TaN: [True] Christians should speak with one voice. Since a Christian is supposed to be someone who observes and practices the teachings of Jesus, it follows that there should be no deviation. There should be no contradictions to whatever decisions and undertakings of Christians because they should be speaking with “one voice”. A deviation would only mean that someone is (or all are) not being Christian. There may be superficial differences but the foundation and the final outcome would be the same. Contradictions would only mean that someone is not being a Christian.
TaN: Habits are choices. In an article I came across last March 5 (2012) entitled “Habits: How They Form And How To Break Them” in the New York Times, it tackled the topic of why people form habits. It appears that it takes a lot of energy to perform tasks. To conserve energy, the brain creates interconnecting patterns and networks – i.e., routines – that it can “call” on whenever the same task is required. It seems that “routines” need less energy because it becomes “hard-wired” and decisions are avoided – decision-making takes up a lot of energy because the brain has to explore all the possibilities before deciding on the appropriate course of action.
As to habits being choices – choices that are consciously done – the reason it is difficult to break is because the brain has assembled a psychological pattern, referred to as “habit loop”, to which is fetches from its “library” whenever the need arises. This pattern is so tightly sequenced that, once it goes into the routine, the entire sequence is played out automatically, much like a reflex or instinct. It is this being tightly sequenced that makes it difficult to intervene and break. However, since it was made through a conscious choice, it can be broken – it just takes some time. To successfully break the habit, one must consistently and consciously “interfere” with the routine whenever it is set into motion – as was written, “Understanding and interrupting that loop is key to breaking a habit.”
TaN: Many processed (especially those negative-nutrition type) products do not sell what they claim or advertise. It is supposed to be illegal but no one seem to have noticed it – even I, until a while ago. These are products that claim to be selling one thing but are really selling something else – not even close to what is being sold.
How is this so? It is common sense (and supposed to be mandatory) that consumable – i.e., edible – products being sold should have the item as the top/head of the ingredients list.
A case in point would be, when coffee creamer is being sold, it is expected that cream would (and should) have the greatest (proportional) quantity. However, when we look at the ingredients, we find that, most often, the first ingredient on the list is sugar. The same goes for 3-in-1 coffee and for instant chocolate powders – the first item in the ingredients list is sugar. [Note: The term “sugar” may not be explicitly stated and its alternate names are used, such as glucose, as maltose or malt extract, etc.]
I think consumers should be aware of this scam and not be gullible and unwitting victims.