April 3, 2011

Update – Randall Butisingh Blog

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UPDATE: Randall Butisingh’s Blog

Mr Randall Butisingh is no longer publishing new posts on this blog or replying to his many e-mails, as he has done in the past.

He is now in his 99th year and has told me that he had to stop his work on the computer due to his failing eyesight  and of course his reduced energy level.

This blog was created on October 21, 2007  and has over 650 entries on a wide range of subjects.  Although Mr. Butisingh no longer inserts new items, it still receives almost 5,000 hits per month as readers log in to read his items, especially the entries on his philosophy, poetry and life story.

As a Guest Contributor and technical advisor I check the status of this Blog to see if there are requests that need attention.  I am, however, not able to guarantee that Mr. Butisingh would be able to respond due to his health. 

I will inform you accordingly if there is any further news from him.  In the meanime enjoy his many entries… just do a search and read on!

Kindest regards,

Cyril Bryan.  Guest Contributor and friend.

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August 22, 2010

Guyanese Online Newsletters

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Guyanese Online Newsletters

Guyanese Online Newsletters

The first monthly Guyanese Online Newsletter was published in March 2010.

The newsletters and this Blog are the creation of Cyril Bryan, as his contribution to the Guyana Diaspora who want to be informed about news from Guyana, as well as the historical and cultural articles that keep us all connected to the “Guyanese cultural experience”.

These newsletters are filled with news from Guyana as well as news from Guyanese Associations worldwide.  there are also articles in the Arts and Culture category, history, education, tourism and cuisine.  Most issues have a theme and you should find them very interesting.  Enjoy!!

Here are the Newsletters published by Guyanese Online:

Please go to the Guyanese Online Website/Blog for the latest Newsletters

Here is the link to all of the newsletters: http://guyaneseonline.wordpress.com/2010/07/26/guyanese-online-newsletters/

 Here is the Blog address :http://guyaneseonline.wordpress.com/

I hope that you enjoy reading these newsletters

Cyril Bryan. Editor and Publisher.

July 13, 2010

Guyanese Online Newsletter – July 2010

Posted in Newsletters tagged , at 3:42 pm by randallbutisingh

Above: Masthead for July 2010 Newsletter featuring the Last Lap Lime

Guyanese Online Newsletter – July

Guyanese Online -July-2010- < Click here to download

The  colourful July 2010 Newsletter has been published.

It features the Toronto Last lap Lime and Caribana, and is packed with news from various Associations …  Please Check it out!.

Please note:  The Official Scotiabank Caribana™ Festival website link is at:http://www.caribanafestival.com/

I do hope that you enjoy the issue and its contents.

We look forward to your comments . Send them to Cyril Bryan  E:mail address cybryan@gmail.com

Web blog address: http://guyaneseonline.wordpress.com/

Thanks for visiting!  Please pass on the web blog site name and newsletter to your family and friends.

Cyril Bryan.  Editor/ Publisher

October 21, 2009

Our Second Weblog Anniversary – Oct 21, 2009

Posted in Awards, Messages tagged , , , , , , , at 5:07 am by randallbutisingh

MY MESSAGE ON THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF MY WEBLOG

October 21, 2009.

Today marks the second anniversary of the inauguration of my Weblog on October 21, 2007.   I wish to thank all those, my editors, contributors and technical advisers, the sources from which I got inspiration, my interviewers, and you, my viewers from all over the world, of every language and clime; without whose inputs my Weblog could not have earned the success it has.   Recently, the Blog won the Graypow Award for distinguished blogging by an over 80 blogger. It is confirmed that I am now the oldest person running a Blog, and I am also the oldest person with an operating Facebook account.

The Weblog has been endeavouring all along to post meaningful content. As the philosopher White puts it; “The best test of any writing is its serviceableness for the moral and spiritual needs of men”.

I have tried by exhortation and example to teach values like perseverance, compassion, service, care for the environment, friendship, unity, love and most of all; it is never too late to learn.

In less than two months, I will have reached my 97th year of my sojourn here on Mother Earth.  I have not as one of my erudite colleague told me of himself; “I have gone into complete retirement”.  I believe that once you have life and can think, you need not spend the remainder of the winter of your years in hibernation, but with the experiences you have garnered. Live a twilight of usefulness.

My final engagement before my anniversary is to record the reminiscences of my life which I had prepared some time ago, and which with the help of my editor and technical advisers, I am now happy to record.

