When did the self-help movement lose its ethical seriousness? | Aeon Essays. With metronomic regularity, new books about both the strange and the mundane things human beings do with metronomic regularity become bestsellers. The American ‘habit’ industry produces a huge popular literature examining how habits are formed and how they are broken, how they enable and how they hinder, and how they are a function of heroic self-discipline or a confession of its absence. They maintain that people can cultivate not just a ‘learning habit’ but even an ‘achievement habit’. They suggest that ‘Jesus habits’ and ‘joy habits’ are liberating, but that the ‘worry habit’ is shackling. ‘Habits not diets’ are the best way to free the self from the siren call of the refrigerator.
Much of today’s habits literature has a contemporary feeling, with its focus on time management, individual productivity, and business success, but the genre has a long history. Get Aeon straight to your inbox So what is a habit? Franklin had a staff of subordinates to help him cultivate self-reliance. Rising Strong. Books with Strong Female Characters. Get our best picks for movies, apps, TV shows, books, and more, customized for your kids. Get the App Get the App No thanks close(x) Don’t Miss Out You’re all set! Look out for our weekly updates soon.
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Find out more Learning ratings Share this List Books with Strong Female Characters Eloise. Zita the Spacegirl (Age 7+) May B. (Age 8+) The Mighty Miss Malone (Age 9+) Harriet the Spy (Age 9+) March: Book One (Age 12+) The Hunger Games (Age 12+) She was pressured to marry at age 14, but Shwapna wanted a different future. When the results of the secondary school certificate examination were published, Mr. Based Ali wept. His 16-year-old daughter, Shwapna, had earned a perfect score and passed with highest marks. With the entire village gathered at Based’s house to celebrate, he decided it was time to publicly admit something that he had struggled with for many years. “Parents generally help their kids study,” he said. “But I pressured my daughter instead to marry when she was 14. In Pratapdighi Village where Shwapna lives, it is common for parents to arrange their daughters’ marriages after 8th grade.
“I went to my friend, Shymoli, and her mother asking for their suggestions. “When I realized that I had successfully prevented the marriage, it gave me confidence to know that I am quite capable of overcoming any obstacle in my life, now and in the future.” For more stories of changed destinies, check out our Destination Literacy publication. Now This Girl Knows How to Handle Street Harassment. If you are a woman, odds are you have had this experience…. You’re walking down the street, perhaps thinking about your day and what you plan to accomplish. Then you hear a voice yelling at you, perhaps mixed with whistles or noises, saying something about your body or appearance. Sometimes it feels unclear whether or not you are allowed to feel offended by whatever was said, and sometimes it’s perfectly clear that the words are meant to reduce you to an object for sexual gratification. However, what’s almost never clear is exactly what you should say or do in this situation.
Just ignore them? This dilemma is familiar to women the world over, but in India, it’s so ubiquitous that, according to one study, 95% of women reported that their mobility was restricted because of fear of male harassment in public places, and the majority of these women fail to report such harassment because it has been taken for granted that nothing can be done about it. “The Little One” Finds Her Voice. Pamoxong is not just convinced of the value of education in her own life, she’s determined to convince everyone in her village as well. Pamoxong actually plays a crucial role as a little “lobbyist” for education because she is also able to translate between the local ethnic language, Hmong, and the national Lao language. Many villagers in the town have never learned the Lao language, which poses a challenge for Room to Read staff who speak Lao. Especially in crucial times when Room to Read social mobilizers are paying visits to families with daughters at risk of dropping out.
This is where Pamoxong has special role to play. Pamoxong convinces her friends and her friends’ parents that they should stay in school and be a part of the Girls’ Education Program. However, the first parents Pamoxong persuaded were her own. He is comforted knowing that with the support of Room to Read, Paxomong will graduate. “She will grow up with an education. Best TV Superheroes for Kids. Get our best picks for movies, apps, TV shows, books, and more, customized for your kids. Get the App Get the App No thanks close(x) Don’t Miss Out You’re all set! Look out for our weekly updates soon. Connect with us Jump to navigation "Best of" Lists "Best of" lists Get age-appropriate ideas and inspiration for every interest: Poll Did this specific Top Picks list help you decide to do any of the following? Let your child watch/play/read/listen to a particular media title 41% (744 votes) NOT let your child watch/play/read/listen to a particular media title 13% (240 votes) Buy, rent, or download a particular media title 24% (424 votes) Did not impact my decision 22% (391 votes) Total votes: 1799 About our rating system ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.
