Have you ever thought that brunch could satisfy both your apetite for food and knowledge?
We’re inviting you to join a Brunch with an Interesting Person organized by Y2Y Initiative in partnership with World Peace Initiative Foundation and Center for Constitutional Governance.
PAUL H SUTHERLAND, our special guest, is willing to share how he implements mindfulness into his life and how mindfulness can be a tool for peacebuilding. Sharing is caring isn't it?
Mr. Paul H Sutherland beyond his extensive investment experience, is the author of numerous books on financial planning and money management, including Zenvesting: The Art of Abundance & Managing Money, The Virtue of Wealth , Veterinarian’s Guide to Financial Planning: From School to Retirement, 12 Steps to a Care-Free Retirement and the AMA Guide to Financial Planning. Mr. Sutherland began his writing career in 1979 with an article on international investing that was published by Physician’s Management Magazine. Over the past 29 years he has had academic and consumer articles published in magazines, newsletters and other publications on subjects such as benchmarking global portfolios, asset allocation, retirement investing, income investing, forecasting and global investing. His work has been published in Business Ethics, Financial Planner, Dental Management and NAPFA News. He is a regular columnist for Spirituality & Health magazine and has been interviewed by Bloomberg News, Barrons, The Wall Street Journal, The Wall Street Transcript, Investors Business Daily (IBD), Investment News, Money Magazine and others.
On the 31st of May a number of social activists from Lithuania (there were JCI Sostine, Demokratine Mokykla and Make Sense representatives as well as others) had a unique chance to participate in a discussion led by Tom Brennan. Our aim was to discuss the ways in which young people can contribute to peace building in our world.
During his exceptional presentation Tom touched upon many essential themes regarding peace building process and one of them was attaching labels to human beings that creates unnecessary barriers on our way to peaceful coexistence. Being affected by media and other factors we start to see people through their status, jobs, and qualifications instead of complex, irreducible and unbreakable entities.
By attaching labels to ourselves, we change our actions and attitudes as well as it creates a particular image how others see us and interact with us.
Different image creation separates individuals by creating normative and cultural differences and obstacles. For example, introducing oneself as a police officer instead of doing a police related job attaches this human being to his job. The same could be said about " I am tired" instead of "feeling tired". It is not a person who could be described as tired, he just feels that way for a particular amount of time. One core characteristic is that we are all human beings. In order to create a peaceful world we need to emphasize this similarity by avoiding artificially created obstacles.
Overall, it was a great discussion that gave me a new perspective on the world we all share and the ideas on how to make it more peaceful.