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The Role Vitamin E Plays

The vitamin E is an antioxidant which prevents the neurodegenerative disease of the brain called ataxia. Ataxia is a term for a group of disorders that affect co-ordination, balance and speech. Any part of the body can be affected, but people with ataxia often have difficulties with balance and walking, speaking, swallowing and tasks that require a high degree of control, such as writing and eating. The exact symptoms and their severity vary depending on the type of ataxia a person has. Vitamin E is not good for all kinds of disease. One other disease vitamin E cures is called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, which is an accumulation of fat in the liver, not due to excess alcohol consumption.

Vitamin E is the collective name for a group of fat-soluble compounds with distinctive antioxidant activities. Antioxidants protect cells from the damaging effects of free radicals, which are molecules that contain an unshared electron. Unshared electrons are highly energetic and react rapidly with oxygen to form reactive oxygen species. Antioxidants protect cells from the damaging effects of reactive oxygen species formed in the body endogenously when it converts food to energy. Health risks from excessive vitamin E can cause hemorrhage and interrupt blood coagulation by inhibiting platelet aggregation.

Vitamin E supplements have the potential to interact with several types of medications. Vitamin E can inhibit platelet aggregation and antagonize vitamin K-dependent clotting factors. Some take vitamin E supplements with other antioxidants, such as vitamin C, selenium, and beta-carotene. These collections of antioxidant ingredients blunt the rise in high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, which is the most cardioprotective high-density lipoprotein. There are potential risks of concurrent antioxidant supplementation with conventional therapies treating cancer.

So essentially, we are left with a vitamin which is not good for all kinds of disease, but only where two situations are cured. One is called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis and the other one is a neurodegenerative disease due to an absence of vitamin E called ataxia.

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Save Your Vision

Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Age-related macular degeneration affects the macula, resulting in a loss of central vision. Two forms of age-related macular degeneration exist: the most common, dry (non-exudative) type, and the wet (exudative) type of age-related macular degeneration. Dry age-related macular degeneration typically progresses from an early, mostly asymptomatic phase—observed only by an ophthalmologist as pigment irregularities of the retinal pigment epithelium and the presence of small deposits comprised of lipids and proteins called drusen—through intermediate and then the later stages of geographical atrophy and neovascularization. Drusen are a precursor to geographical atrophy. As the disease progresses, small drusen converge into large confluent drusen with hyperpigmentation. This is usually followed by hypopigmentation. In some cases, drusen regress in size as refractile deposits appear. Progression from large confluent drusen to geographical atrophy takes approximately 6.5 years, during which time the patient experiences gradual visual loss, dark adaptation abnormalities, difficulty reading, and problems with face recognition. Alternatively, the neovascular form of age-related macular degeneration may develop, probably in response to pro-angiogenic factors. Another characteristic often seen in the eyes of age-related macular degeneration patients are reticular pseudodrusen, a yellowish-white material that appears as material under the retina organized in ill-defined networks of broad interlacing ribbons. Retinal pseudodrusen are a sign of retinal dysfunction and appear to be a risk factor for late age-related macular degeneration, although they may also occur in individuals who do not have age-related macular degeneration.

The etiology of age-related macular degeneration appears to be strongly influenced by both genetic and environmental factors. The non-genetic factors that play important roles include cigarette smoking, diet, and obesity. The interaction of lifestyle and genetic factors likely contributes to the development and progression of age-related macular degeneration through a variety of genetic pathways that are only beginning to be understood. Cardiovascular, immune, and inflammatory biomarkers associated with age-related macular degeneration point to mechanisms that may explain the influence of environmental factors on age-related macular degeneration progression. These biomarkers include C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation, and homocysteine, an amino acid that adversely affects the vascular endothelium. Other genetic factors have been linked to age-related macular degeneration through Genome Wide Association Studies. Several studies indicate that genes involved in complement regulation, lipid metabolism, extracellular matrix remodeling, and angiogenesis are associated with advanced age-related macular degeneration. Further studies with next generation sequencing methods have identified rare variants of genes in the complement pathway that might have an even stronger effect on age-related macular degeneration progression. Predictive modeling of disease progression indicates that a combination of rare and common variants might improve the accuracy of risk assessment.

Genetic studies have yielded a number of biological pathways that could be targeted for drug development, yet the pathobiology of the disease remains poorly understood and is likely multifactorial. Treatment may require engagement of multiple targets.

