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10+ Controversial Cartoon Images & The Life Lessons They Teach

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The world at times can be a pretty scary place to live, especially when most of us have been raised to believe in well intentioned fairytales, that give rise to utopian perceptions, like the prince always saves the girl; kindness and integrity are always rewarded and recognized; and the good guys always win, thus absolving us of any real personal responsibility to take meaningful action to create positive change.

It’s a very intoxicating and alluring notion, but as we get older we begin to discover these stories are just myths. Many people, however, simply replace these childhood fantasies and illusions with their adult counterparts; Hollywood films featuring the proverbial prince saving the day are all too common. Love stories with a sweet intoxicating happy ending are guaranteed, and no matter what happens – no matter how bad it may get – we can always be sure the good guys will always win; which is an illusion that is also featured prominently in politics and in many religions, once again freeing us from any personal responsibility because someone else will clean up the mess and save the day.

Unfortunately these stories are simply not true when we take an objective look at our society my friends. Bad things often times happen to good people, injustice and corruption often dominate our world, and although Santa rewards those who are good, this system often rewards those who are bad. Worse still, some of the kindest and most altruistic people on the planet struggle financially, or are even homeless, and sadly the good guys don’t always win. Unfortunately, it’s much easier for us to simply believe that a hero will save us all, than the inconvenient struggle of having to save ourselves – both individually and collectively.

Now, I’m not suggesting our children cannot enjoy their favorite fairytales, or we cannot watch our favorite movies, since they have the power to inspire us to hope and dream, and think beyond our circumstances, and even teach us important life lessons, but a clear distinction needs to be made between fantasy and reality, and that is what inspired me to share these images that I collected from around the internet.

If  you have the ability to communicate intelligently with your children, and you feel as though they are mature enough, these images may be helpful to teach them about some of the issues we face in society. I believe we have a duty to teach them the Truth, so that they will learn early what took us far too long to figure out.

“It Is Health That Is True Wealth, And Not Pieces Of Gold & Silver”

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Artist Credit: Steve Cutts

Teach them about the importance of physical exercise, and eating healthy, and how they are directly linked to happiness and overall wellbeing.

We only get one body, so we must take good care of it. It does not matter how much money we make, how many friends we have, or how cool we might look to others, if we are unhealthy or sick, we cannot be truly happy or successful in life.

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Artist Credit: Caldwell Tanner

You Are Responsible For Your Own Happiness

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Artist Credit: Dina Goldstein

Teach them that getting involved in a relationship without fully knowing who someone is, is foolish. Just because you met someone and felt feelings of infatuation does not mean “it was meant to be,” and it doesn’t guarantee you will live “happily ever after” just because you saw it in a movie.

 

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Artist Credit: Steve Cutts

First learn about who you are, your dreams, your hopes and your desires. Most of us don’t even understand ourselves, and we have our own issues, but instead of fixing our insecurities and problems we expect someone else to do it for us.

First develop a relationship with yourself and learn how to make yourself happy, or you’ll end up in a relationship where both of you eventually are sad.

How We React To Bad Times Determines Our Future

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Artist Credit: Jose Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros

Teach them they will experience heart break, and pain in life, that much is certain. How we choose to react to these struggles, however, is a choice. If we choose to respond intelligently, we will develop the habit to handle our problems and drama in life intelligently, and will grow stronger and wiser because of it. But if we react foolishly, by turning to alcohol, drugs, and other similar temporary escapes, we will only create more problems for ourselves.

Animal Cruelty

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Artist Credit: Tom Ward 

Teach them that animals value their freedom just as much as we do, and if we do not advocate for their freedom, then we are indirectly supporting their slavery.

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Artist Credit: NostalgicChills

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Teach them about where those fashionable fur coats and designer clothes really come from…

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Artist Credit: Saint Hoax

Happiness Comes From Within

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Artist Credit: Jose Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros

Teach them that what they see on TV and magazines is often time PhotoShopped and fake. And that happiness and sadness, peace and stress, confidence and insecurity, are all feelings that can only come from within, so we must focus on developing our inner strength, and learning to control ourselves from the inside, instead of obsessing over our external image which ironically tends to just amplify the feelings of insecurity and not being good enough.

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Artist Credit: Jose Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros

Teach them that real strength comes from within us, and has nothing to do with how we look on the outside.

There Are Bad People In This World

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Artist Credit: Jose Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros

Teach them that there are unfortunately some bad people in this world who pretend to be good, and the only way we can actually discover who they really are is not by looking at them, or what job they do, but by observing their actions and behavior very closely, because they are experts at hiding their true intentions. We must teach them about personal boundaries and space, so that no one sexually violates them without them understanding because they are too young.