I may or may not live to see another anniversary.  On my last visit to the doctor, I was diagnosed as having a weak heart and will need a pacer, but I have decided against using it.   I feel as good as ever.   So with the limited time at my disposal, I have to live today as if it was my last, but work as if I will live forever.

I wish you all, my dear viewers, fulfillment and happy blogging.

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COMMENT from Cyril Bryan:

Today marks the second anniversary of this blog which had its first entry on October 21, 2009.  On our first anniversary we talked about how the Weblog was started and how we had achieved so much in such a short time.  I am truly glad that I am one of the persons responsible in helping “Teacher Randall” (T.R.) to start his blog with my technical support, and the selection of some entries with my comments as a “Guest Contributor” over the last two years.

He has said that my support has encouraged him to be even more dynamic with his Weblog inputs and comments, and has made him new friends, and connected him with past colleagues, students and friends around the world.  It is a pleasure that I was able to do this for a man whose world vision is similar to mine, especially in regard to the “Indivisibility of Mankind”, and the belief in “Lifelong Learning”.

This second year has passed quite quickly and the popularity of the Weblog has grown.  To date we have had almost 64,000 viewers to some 610 entries which include news items, videos and articles of interest, historical articles and pictures of Guyana, articles from various contributors, philosophy, psychology, education, and of course the articles, poetry and the many comments from Randall Butisingh to the content of the Blog and his correspondence with readers.

This month Teacher Randall begun to publish: “My Story” – The Reminiscences of Randall Butisingh since 1913.  This is a truly gripping tale of a man living for over nine decades in a changing world, battling poverty, battling the integration process of different cultures; being accepted for who he is; and being able to fully actualize the reason for his sojourn here on Earth.  Life in the early 1900’s was drastically different from life today, but T.R. battled on searching for meaning; searching for relevance; searching for his inner abilities that could transform others through his teaching; searching for inner security and his actualization through his poetry, religious studies and firm beliefs in personal education and lifelong learning. I am sure that everyone would find his story an interesting one.

I think that this Weblog has served a great purpose for many others as it has awakened many, especially older people to the fact that being “old” does not mean being discarded to the dustbin of history.  T.R. has told me that he gets correspondence from all over the world from people who are proud of what he is doing and who are emulating his strong beliefs of lifelong learning.   Even I was surprised when he told me recently that he had joined FACEBOOK, the social networking site, and invited me to be his friend on that site. He is now not only the “World’s Oldest Blogger” but most likely the oldest FACEBOOK member. Congratulations Teacher Randall!

We do hope that Teacher Randall continues with his good work for us all in the coming year and for many years to come.

Happy Weblog Anniversary Teacher Randall!

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TRIBUTE by Patanjali Ramlall – Guest Contributor

It is with pleasure and wonderment that I dedicate this tribute to Guruji Randall Butisingh.

My earliest memories of Guruji go back to 1956, when I was in 1st standard at Lusignan Anglican School, now Lusignan Government, East Coast Demerara, British Guiana, now Guyana. I often read the proverbs that he posted on the wall, behind my class, three of which were:

LEARNING IS BETTER THAN SILVER AND GOLD; SILENCE IS GOLDEN; and CLEANLINESS IS NEXT TO GODLINESS.

He practiced and lived them all. He was always the consummate teacher and guide, never causing pupils to be scared of him, teaching in a compassionate manner, going that extra ten miles, e.g. Gardening, Art, Poems, etc. I never heard him lift his voice to any student, and some of his words were in the colloquial manner of the day, trying to accommodate his young charges who were then trying to grapple with Standard English; and he had a knack for doing the right thing without pretense or offense. All of these qualities he not only lived, but continued to improve on them visibly and by hard work over the years.

He continues to be a guide, teacher, a poet, philosopher, always in the pursuit of knowledge – in art, music, language(s), comparative religion, etc. Most of all, to continue to impart his life’s knowledge and share his wisdom with us is quite an accomplishment in his 98th year.

He was my Headmaster when I passed the School Leaving examination and left school at age thirteen in 1962.  Never could I, at that time have dreamt that he would continue to be my teacher and that we would have this avuncular relationship, now at my age 60. First: he was my teacher, then Headmaster, friend, philosopher, historian, poet, and now I am a guest contributor on his blog.