Assessing the presence and progression of geographical atrophy from an anatomical perspective requires quantifying the total area affected as well as the location of atrophy, particularly relative to the foveal center. Various complementary in vivo imaging methods are used, including color photography using multi-spectral visual or infrared or wide field imaging, flurorescein angiography, fundus autofluorescence, and optical coherence tomography. Each of these methods has strengths and weaknesses; the challenge lies in extracting qualitative and quantitative data and mapping these data to a patient’s genotype and disease history.

Color fundus photography is the classical endpoint used in many trials and natural history studies but suffers from poor reproducibility and interference from cataracts. Fluorescein angiography requires intravenous injection, making it useful for examining leakage but impractical for large studies. Fundus Autofluorescence imaging allows for automated measurements; however, blue light Fundus Autofluorescence may be affected by natural darkening at the foveal center. In addition, blue Fundus Autofluorescence is uncomfortable for some subjects because of bright illumination of the retina. Wide field autofluorescence is a newer method not yet fully tested to determine its usefulness for clinical studies. Optical coherence tomography is an established medical imaging that has shown promise in evaluating both retinal and choroidal morphology in geographical atrophy. It allows examination and quantification of changes in the retinal layers, including the loss of photoreceptors and retinal pigment epithelium. It will be important to further define the relationship between Fundus Autofluorescence and optical coherence tomography regarding the extent of retinal atrophy. In addition, there is a need to better define anatomic descriptors of retinal changes in eyes with geographical atrophy that are reproducible across larger populations.

The gold standard functional measure for assessing age-related macular degeneration progression has been best corrected visual acuity. An electronic version of the Early Treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy has made it quicker and easier to assess best corrected visual acuity and has been widely used. However, visual acuity lacks sensitivity for assessing age-related macular degeneration in early stages. Noting that people with geographical atrophy have increased visual impairment in dim light, a low luminance visual acuity test was developed simply by placing a neutral density filter in front of the eye. Low luminance deficit has been shown to predict subsequent visual loss, and low luminance visual acuity captures foveal functional deficits better than best corrected visual acuity in intermediate and advanced age-related macular degeneration. Another technique, microperimetry, performs even better in assessing central retinal sensitivity in early stages of age-related macular degeneration. However, microperimetry tests may be redundant (particularly mesopic microperimetry) and burdensome for some patients. Scotopic microperimetry, a technique used to measure rod sensitivity, which is shown to be anatomically affected early in age-related macular degeneration. Dark adaptometry represents another approach with high diagnostic potential.

A multimodal approach including both anatomical and functional measures may be necessary to evaluate progression of disease; however, further phenotype/genotype studies will be needed to determine the best options. In addition, different types of assessments serve different purposes. For example, functional endpoints may lack sufficient precision for short studies but correlate better with quality of life and thus may be useful.

Treatments Available for Dry Macular Degeneration:

1. Eating antioxidant-rich foods, such as fresh fruits and dark green leafy vegetables delay the onset or reduce the severity of dry age-related macular degeneration. Eating at least one serving of fatty fish per week may also delay the onset or reduce the severity of dry age-related macular degeneration. These types of fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which help decrease inflammation and promote eye health. It is important to keep a balance between omega-6 fatty acids and omega-3 fatty acids in our diets. Virtually every food in a package contains omega-6 fatty acids in the form of vegetable oil. We need to increase our intake of omega-3 and decrease our intake of omega-6. Low-fat foods are good options if they have achieved their low-fat status through a process that physically removes the fat. Skim milk and low fat cottage cheese are examples of these types of good low-fat foods. A low-fat cookie or a no-fat cake, however, is a nutritional contradiction. Usually a low-fat or no-fat label on baked goods does not mean less fat was used in the production of the food, but that an artificial fat was used, usually partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. These types of fats are artificial ingredients made in a laboratory and our bodies can’t metabolize them. So it’s best to eat real cookies – just do not eat the whole dozen! Incorporate exercise into your everyday life. Obesity increases the risk for progression to advanced age-related macular degeneration.

2. Age-Related Eye Disease Study Formulation includes:

A. 500 milligrams of vitamin C.

B. 400 international units of vitamin E.

C. 80 milligrams of zinc as zinc oxide.

D. 2 milligrams copper as cupric oxide (to avoid anemia with high zinc intake).

E. 10 milligrams of lutein.

F. 2 milligrams of zeaxanthin.

Be sure to talk with your doctor before adding any nutritional or vitamin supplements to your diet.

