Our Strength Lies in Our Humanity

Everything is Connected

There are times in our lives when it’s easy to forget how connected everything is. Times when life gets a little too tough and stressful and we end up paying more attention to our own well being in a way that disregards the cost and the consequences to the world out there; the people, the environment and everything else that’s a part of it. We find ourselves being selfish – not because we want to be but because circumstances force us to be.

That’s how the world got into the state that it’s in now. Here’s a neat 20 minute video that explains it all.

On this website I’ll be exploring and adding videos and articles that help to expand and explain the rich and diverse complexity of the world we live in – complex but not complicated.

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Withdrawing life support: only one person’s view matters

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Climate change: ‘We’ve created a civilisation hell bent on destroying itself – I’m terrified’, writes Earth scientist

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NASA Invites Public to Submit Names to Fly Aboard Next Mars Rover

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Bonobo mothers meddle in their sons’ sex lives – making them three times more likely to father children

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Cooking, cleaning and personal hygiene – why video games make you feel right at home

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The scandal that should force us to reconsider wellness advice from influencers

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Climate change: sea level rise could displace millions of people within two generations

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The Earth’s magnetic north pole is shifting rapidly – so what will happen to the northern lights?

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Texas Students to Speak with NASA Astronaut on International Space Station

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We’ve declared a climate emergency – here’s what universal basic income could do to help the planet

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How Japan’s renewables-powered Olympics could kick off a global race for clean energy

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Some women with psychotic disorders are more vulnerable around the time of menstruation, our analysis suggests

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NASA Taps 11 American Companies to Advance Human Lunar Landers

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