While I was on a Shrimping trawler off the coast of South America, (Brasil, French Guiana, Surinam, to name a few), from age 15 to 22, I never thought that I could touch base with this humble man again, and that I would be privileged to have him at my home as an honoured guest. His blog has greatly enlightened me and improved my awareness of life and the world. I gained a lot from his tireless writings and insight, and I wish him good health and strength to continue his great work for as long as possible.

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Tribute by CYRIL A. SARJOO, former teacher at Lusignan Primary School –

I have known Teacher Randall since the 1950’s. Now he is the world’s most senior blogger and  I wish to congratulate him on the 2nd anniversary of his weblog.

I am proud that he is a Guyanese and I am honored to have known and worked with him.

I have been reading his weblog and made a few contributions.

He has accomplished quite a lot academically and spiritually.

His spiritual revelations and his relationship with and his obedience to God have caused God to bless him and keep him alive to this golden age of 98 years.

His philosophy of life as evinced in his poetry and blog is very inspiring.

His many and varied accomplishments have earned him several international and local honors and awards and even a painting by a renowned Indian artist.

I wish him all the best and pray that Almighty God will continue to bless him with good health and spiritual strength.

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Tribute by Lyndon Barton

Dear Teacher Randall,

CONGRATULATIONS! on the 2nd anniversary of your weblog, and best wishes for your continued success.

As one of the readers and occasional contributor to this weblog, I am happy to see the way it has evolved to become a unique global forum that not only shines a positive light on our homeland GUYANA and the Guyanese culture, but also one that affords readers the world over a rare opportunity to gain valuable insights into your longevity and philosophy of life, which you so willingly share though your poems, thoughts for the day, inspirational messages, personal interviews, and recent book “My Story.”

For all this, I, personally, feel privileged and proud to be your former pupil, then a colleague, and now a friend.

Keep up the good work!

Lyndon

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Tribute by Rampersaud Tiwari.

Randall Butisingh will be 97 on December 1, 2009. He is the world’s oldest Blogger and probably the oldest Buxtonian alive. He was and still is a teacher, educator, writer, poet, artist, Hindi scholar and iconic community leader. I am now in my 77th year, and I am privileged to have known him since my early childhood years in our native Buxton Village on the East Coast of Demerara in Guyana, South America.

This tribute on the 2nd Anniversary of Randall Butisingh’s Web Blog is to me a kind of celebration of his achievements and his contributions during a long and useful life. At this distance in time, I can only dimly imagine the struggles, sacrifices and efforts he must have made in his journey in life.  As I reflect on his life, I remember hearing a Hindu Vedic recitation of “a Light that shines beyond all things on earth and beyond the highest, the very highest of the heavens. This is the Light that shines in the Heart” – taken from the Chandogya Upanishad; and which in my view epitomizes the spiritual qualities that helped to shape the human values that shine in his heart.

Randall’s parents were part of a small number of indentured Indian immigrants who had completed their terms of indenture or had been expelled from the neighboring sugar estates who settled in Buxton in the closing years of the 19th century. Randall’s father was a Koker Attendant in the village.  With good schooling as the objective for their children, Randall’s parents encouraged him to pursue his studies at school with dedication and diligence at a time when many East Indian children of school age, for historical and economic reasons, were unable or refused to attend school and get an education. From the time Randall started his primary schooling, he was a student who tried to achieve his best although he was not one of the brightest students.

The defining moment in Randall’s scholastic career arrived in 1925, when at 12 years old, he secured 62% of the marks in the examination for the Buxton Scholarship. The other successful candidates were Ballbir Ballgreeme Nehaul with 80%, who later became a medical doctor, and Claude Holder with 61%. The Scholarship was awarded to Ballgreeme Nehaul, who became the first Buxton scholarship winner.  However, Randall Butisingh’s 62% could have secured his placement in the prestigious Queen’s College, but this was not to be, as his parents could not afford the expenses for him to do so.

This missed opportunity did not prevent Randall from becoming a Teacher and serving at all relevant levels leading ultimately to Acting Headmaster, the status from which he retired the Guyana Teaching Service in 1972. A significant feature of his career was his mastery of the Hindi language which was a subject in the national examinations for teachers in the colony. In later years, he helped to promote the teaching of Hindi in extra mural classes at the University of Guyana (UG) through the good offices of the Indian High Commission in Guyana, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the Hindi Prachar Sabha of which he was a founding member.

