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Think – Today: How Many Buddhas Have There Been?

by Anura Guruge


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Not a trick question by any means. Did YOU really think that there has only been ONE Buddha? The last one? Gautama Buddha. Oh, dear! So, I ask again, how many Buddhas have there been?


Think first, then research, then THINK again. Think for the pleasure of thinking.


Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “Electoral College” — the U.S. ‘Founding Fathers’, after much deliberation and soul-searching, put it into ‘the system’ to serve as a ‘circuit breaker’ if things went awry during the election. Two hundred and fifty years ago the U.S. electorate was very different to now. There was NO Twitter, FaceBook, Fox News or CNN. A lot of the population lived in isolated, rural areas. They did not have access to up to-date or reliable news about politics. As such the Founding Fathers were worried that the rural populace might, inadvertently, elect a drunkard or criminal as President. (Sex molester were more rare in those days.) The Electoral College was there to override the popular vote IF they, an august body, believed that the people got it wrong. Akin to why the Democratic Party uses ‘Super Delegates‘. The Electoral College still has the power to overturn the vote — though they have never done so. 


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Think – Today: Why Does The U.S. Elect The President Through An “Electoral College”?

by Anura Guruge


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electorlMost people in the U.S., even those that voted, only really give any thought to the ‘U.S. Electoral College’ in election years such as this (i.e., 2016) when a win of the Electoral College does not adequately reflect what happened in the ‘popular vote’. So why has the U.S. had an Electoral College from the very start — i.e., since the Constitution was enacted?


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Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “George” — is a very earthy name. It is from the Greek word ‘georgos‘ which basically denotes ‘a farmer’, one that tills the soil. So the next time you see or meet a ‘George’ you will know. 


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