3. Mesoxanthin and MacuHealth supplement: A cousin of lutein and zeaxanthin named “mesoxanthin” is actually the most active of the three specifically in the macula and that the combination of lutein, zeaxanthin, and mesoxanthin is what is needed. That is what the MacuHealth supplement contains.

4. Avoid ultraviolet and blue light (light waves that make the sky, or any object, appear blue) as much as possible and wear sunglasses that block blue light. In commercial sunglasses, this is usually in the yellow-orange-amber tints.

5. Control Blood Pressure. Individuals with hypertension are 1.5 times more likely to have wet AMD than persons without hypertension.

6. Avoid smoking: If you do smoke, stop – and avoid secondhand smoke as well.

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Posted February 3, 2017 by dranilj1 in HEALTHY LIVING

Cuddling

 

COUPLE-CUDDLE

Why women want to cuddle after sex? After sex, women are high on endorphins and want to savor the buzz by feeling man’s body against hers. Women like to make eye contact and stay close after the deed is done. Women need the intimacy of post-coital connection. Women like to gaze into a man’s eyes. Post-sex affection has a big impact on sexual satisfaction and relationship with their partners.

The post-sex affection like kissing, caressing and love-talk have long-lasting effects like higher levels of satisfaction with sex lives and relationships. Post-sex affection promotes bonding and sexual satisfaction. Time spent cuddling after sex has a strong impact on relationship. Bonding time after sex is important for those who face challenges finding time for intimate connection.

Men and women enjoy sex and intimacy in different ways. There is lot of culture and socialization here. For women, sex and intimacy tend to be intertwined in an obligatory way because women often feel unconsciously guilty about having more sexual pleasure and fun than their mothers. After sex, women need the reassurance that they, themselves, haven’t abandoned themselves to it for its pleasure.

Before you doze off, wrap your arms around her and let her feel your breath on her neck. Whisper something nice. As your breathing turns to snuffles, she will imagine you are breathing out her essential beauty. Let her think that way as you drift off to sleep.

It is ridiculous for women to claim that separating sex and intimacy is inherently degrading. It is also ridiculous for men to claim that a woman’s need for intimate connection during and after sex is a type of burdensome dependency need. Intimacy can enhance pleasure or detract from pleasure. Objectification can be a springboard to intense pleasure or an obstacle to pleasure. Drawing a line of demarcation about what is healthy or not when it comes to love and sex is dangerous and typically serves neurotic purposes. We should all just get over it.

Posted February 4, 2015 by dranilj1 in HEALTHY LIVING

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What Stress Do To Our Body



To our forefathers, stress was an essential component of survival. That burst of adrenaline brought on by an encounter with a saber-tooth tiger gave them the speed to flee or the strength to kill the monstrous beast. Today’s challenges might not include facing hungry carnivores, but office politics, news, and dodging minibus taxis make for an equally stressful life, only now, running away is not an option.

Initially, feeling stressed is a positive response that enables us to complete tasks quickly and efficiently. Over time, stress build-up takes its toll on our bodies, usually on those areas that are genetically weak, and can lead to chronic illness. Most, if not all, diseases have their foundations in prolonged and ill-managed stress. This, together with a predisposing genetic defect that determines the weak link in the body, will, for example, lead to cardiovascular disease, cancer, slower recovery after operations and infections, arthritis, diabetes, obesity, asthma, eczema and many other disorders.

Because there are so many different manifestations of stress build-up, stress is often not recognized as the cause of illness. Worse still, once identified, many ignore it, fearing it is a sign of weakness. Stress can be an ever increasing out of control spiral. When we do not remove stress hormones through deliberate relaxation or by using the fight or flight response, our brain takes that to mean that we are not sufficiently prepared for fight of flight. Survival demands that our autonomic system comes to the rescue by pumping more and more stress hormones into our system, until we show signs of fight or flight or deliberate relaxation.