Randall Butisingh was also a founding member of the Indian National Congress of Buxton. Patterned after the Indian National Congress of undivided India, the Buxton Congress was established in 1946. The objectives of the Buxton Congress were to promote strong bonding feelings of communal harmony and nationalism in Guyana and to persuade the British to “QUIT BG” since the country was then a colony of the United Kingdom.

“APADANA SOBHINI PANNA” – WISDOM BEAUTIFIES CHARACTER: from Buddhist Pali.

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Tribute from Miles A. Hintzen

Congratulations, sir, on the second anniversary of your blog.  Kudos also to the associates – editors, technicians, and others – who have helped you launch and maintain this wonderful and scintillating site on the internet.

It was only earlier this year, on my own personal journey to trace the roots of my biological father, that I stumbled on your Weblog.   Since then I count myself blessed for this fortuitous accident which has now transformed me from a man on a genealogical expedition to a servant of God on that most meaningful of all journeys – the travel along life’s highways in search of the true meaning of life and its purpose beyond the realm of physical being.

Sir, your pieces have helped me along and have added tremendously to my understanding the real destiny of man and woman on this earth and in the hereafter.  The short time that I have had the pleasure of your distinguished acquaintance has already surpassed multiple lifelong associations with others in providing me with food for thought on the most pressing matters of the day.  To be sure, it has opened my eyes to the beauty of life and shown me how a single individual can so value and utilize every precious moment that Almighty God has given him to make the world a better place .

You, sir, are a living legend. Would that God in his infinite wisdom should allow you another century on this planet or several more decades to illumiate us with your keen observations and lifelong experiences.

On further reflection, sir, that would probably be unfair to God, for while we here do need you so badly, learned teacher, there awaits for you in another phase of existence, rewards, fulfillment, and honor befitting of how well you have shown us the paths to our own successes, happiness, and destinies.

I only pray that God will see fit in his benevolence grant us the blessing of your presence among us for a very, very long time, before requesting the pleasure of your presence elsewhere!

Congrats again, sir…and may God keep you in good health!

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October 7, 2009

“My Story” by Randall Butisingh

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“My Story” – by Randall Butisingh.

(Reminiscences during my life beginning 1914)

PREFACE

My aim in writing this book is to leave a first hand account of my experiences of events which occurred from eighteen months after I was born to the year 1972 when I retired as a teacher after serving for more than forty years.

This is a legacy I would like to leave to posterity, as I am sure many would be interested to know how they came to be living in this land and the life and work of their forefathers..

I call this work Reminiscences because I want to include more than my own life.   I want to include events which would give a broader picture of a people who emerged from semi-slavery  and, with other people,  helped to build this nation which was once the Pride of the Caribbean, the Bread basket of the West Indies and a Haven for foreigners who enjoyed its   equable and salubrious climate, and its freedom from natural disasters..

British Guiana as it was known for a long time, since the days of slavery, was called the Magnificent Province,.   Georgetown, its Capital was known as the Garden City,    But time and changes have left their baneful effects – Ethnic rivalry, brain drain, corruption and economic failure.

I trust this book will help, in whatever little way,  to see ourselves as one people, whose survival depends on unity, not division, on cooperation not competition, on peace not war.

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INTRODUCTION

As we approach the second anniversary of our Weblog this month: (October 21, 2009), I think that it is an opportune time to release my book promised some time ago.

I wrote the chapters of this book over the years, and revised it a bit over the last couple of years. It is titled “My Story”, and it contains the reminiscences of my life beginning in 1913. I have tried to write it in a chronological order as my life has spanned over nine decades, however this was not always possible. I may have repeated myself in some places, but this was done mostly for clarity as this book could be read as separate chapters and still makes sense to the reader.

To date, I have written 30 chapters and I will post the chapters as they are finally edited. As an online book I will be able to make changes and corrections if some information is incomplete or found to be incorrect. .. So this is still a work in progress!

Your input as readers is therefore important to me…. so please comment!

My thanks to Mr. Cyril Bryan who has helped me over the last two years with technical matters relating to the suggestion and the establishment of this Weblog, and for the editing of this document.

Today, October 07 2009, I started the posting with this Introduction and the first three chapters. The rest of the 30 chapters will follow shortly. Please look above, or on the sidebar, for the links to the various chapters.

I look forward to your comments, and please pass my weblog link to others who may be interested in my writings.

Thank you all!

Randall Butisingh

October 7, 2009.