Make them aware that they can always trust you and speak to you, no matter what happens, even if they are threatened. Your children must always feel safe to talk to you about anything without fearing an emotional irrational aggressive reaction. Teach them that these bad people only have power when good people remain silent or do not stand up against them, and the way they can stand up is by coming to you as a parent and always being honest and open with you. It is our job as adults to believe our kids, regardless of how crazy their claims may seem we must listen and investigate, because if a child is dismissed one time, they may never tell anyone again.

Often times we want to shelter our children from the evils of this world, but that will only leave them unprepared and easy prey for those who mean to do them harm. This can also result in a lifetime of trauma and pain, and sometimes even suicide. No, educate them and empower them on how to deal with the darkness of this world intelligently and calmly. If they do not learn about this from their own parent, who will teach them?

We All Have A Duty To Take Care Of This Beautiful Planet

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Artist Credit: Tom Ward 

Teach them to respect our beautiful planet, and that even though no one can do everything, everyone can do something, and we should all try to make this world a better place.

Technology Can Distract Us From What Matters Most

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Artist Credit: Tom Ward 

Teach them that technology is a remarkable tool when used appropriately, but it can only put us in touch with people artificially, there is no substitute for authentic human connection, which is something we as human beings crave.

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Artist Credit: Tom Ward 

Teach them that they are also capable of doing amazing things that have never been done before – legendary things – but they can only achieve these goals through focus. And because they are living in a world that is drowning in more distractions than any time in known history, they need to practice strengthening their minds, or they will turn into just another consumer for the system.

Life Can Seem Very Unfair Sometimes, But We Must Never Give Up

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Artist Credit: Alexsandro Palombo

As we get older, we discover that life can be very unfair sometimes – at least according to our limited human perception – and our children should be taught this lesson before life abruptly slaps them in the face with it.

But no matter how hard it gets, and no matter how difficult our circumstances may become, we must do our very best not to give up, or lose hope. Because it is through our struggles that we learn and grow, and often times find great meaning and purpose in life.

The super heroes of this world are not the movie stars and actors playing pretend on the big screen. No, the super heroes of this world are the survivors that never give up!

If you know of other artists worth sharing, please comment below.

Written by Gavin Nascimento, Founder of aNewKindOfHuman.com

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Psilocybin mushrooms sprout in the blood of an ‘experimental’ patient

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Image: Giphy.com

US doctors described the story of a man who tried to relieve depression with psilocybin mushrooms in an unconventional way. He injected an intravenous infusion of mushrooms, causing the mushrooms to continue to multiply in his blood and cause multiple organ failure. The case was reported in the Journal of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry.

Many drugs that people traditionally use as psychedelics are increasingly becoming the focus of medical attention. Some of them have already been repurposed and started clinical trials: for example, micro-doses of LSD have proven to be at least safe in the case of Alzheimer’s disease, and psilocybin has helped patients with  migraines and  depression. Often in such experiments we are talking about microdosing – that is, the mass of the substance is not enough for a psychoactive effect.

The story of an American who decided to experiment on his own was described by doctors led by Curtis McKnight of Creighton University School of Medicine. According to relatives, the 30-year-old American suffered from bipolar disorder, but shortly before the incident stopped taking his prescribed medications and suffered from alternating states of mania and depression.

When he stumbled upon research on the potential benefits of psychedelics, he boiled psilocybin mushrooms and injected the filtered solution into his vein. A few days after this experiment, relatives found him in a lethargic state with jaundice, diarrhea and bloody vomiting and took him to the hospital.

Doctors discovered the patient had a problem with multiple organs at once: acute renal failure, liver damage, tachycardia, and low blood saturation and ionic imbalance. He was prescribed droppers to normalize the composition of the blood, vasoconstrictors to raise blood pressure, antibiotics and antifungal drugs. Despite this, he developed septic shock and DIC (excessive blood clotting) and needed plasmapheresis. Only eight days later he was discharged from the intensive care unit, and at the time of publication of the article he had already been in the hospital for 22 days.

In the patient’s blood tests, in addition to the Brevibacillus bacteria , there were also Psilocybe cubensis fungi  – the same ones from which he injected himself intravenously. Apparently, due to insufficient filtration of the solution, the fungi entered the bloodstream and multiplied there, causing intoxication and multiple organ failure.

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The authors of the work note that this is not the first such case – at least in the 80s of the 20th century, doctors already described a patient with similar symptoms after an intravenous injection. Therefore, McKnight and coauthors warn their colleagues: since psychedelics are increasingly used as a medicine (at the end of 2020, they began to legalize it in the United States), it is important to remind patients of the inadmissibility of self-therapy. Intravenous administration can be dangerous – doctors still do not know if it has the same psychoactive effect as the classical methods of administration.

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A part of a person’s essence accompanies him throughout his life: this is confirmed by a brain scan

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A new method of scanning the human brain has produced amazing results. It turns out that in every person there is a certain part of his essence, which accompanies him all his life from the moment of birth to death.

Scientists believe that this is the core of a person’s self-awareness. It combines memories of the past with fleeting sensations of reality and provides a basis for anticipation of events in the future.

