habit, is there any hope for getting us off of this consumption treadmill ? What if we could offer the prospect of more happiness and satisfaction but in a different form?

These are some questions that our Virtual Roundtable will be addressing on January 5th. Come share with us what you think!
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For many people, obtaining a stable, well-paying job that provides comforts and security is becoming a pipe dream. Due to little job growth, low wages and high rents, many young adults and former high-wage earners find themselves working two or more low-paying jobs just to make ends meet. Living a pleasant, secure life seems unattainable. Hence, the question: Is the American dream still relevant and if not, should it be redefined or dismissed altogether? 

You are invited to ponder and possibly find an answer to these questions with us on November 24th at 7pm at the Virtual Roundtable on the topic of: Overworked, Overstressed, and Disillusioned – Time to Rethink the American Dream?

You are invited.
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Each neighborhood, park, and campus should have one, at least once a week... what do you think? SoulPancake: Heart Attack - Super Soul Sunday - Oprah Winfrey Network
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"Wow, what an amazing article. I wish all workplaces would feel like a family instead of a factory... I think our entire world would benefit from it enormously, both in productivity and in people's happiness and compassion levels. Like, ENORMOUSLY." (Katya Leites, FB user)

"Perhaps more extraordinary than the lab’s contributions to microbial biology is the strength of the relationships between lab members" http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/37616/title/Bonding-in-the-Lab/
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"When we begin to believe that there is greater joy in working with and for others, rather than just for ourselves, then our society will truly become a place of celebration."
- Jean Vanier
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"It's when we start working together that the real healing takes place..."
- David Hume

"We're just a bunch of women that got together and want to help each other out"

"I was very surprised with how many people were willing to help, I didn't realize how kind people were until we did this."

"The people we are trying to help are our neighbors, their kids go to school with our kids, we see them at church, they are the folks who live and work in our community.”

http://dailynightly.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/13/20903135-shutdown-philanthropy-americans-lend-a-helping-hand-to-those-in-need?lite
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