October 1, 2009

The Extra Degree

Posted in Economics, Philosophy tagged , , at 3:24 am by randallbutisingh

The Extra Degree

As a leader in a company, how would you like to create a culture of excellence; where your people serve each customer with passion and serve each other with respect? Would you like to have a culture where the team worked together to achieve common goals and each employee consistently strived to get better; where smiles and positive attitudes were the norm and not the exception?

It would be a safe bet to guess that your answer would be…where do I sign?

One thing that has been proven many times is…a culture of excellence will not happen on its own! It takes a lot of work and a lot of continuous reinforcement. It starts at the top and answering these 3 questions is a first step for success:

  1. How do I keep it simple? Less is always more.
  2. How can I make it memorable?
  3. How many times can I communicate it, on a daily, weekly and monthly basis?

To some this may sound like simple, common sense stuff. But to do it right, it’s anything but simple. It takes a plan, a commitment, and a call to action. Enter 212°: The Extra Degree:

At 211 degrees…water is hot.
At 212 degrees…it boils.
And with boiling water, comes steam.
And steam can power a locomotive.
And, it’s that one extra degree that…
Makes all the difference.

And, of course, so many times, in business and in life, it’s that one extra degree of effort that separates the good from the great. What I love about the 212° idea is that you can use it to fit your own needs. It may be 212° service that you’d like to reinforce, or 212° attitude, leadership, or quality. Or maybe, you’ll choose to build your entire company culture around the 212° concept…to differentiate you from your competition.

However, what makes the 212° concept #1 in my mind is this: It’s very simple, but more importantly, it’s MEMORABLE! If you’re trying to create a 212° culture your people will get it! And, not only will they get it – they’ll remember it! When you say 212° service, they’ll know exactly what you’re talking about; when you say 212° attitude, teamwork, leadership; they’ll understand.

— An excerpt from 212°: The Extra Degree by Mac Anderson and Sam Parker

Submitted by Cyril Bryan – Guest Contributor.

Comment:

Although this entry which has been posted by me is focused on business and the attitude of employees within the business, I thought it was a good entry for this Blog.

In life, we should not separate business from other aspects of our life … Why?

Because everything is connected. You cannot fake your personality at work for long… eventually your real self will be revealed. It is the same with all aspects of daily life. Faking a persona may make you ego feel important as you present a personality package that is really not your real self. This is a tiring process as it takes real energy to keep such a facade  up on a daily basis. It is therefore much better to look inward and  “find your real self ” and project that as YOU.  Life would become so less stressful!

Maybe you are ashamed of the real YOU. Well, if you are, then do something about  it to make that YOU a more perfect YOU as time goes by. Remember we all have positive and negative aspects in our persona… the Ying and the Yang, so we have to accept both as no one is perfect. However we should all try to be more emotionally intelligent. We must try to be better persons each day and promote the positive values that would aid in the making of a better world during our relatively short sorjorn here.

Cyril Bryan

September 17, 2009

Pres. Carter Video on Racism in the USA

Posted in USA politics tagged , , , , at 5:21 am by randallbutisingh

President Carter Video on Racism in the USA

Comment:

This video is an excerpt from an upcoming detailed TV interview with former President  Carter who would soon be celebrating his 85th birthday.

In this video he says that the vitriolic outbursts and heated debate that surrounds the Obama presidency is based on racism, especially from the “Southern States”. He should know what he is talking about as he is from Georgia, a southern state.

The tough economic times in the USA is not the making of the Obama administration. President Obama’s efforts to get a sustainable and efficient health care system in place has been opposed by the lobbyists  who try to control the Congressional members with their financial and other support. President Obama’s recent speech to Congress on Health Care clearly stated the various options and points of view, and these were not radical proposals. However, there are those who are committed to oppose the changes he has in store for the USA, beginning with health care, which he believes must be fixed for America to progress as a modern nation.

It would be quite interesting to see if the USA will change or at least control its underlying racist behavior and address its problems realistically in this amazing than the technology, worldwide communications and science than we have already witnessed in the last 20  years. An unhealthy and relatively expensive USA, with high health care costs that could financially cripple individuals and families, physically and economically, does not prepare the USA for this new global reality.

Racism has to be discarded  – knowledge and efficiency and commitment has to be promoted for that country to compete, so the USA has to make a choice. They did so by electing President Obama, but there are those bent on seeing him fail without realizing that their actions may make the  USA less powerful nation in the future as this 21st century unfolds.