When we are first stressed, the brain signals the release of adrenalin and cortisol. These are hormones that boost our blood sugar and oxygen levels, push more blood to the brain, the result is increased alertness. The average adrenalin rush experienced while in traffic supplies enough glucose to keep one running for a mile. In the short term, stress suppresses the immune system, increasing the risk of infections; slows down the body’s rate of repair; slows down the metabolism; robs the body of vital nutrients. The symptoms can be recurrent headaches, vague aches and pains, dizziness, heartburn, muscle tension, dry mouth, excessive perspiration, pounding heart, insomnia and fatigue.

As we become more and more stressed out, our body begins to adapt to the high level of stress hormones. As a result, we feel increasingly anxious, fatigued and prone to mood swings. Long-term stress promotes rapid ageing, leads to weight gain, and increases the risk of developing osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer and digestive problems. When we find ourselves stuck in the stress response and it is chronic, we become exhausted and depleted of vitamins and minerals. Our energy plummets, and our body’s ability to produce adrenalin decreases. Consequently, our emotions take a dive and we experience anxiety, fear, restlessness, irritability, anger, depression and insecurity, loss of libido, impaired memory and concentration.

We can recover by going with the fight or flight response. Physical exercise 5 times a week will act as the flight or fight response by using the body’s preparation for fight or flight and thereby lowering stress hormones to manageable levels. Regular, deliberate relaxation techniques used to lower or remove stress hormone build up from our systems such a floatation therapy; massage and meditation allow the body to naturally remove stress hormones from the body.

Many headaches are caused by stress. Tension headaches feel like a band tightening around the head. Relaxation, just like tension is a learned response. With regular practice, you can teach your body to relax, and learn what it feels like to be relaxed. The weightless environment of the floatation tank means that you do not have to support your body against gravity. Deep physical and mental relaxation follows.

In Mind-Body Medicine, there is a clear relationship between lower-back pain and stress. Again, relaxation techniques are the answer. In the floatation therapy, you are able to take quality time out, and reach deep relaxation very quickly and without years of training or practice. With regular massage, both the mind and body relaxes. To combat insomnia, breathe deeply and relax your body starting with your toes and working your way up to the top of your head. Take calcium and magnesium supplements before going to bed, and avoid caffeine as much as possible.

The body’s release of adrenaline during stressful events raises the heart rate and blood pressure. Adrenaline also stimulates a release of fat from the fat cells into the blood stream to supply energy for the fight or flight response. If unused, this fat is deposited on inside of the arteries. The New England Journal of Medicine published a study that indicates that surges of blood pressure can trigger heart attacks in susceptible people. Repeated elevations of blood pressure over periods of weeks and months accelerate atherosclerosis thereby increasing the risk of heart attacks.

Arthritis is often aggravated by stress. Learning to manage stress can help to relieve pain. Endorphins are the body’s natural pain killer. Massage helps to release the muscles that are tightening up around the body in response to pain, and encourage us to feel good about our bodies again. Sore muscles and pain occur when the muscles contract in response to stressful events, increasing the production of lactic acid and leading to pain. If you are able to deeply relax your muscles with the Epson salts in the water, the body is rid of lactic acid in the muscles, while the endorphins released by the brain help with pain relief.

In a stressful situation, digestive system slows down, freeing body’s energy for fight or flight. The stomach however continues to excrete acid, and ulcers may develop. Using relaxation techniques goes a long way in preventing the onset of stress-related illnesses. High levels of stress hormones dampen the functioning of the autoimmune system, leaving one more likely to catch whatever is floating around.

Blood moves from the intestines, when the body turns its focus to survival instead of healthy day-to-day functioning. This results in digestive problems for stressed individuals. The sudden de-stimulation of large areas of the nervous system triggers a spontaneous chain-reaction throughout the body to remove stress and leave one feeling wonderful and changed in body chemistry. Blood testing indicates that floating therapy reduce the level of stress and stress-related neurochemicals such as adrenaline, cortisol, and adrenocorticotropic hormone. It is high levels of these chemicals in the blood stream that leave one feeling stressed out. It is also because of these chemicals that stress is bad for health, causing heart disease and hampering function of immune system. Increasing levels of endorphins helps to relieve pain, and improve mood.

Game Plan for Transformation


To the eternal question of understanding the basis of what makes us human and to find out the fundamental essence that allow us to be, express, and function in all the wondrous ways that we do, one should understand the most complex and mysterious organ in the body and the one that holds the most promise for unearthing the origin of our unique species. We are mesmerized by the wonders of the brain.