Find out more Learning ratings Share this List Best TV Superheroes for Kids Super WHY! Pray the Devil Back to Hell. This powerful documentary film has been screened at: · World Economic Forum· United Nations· U.S. Department of State· Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Hague Quotes "UPLIFTING, DISHEARTENING, INSPIRING, ENRAGING"—The New York Times "MARVELOUS"—The Los Angeles Times "The heroism on view is BREATHTAKING"—Christian Science Monitor "LUCIDLY IMPASSIONED"—Variety "ELOQUENTLY CAPTURES THE POWER each of us innately has within our souls to make this world a far better, safer, more peaceful place. " "One of the TRULY HEARTENING INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL STORIES of recent years"—Los Angeles Times "Reminds us of the incredible power available to the most ordinary of people if they are willing to act with COURAGE AND UNWAVERING COMMITMENT.
" "The contrast between THE COMPASSION OF WOMEN and the facade of officialdom as a cover for a cruel dictator makes the point much better than a long judgmental tirade"—Jean-Marie Guehenno, UN Undersecretary General for Peacekeeping Operations, 2000-2008 Synopsis. E-TEAM. Then they get to work — gathering crucial evidence to determine if further investigation is warranted and, if so, to investigate, document, and capture the world's attention. They also immediately challenge the responsible decision makers, holding them accountable. Human rights abuses thrive on secrecy and silence, and the work of the E-Team, backed by their international human rights organization, has shone light in dark places and given voice to thousands whose stories would never otherwise have been told. Using a cinema verite approach, our camera follows the E-Team investigators in the field as they piece together the actual events that take place in troubled spots around the globe.
Together we smuggle across the border into Syria to conduct undercover investigations as the civil war rages; amidst bullets and bombs we watch as Fred and Peter work to halt human rights abuses in the aftermath of the Gaddafi regime. Quotes "Dynamic, entertaining, inspiring and devastating. " - Variety. How to Survive a Plague. Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time. With unfettered access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and '90s, filmmaker David France puts the viewer smack in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures, and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making.
Blisteringly powerful, How To Survive A Plague transports us back to a vital time of unbridled death, political indifference, and staggering resilience and constructs a commanding archetype for activism today. Quotes "One of the 25 Best Films of The Year"— A.O. Scott, NYTimes "Riveting...moving and essential "A model for the here and now of how social change occurs "One of the Top 10 Movies of the Year"— David Edelstein, New York Magazine — Stephen Holden, NYTimes Caroline Habib Mongrel Media. Promises. A beautiful and deeply moving portrait of seven Palestinian and Israeli children.
Emmy award-winning and Academy award-nominated, PROMISES follows the journey of a filmmaker who meets these children in and around Jerusalem, from a Palestinian refugee camp to an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. Although they live only 20 minutes apart, these children exist in completely separate worlds, divided by physical, historical and emotional boundaries. PROMISES explores the nature of these boundaries and tells the story of a few children who dared to cross the lines to meet their neighbors. The children of PROMISES offer refreshing, personal and sometimes humorous insight into the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. With remarkable balance and a compelling blend of pathos and humor, this Oscar-nominated, Emmy Award winning film moves the conflict out of politics and into the realm of the human.
Quotes "EXTRAORDINARY! " "Stunning and Powerful! "Deeply touching...a movie that changes you. " "SUPERB! " Chasing Ice. The Crash Reel. This eye-popping film seamlessly combines twenty years of stunning action footage with new specially-shot verité footage and interviews as it follows U.S. champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce and exposes the irresistible but potentially fatal appeal of extreme sports. An escalating rivalry between Kevin and his nemesis Shaun White in the run-up to the 2010 Olympics leaves Shaun on top of the Olympic podium and Kevin in a coma follow- ing a training accident in Park City, Utah. Kevin's tight-knit Vermont family flies to his side and helps him rebuild his life as a brain injury survivor. But when he insists he wants to return to the sport he still loves, his family intervenes with his eloquent brother David speaking for all of them when he says, “I just don’t want you to die.” Kevin’s doctors caution him that even a small blow to the head could be enough to kill him.