– Cyril Bryan

– Post submitted by Cyril BryanGuest Contributor

August 10, 2009

Deaf-Mutes Perform:Thousand-Hand Guan Yin

Posted in Art : Beauty, Education, Philosophy, Poetry tagged , , , , , , at 2:09 am by randallbutisingh

This video has been submitted by Cyril Bryan – Guest Contributor, for inclusion in the Randall Butisingh Weblog.

This is an awesome dance called the Thousand-Hand Guan Yin, which is very popular on the Internet, with over six million views to date. All the 21 dancers in this troupe are deaf-mutes. Considering the tight coordination required, their accomplishment is nothing short of amazing, even if they were not all deaf. They rely only on signals from trainers at the four corners of the stage, these extraordinary dancers deliver a visual spectacle that is at once intricate and stirring. Its first major international debut was in  Athens at the closing ceremonies for the 2004 Paralympics. But it had long been in the repertoire of the Chinese Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe which has traveled to more than 40 countries.
Its lead dancer is 29 year old Tai Lihua, who has a BA from the Hubei Fine Arts Institute.The video was recorded in  Beijing during the Spring Festival in 2006.

I have included this video as it exemplifies the philosophy of this Weblog of personal development irrespective of the setbacks or seeming shortcomings that one may have.

— Cyril Bryan

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Please click on the following link to view the video:

Deaf-Mutes Perform \”Thousand-Hand Guan Yin\”

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As long as you are kind and there is love in your heart
A thousand hands will naturally come to your aid
As long as you are kind and there is love in your heart
You will reach out with a thousand hands to help others.

Guan Yin is the bodhisattva of compassion, revered by Buddhists as the Goddess of Mercy. Her name is short for Guan Shi Yin. Guan means to observe, watch, or monitor; Shi means the world; Yin means sounds, specifically sounds of those who suffer. Thus, Guan Yin is a compassionate being who watches for, and responds to, the people in the world who cry out for help.

July 30, 2009

Invitation for participation from viewers

Posted in Messages tagged , , at 2:51 am by randallbutisingh

Dear viewers,

I have been continually posting articles on various topics in my weblog for the past 22 months to the neglect of my other interests.  I desire to slow my pace so as to pursue art.  Of course I will still be contributing artcles and ideas on a regular basis.

 It has been the policy of this Weblog to invite guest contributors, so I am opening this weblog to you, my worthy viewers, to make contributions which as White puts it,” will be serviceable for the moral and spiritual needs of men”; and if I may add for his physical and mental health  or for good human relations.  Check the topics we post and the issues we deal with, and you will be on the right track.  So happy blogging.

My indefatigable and dedicated partner Cyril Bryan will judge the worthiness of your contributions.

Send your contributions to:

randallbutisingh@hotmail.com or/and cybryan@hotmail.com

Peace and blessings,

— Randall Butisingh.

June 27, 2009

What is Happiness?

Posted in Economics, Education, Friendship, Philosophy tagged , , , , , at 9:07 pm by randallbutisingh

What Is Happiness?:  tips from a comprehensive study.

“Is there a formula—some mix of love, work, and psychological adaptation—for a good life? For 72 years, researchers at Harvard have been examining this question, following 268 men who entered college in the late 1930s through war, career, marriage and divorce, parenthood and grandparenthood, and old age. Here, for the first time, a journalist gains access to the archive of one of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies in history. Its contents, as much literature as science, offer profound insight into the human condition—and into the brilliant, complex mind of the study’s longtime director, George Vaillant. (The Atlantic – June 2009)

.Atlantic Magazine published an article in June 2009,  which features the results of an interesting and comprehensive  72 year old study, that began way back to 1937 and continues up to now, of  the lives of 286 Harvard university graduates. Many of the study members have passed on as the study group advances in age, but the study highlights some interesting insights on their lives that we can all learn from.

What HAPPINESS is all about is the main theme of the study. Journalist Joshua Shenk, who wrote the article in Atlantic Magazine summed up the findings as: “Herein lies the key to a good life–not rules to follow, nor problems to avoid– but an engaged humility, an earnest acceptance of life’s pains and promises.”

.You can read the whole article and also look at a very interesting video with the article by going to this link : Atlantic Magazine. or clicking on the following address:

http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200906/happiness

If you would like to see the video that is in the article, then click on this link:

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1460906593?bctid=22804415001

I do hope that you enjoy the article and the video and that it does give you some insights as to what is really important in our life journey here on Earth.

– Cyril Bryan, Guest Contributor

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