It is important to realize that consciousness itself is not to be limited to being found in the brain. All human endeavors that have ever reached greatness, from elite athleticism and creative genius to humble expressions of grace through service have touched a deep strand of humanness, lodged within the metaphorical heart. As amazing as the brain is, we should be aware that consciousness had to be lived and directly experienced.

To be active, incorporate regularly those habits that would help you develop physically, mentally, and emotionally, and also touch this ineffable essence itself. Busy schedule of study and research will not allow for simultaneously doing various workouts and activities to these ends, so we can set the intention of finding a single activity that would address these needs together. This is pivotal moment that yoga could strike a deep chord in mind. There is marked increase in immediate and long-term physical strength and flexibility, mental calmness and overall peace both inside and outside the actual practice.

Neuroscience has repeatedly demonstrated the capacity of the brain to rewire itself through experience, known as neuroplasticity. In a practical sense, this means that every moment of experience creates grooves in the landscape of the brain, which then affects the way we relate to the minds and bodies of ourselves and others, as well as to the environment around us. Our changeable brain is also a hackable brain. In other words, by understanding some of the rules of brain function, it is possible to learn how to use its capacities more effectively in order to deliberately bring about positive change.

This deliberate act is part and parcel of yoga. Yoga is a scientific technology that harnesses the innate capability of the body as a vehicle for transformation. It is a technology, a human art, purposefully crafted to serve as a tool for maximizing the health and potential of the human being. Yoga has been popularized by its physical aspects, which are an integral component of the larger science of yoga. The system as a whole, which includes techniques that address many aspects of the human being, works the brain and nervous system in a synchronized and harmonious manner. The techniques are manifold, but they are based on core principles. These can be unpacked in a digestible manner using exercises that improve fitness and well-being if appropriately applied.

Yoga is the process of harnessing the brain’s capacities to naturally evolve into the art of living well. The negative habits, patterns, and influences within ourselves and from the outside are progressively dropped in favor of more sustainable ones. Yoga is a way of life. It is not about what we do, but how we do things. Principles of yogic science and brain science interlock to create a blueprint for transformation. There is tremendous power in combining a technology that has stood the test of thousands of years of human evolution with a rigorous science of the most complex and fascinating organ in the human body.

I have just focused on why we can and ought to be interested in this subject. One can look forward to exploring principles that dovetail the insights of brain and yogic sciences into sets of techniques tailored for growth and that can be applied to our daily life and fitness routine. So, we will practice with the brain in mind.


Credits: Gabriel Axel

Multidimensional Consciousness


Dimensions are a means of organizing different planes of existence according to their vibratory rate. Each dimension has certain sets of laws and principles that are specific to the frequency of that dimension. Consciousness represents awareness. The inhabitants of each dimension function clearly, easily, and with a minimum of resistance within that plane because their consciousness vibrates in resonance with the frequency of that dimension. Multidimensional consciousness is the ability to be conscious of more than one dimension. To be multidimensional in our consciousness, we must remember that we have within us the potential to expand our perceptual awareness to the dimensions above and below our physical plane.

Unconscious means unaware of and unable to attend to internal and or external stimuli within the inhabitants’ own dimension or within another dimension. Third dimensional humans are largely unaware of their first dimensional, second dimensional, and fourth dimensional selves. The human unconscious is best accessed through physical body messages, introspection, dreams, and meditation.

Conscious means aware of and able to attend to stimuli within the inhabitants’ own dimension. The third dimensional self is conscious of what can be perceived by the five physical senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell.

Superconscious is a higher order of consciousness of the fifth dimension and above in which the inhabitants are able to be aware of and attend stimuli of their own dimension as well as all the lower dimensions. The superconscious is innately multidimensional. The third dimensional self can become "conscious" of the superconscious through meditation, prayer, and by surrendering to the enfoldment of the higher order consciousness.

We must become the change we wish to see. This resonates with who I am, and what I believe. Read it again, and find that feeling I’m talking about. Do you feel that resonance, that inner harmony? It is as if it is speaking directly to your soul, and your soul is acknowledging the truth in those words. But how do we become that change, how do we trigger that positive change we wish to see? It is all about energy, and consciousness. Through meditation, we are actually programming reality with the positive energy and purity of meditation. But there had to be something more, something that would have more of a direct effect, it is a specific feeling that you can incorporate into your meditation. This is more than an ordinary feeling, it is a key.

