Full Glossary Index
Culture is the collection of manifestations of human achievement. It is the quality in a society that comes from a concern for what is regarded as excellent in arts, letters, manners, scholarly pursuits, etc. As such it is a virtue to be honored.
Culture is not trivial. It is not decoration or artifice, the songs we sing or even the prayers we chant.
But it is a blanket of comfort that gives meaning to lives. It is a body of knowledge that allows the individual to make sense out of the infinite sensations of consciousness, to find meaning and order in a universe that ultimately has neither. Culture is a body of laws and traditions, a moral and ethical code that insulates a people from the heartless, or soul-unaware, that history suggests lies just beneath the surface of all human societies and human beings.
Where a definition of the moment of death is required, doctors and coroners usually turn to “brain death” or “biological death” to define a person as being dead; people are considered dead when the electrical activity in their brain ceases.
In some cultures, death is seen more as a process of transformation, as consciousness leaving the body to reside in a different dimension, outside of time. This is consistent with emerging scientific views on the relationship of time, matter and energy. (see E=MC2)
War is a time of conflict with intent to harm or kill, supported by the opposing countries or societies. Since there have been records, humanity has desired peace, namely the absence of war.
War can be for any reason, these are the most common:
One nation seeks to take advantage of another nation’s natural resources
Ownership and control, particularly of land/territory
Religious or belief, and the view that unbelievers should be disenfranchised or killed. This includes genocide or any form of violence that is based on the group is not entitled to basic rights of life or liberty. (See Genocide below)