The biggest disservice we do to young people is to say that they are not enough right now. “You will be after you get this degree or this accomplishment.” We'll always have more to learn, but we are enough right now.
Almost every tradition has afterlife beliefs because they like to imagine that “you” go on, whether it's your soul or your consciousness. There's a whole theory that religion exists because we're so concerned about dying that we created religion to assuage our death anxiety.
What we have settled on is that there seems to be two things: traumatic migration experience; refugees have higher risk of disorder than economic migrants. Second, the pre- and post-migratory social context, for example, people's loss of social status—when people go from a good job to being a cleaner after migration.
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The environment around us in terms of it being still a pretty heavily male dominated environment can be discouraging. I've had a lot of people who have helped me see challenges as huge opportunities. It made me think, Well, if that's the way things are, let's see how I can change it.
While we are sitting with our lights and screens on until the wee hours, school children in countries such as Ghana are using open-flame kerosene lamps to study. Four hours of their lights emits fumes equal to smoking two packs of cigarettes.