The sixth sense is actually profound abilities that you can develop. There are misconceptions and myths about the sixth sense. You are either born psychic or you aren’t. Alison Dubois on the TV show Medium has premonitions in the form of dreams. But you weren’t born with any abilities like that, so you will never be psychic. But is that really true? The fact is, everyone was born with sixth sense abilities. The problem is that many of us lost touch with that sensory. It is discouraged by religion, family or teachers. Maybe you just got caught up in life and forgot. But remember, while psychic abilities come easily to some people, for many of us the sixth sense is an elusive, forgotten thing. With a little effort, you can reactivate that sensory and experience psychic abilities yourself. Just like anything else, we all have talents and interests. There are things that come easier to us than other things. If you can acquire one psychic capability you can master others too. It is just a matter of devoting time and effort to practicing new skills.

The misconception of the sixth sense is all about talking to ghosts comes from movies such as The Sixth Sense and TV shows like the Ghost Whisperer. Characters see ghosts in human form and have conversations with them as if they were simply speaking to an invisible friend. But is that really what the sixth sense is all about? First of all, ghosts are … well, ghosts. They don’t have a physical body, vocal chords, and ears. So while the sixth sense can allow you to communicate with ghosts or entities, it is not in the way that is portrayed in movies. This sensory can potentially allow you to talk to ghosts, but the sixth sense is so much more than that. Developing the sixth sense is about developing a new sensory or language. It will allow you to communicate with the Universe.

For many people, the sixth sense and psychic abilities feel like they are just out of reach. But everyone is capable of developing this sensory with a little time and effort. The sixth sense is something that is misunderstood. Many see it simply as intuition and it is as you are first developing your sixth sense. You will find that you have an inner knowing, a sense of direction that you never had before. You might find that time after time you are in the right place at the right time.

Others see the sixth sense as a super-power portrayed in Hollywood movies. Characters will have incredible psychic powers, premonitions and mind control. In fact, the sixth sense includes all of those things. You can develop your intuition and other abilities such as telepathy. But the sixth sense is much more than that. When you learn to turn your sixth sense abilities inward, you will discover that the true power of the sixth sense is that the sixth sense is the missing link to spiritual awakening and enlightenment.

Most schools of thought view the sixth sense and spirituality as two separate and unrelated paths. In fact, in most spiritual and religious organizations, developing the sixth sense is actively discouraged, yet it is the component that allows you to jump into higher states of consciousness. Our five senses: sight, touch, taste, smell and hearing, do not allow us to directly perceive God or the Universe. They limit us to this physical dimension. The Universe is energy and in order to perceive this energy, to communicate with it, the sixth sense is needed.

The sixth sense is still a part of your organic body and is as natural as the other five senses. So, while real life may not be like Hollywood, you will still find that developing your sixth sense will lead you to experience some pretty profound abilities and phenomenon. But more importantly, the sixth sense will give you the tools to ‘speak’ the language of energy, the language of the Universe.

As you master this new language, you will bridge the gap to developing multi-dimensional consciousness. The old spiritual masters have all said that ‘Life is an Illusion.’ The sixth sense is what gives you the ability to see past the illusion. It allows you to see the programs that create reality the same way the spiritual masters of the past have done.

Understanding from the Inside Out


We all are busy complaining about the decline of civility. Business once tried to attract and retain customers by emphasizing the superiority of their product. Now they are hoping we will buy because you are friends. Charities and nonprofit organizations traditionally solicited donations with appeals to conscience. The current approach features friendziness.

The boundaries between private life and business are blurring and eventually all but dissolving. People of good conscience stay silent. Many decry rudeness in the public square, and mourn the loss of manners and refinement. We watch as civility goes the way of privacy, both rapidly fading to quaintness. Most of us don’t want to return to the days of white gloves and girdles, but we’d like to retain some old-fashioned courtesies, like offering your seat to an older person or using their last name until specifically invited to do otherwise. If we do not serve mankind whom should we serve?

Instead of the respectful distance that formality once imposed, we have now rudeness masquerading as casualness. Being free, is freely offered in place of service; friendziness instead of authenticity. My local bank has added fees upon fees in recent years: fees to withdraw your own money, fees to use a human teller, fees for a paper copy of a bank statement. In an attempt to mollify their anger, alienated customers were provided greeters who now welcome them to the bank and thank them for coming as they exit.


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