You have the proper conclusion; Spirituality, enlightenment, meditation (and I use the three words in Buddhist comprehension) can either lead to fanatic beliefs or to a widely open mind. To reach the second solution we have to keep in mind life is never one line to be followed to its predestined and predetermined end. We have to keep several lines in our minds. If all roads lead to Rome, at least two or three lines of thinking will keep your mind safe and sane. With modern hammering communication we have more than a tendency, an obligation to define ourselves along one line with a yes-no answer on any question. Are you a patriot? yes or no. No nuance, no differenciation between a Nazi Patriot or a life-respecting patriot. Do you believe in God? Yes or no, and no elaboration on what God is, how we could understand the concept, how we could also just refuse or relativize the divine definition of the very same concept of superior order. The solution then is in education, as early as possible, and then real democeratic debate all the time on basic concepts. But instant communication, emojis and text communication lead the other way. How can you elaborate a real reflection on anything in 280 characters, spaces included?

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Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, PhD in Germanic Linguistics (University Lille III) and ESP Teaching (University Bordeaux II) has been teaching all types of ESP

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