It turned out that a certain part of a person’s consciousness is consistent as they grow older and older.

For centuries, scientists and philosophers have been interested in the question: can this sense of “personal self” be stable throughout life? A new psychological study with the results of a brain scan made it possible to conclude that a certain part of a person’s consciousness really accompanies him throughout his life.

It is consistent as it gets older and older. Miguel Rubianes, a neuroscientist at the Complutense University of Madrid, says the aim of the study was to answer the question: Are we the same person throughout life? In combination with the results of other studies, scientists have concluded that there is a certain component that remains stable from birth to death.

The other part of consciousness remains susceptible to current changes. The scientists recognized independence as the basis of identity. And every time a person uses the word “I”, he means a thread that connects together all the events and experiences that have occurred in life.

Experience gained over the years changes a person, changes the components of his identity. Each case associated with personal experiences, a broken heart, a successful career step, expected or unexpected failure lead to the fact that a person compares himself to himself before and after these events. It is a neurological programming scheme that involves visual self-knowledge as an indicator of connection with your impressions of yourself.

This effect makes it possible to cope with memories and recognition of information when it is associated, for example, with one’s own photograph of an infant. Although this principle has a lot of evidence, scientists believe that the very mechanism of the brain involved in this remains a mystery.

This study was published in the journal Psychophysiology.

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Beauty and diversity of our world: 10 movies that will make time stop

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In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we sometimes do not notice how time flies past us, what miracles surround us. We do not have time to listen to the rustle of leaves in the wind and we miss those minutes when the crimson moon hangs at the very horizon.

Below are 10 films that reflect the beauty and diversity of our world. You watch such a movie and forget about everything.

Kytice

Beauty and diversity of our world: 10 movies that will make time stop

7 fairy tales-ballads based on Czech folklore are filmed colorfully and poetically. 

They endure a time when people were closer to nature, believed in miracles and the spirits of the forest, when the terrible and the beautiful were merged together.

Ashes and snow

Beauty and diversity of our world: 10 movies that will make time stop

Gregory Colbert’s documentary has no plot, but it attracts with its stunning, unrestrained beauty, reflecting the unity of man with nature.

The film was shot for 13 years in the most exotic corners of our planet: Burma, Ethiopia, India, Antarctica, Sri Lanka, Tonga islands and many other picturesque places.

The fountain

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The main character Thomas tries to find a cure for his wife Isabelle. Every day she gets worse, and he cannot be near, because he puts experiments in the laboratory. In his soul, love, the desire to be with Isabelle and the desire to extend her life are fighting. 

Darren Aronofsky’s philosophical drama was filmed in vivid colors, despite the fact that the director did not use computer special effects.

Samsara

Beauty and diversity of our world: 10 movies that will make time stop

This is a beautiful one and a half hour trip to the most amazing places on the planet. 

Director Ron Fricke showed the inextricable connection of all people and events on earth, the cycle of death and birth, the versatility of our world, where beauty coexists with nondescriptness, and the end means the beginning.

The Bear

Beauty and diversity of our world: 10 movies that will make time stop

The story of a bear cub that lost its mother and nailed to a large wounded bear. Together they have to go through many trials, the worst of which is meeting the hunters. 

The wonderful plot of the film is combined with stunning music that helps you immerse yourself in the world of nature and feel it with your whole body.

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

Beauty and diversity of our world: 10 movies that will make time stop

The harsh Siberian nature, untouched by man, the majestic Yenisei River and the small village of Bakhta with a simple way of life. 

People live and survive in these parts, rely only on themselves and also ask only themselves. Four seasons – four lifestyles for each of them.

August Rush

Beauty and diversity of our world: 10 movies that will make time stop

Young musician August Rush does not know his parents, but he really wants to find them and for some reason is sure that if he plays, they will hear and recognize him by his music. 

Mesmerizing music permeates the entire film and works wonders to dispel the evil spell of separation.

Baraka

Beauty and diversity of our world: 10 movies that will make time stop

A documentary masterpiece, a philosophical essay accompanied by superb cinematography and music, goes without words. The only and main actor here is life in all its diversity and unity. 

The gaze of a monkey sitting in a hot pond is equal to all the depths of cold space, and the dances of the aborigines are synchronized with the movements of the forest.

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring

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This is a beautiful and unhurried philosophical parable about a wheel of time moving into infinity. Each time, with the beginning of a new cycle of rotation, life on earth is renewed, and everyone has the opportunity for a new rebirth. 

The film by Korean director Kim Ki-dook tells about two monks – a teacher and his student – and the obstacles that must be overcome on the way to finding harmony.

Chronos

Beauty and diversity of our world: 10 movies that will make time stop

The main characters of the documentary narration are cultural and historical monuments. 

They absorbed the life of the people who created them, and have remained for centuries as an imprint of bygone eras.

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