Will Kevin defy them and insist on pursuing his passion? "Thrilling and compelling...REQUIRED VIEWING" - Hollywood Reporter. The World Before Her. The Miss India pageant is the ultimate glamour event in a country that has gone mad for beauty contests. Winning the coveted title means instant stardom, a lucrative career path and, for some girls, freedom from the constraints of a patriarchal society. Through dramatic verite action and unprecedented behind-the-scenes access, The World Before Her sweeps back the curtain to reveal the intimate stories of twenty young women determined to win the crown. As the beauty contestants move through beauty boot camp, Director Nicha Pahuja travels to another corner of India to visit a different camp for young girls, the women's wing of the militant fundamentalist movement.
Through lectures and physical combat training, these girls learn what it means to be good Hindu women and how to fight against Islam, Christianity and the onslaught of Western culture. "RIVETING... " "A DEFINITE MUST WATCH"—The Huffington Post. 65 Red Roses. Redefining the traditional scope of documentary film in an electronic age, 65_RedRoses leaves viewers with a new appreciation of life and the digital world. This personal and touching journey takes an unflinching look into the life of Eva Markvoort as she battles the fatal disease Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and waits on the transplant list for new organs. At 23, Eva needs a double lung transplant to live. Unable to be around other patients with her disease, Eva turns to the internet where she forms a strong connection with two American girls named Meg and Kina. Now at a critical turning point in their lives, the film travels the distance the friends cannot go themselves, capturing the compelling and often heartbreaking realities they face just trying to take each breath.
Official Selection, Oprah Winfrey Network Documentary Film Club Visit 65RedRoses.com to find out more about our #4Eva Campaign for organ donation and CF awareness. "HEART-WRENCHING and REWARDING. " Girl Rising. Nine unforgettable girls – striving beyond circumstance, pushing past limits – spotlighted in a film about the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. With stories by nine celebrated writers, voiced by nine renowned actresses including Meryl Streep and Salma Hayek, Girl Rising introduces Sokha, an orphan who rises from a Cambodian dump to become a star pupil; Suma, who writes music to endure forced servitude in Nepal; Ruksana, an Indian “pavement-dweller” whose father sacrifices his own needs for her dreams; and six other heroines.
The girls are unique, but the obstacles they face are ubiquitous. Like the 66 million girls in the world who dream of going to school, what they want most is to be students. Now, by sharing their personal journeys, they have become teachers. Watch Girl Rising, and you will see: One girl with courage is a revolution. Quotes "GROUNDBREAKING" - The Huffington Post "One of the hottest CAUSE Docs in Years" - The New York Times. Super WHY! (Age 3+) WordGirl (Age 5+) Legion of Super Heroes (Age 7+) The Spectacular Spider-Man (Age 7+) Mad Hot Ballroom (Age 8+) At first, it might seem strange to see such young people working so seriously on ballroom dancing. But within minutes, Marilyn Agrelo's documentary convinces viewers that this is exactly the right activity for these dedicated, enchanting fifth-graders.
As they work with their teachers and each other to learn the difficult steps and postures for the rumba, tango, swing, merengue, and fox-trot, they also reveal much about themselves as thoughtful, dynamic young people. As they dance, they are exposed to various cultural traditions and begin to learn traditional gender roles (the boys are instructed, "Take care of your partner").
More than anything else, the movie impresses by the respect it affords its subjects. Labyrinth (Age 8+) Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (Age 12+) Lost Boys of Sudan (Age 13+) Bully (Age 13+) What Dreams May Come (Age 13+) G.I. Jane (Age 17+) 12 Years a Slave (Age 17+) Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life.
Brave (Age 4+) DIY app (Age 9+)