Six years into his no-holds-barred brawl with terminal brain cancer, David Menasche was partially blind and crippled. He couldn’t drive and he could barely read. Huge swaths of his memory had been wiped clean. His marriage was falling apart. “I was afraid of losing my purpose in life,” recalled the Miami-born, Pembroke Pines-raised Menasche, now 41. “For so long I had lived to teach my students and I couldn’t even do that.” So Menasche did what no sane person in his condition would seriously consider. He stopped treatment and set off on a cross-country trip at the end of 2012 to visit his former students. He wanted to know “what kind of legacy I was leaving and if I had made a difference in their lives.”
— Miami Herald
What Is Spirituality? And Are Introverts More Spiritual
Spirituality, the way I interpret it, is the search for meaning, purpose and direction; the journey of self-discovery and self-understanding. It is a desire to become your best possible self, and to transcend who you are, or who you think you are, through either a higher power or our interconnectedness as living beings.
— Loner Wolf
Inmates find faith behind bars
Hisham (not his real name) would probably not have got the chance to read the Quran had he not been imprisoned. Nine months after he was in prison for substance abuse, the 34-year-old had memorised two chapters of the holy book. He is also learning tajwid (rules governing the pronunciation of Quranic verses) so that he could be an Imam in mosques when he finishes his 33-month sentence. “I am putting my past behind me and working towards building my career to be a tahfiz teacher who is well-accepted by the community.”
— New Straits Times
‘Human evolution likely led to rise of religion’
Gopikrishna Deshpande, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Auburn’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, and the NIH researchers found differences in brain interactions that involved the theory of mind, or ToM, brain network, which underlies the ability to relate between one’s personal beliefs, intents and desires with those of others. Individuals with stronger ToM activity were found to be more religious. Deshpande said that this supports the hypothesis that development of ToM abilities in humans during evolution may have given rise to religion in human societies.
— Zee News
Faith, trust, belief: a poem
Things are often not what they seem to be,
Words seldom send out the meaning they mean to be,
— Variant Columnist