Gord Downie Canada 150 We Day July 2, 2017
8 stages of Life acc2: Erikson
Erik Erikson and Eight Stages of Life
Transition: progress or change from one place, state, or condition to another
Each stage of Erikson's theory represents a challenge or conflict an individual is faced with. If the challenge is successfully resolved, the individual makes a healthy transition to the next stage having acquired experiences and understandings to help resolve the challenges of following stages. Failure to adequately deal with the challenges of a particular stage makes resolving the conflicts of following stages more difficult.
1. Infancy: Trust vs. Mistrust
2. Early childhood: Autonomy vs. Doubt and Shame
3. Play age: Initiative vs. Guilt
4. School age: Industry vs. Inferiority
5. Adolescence: Identity vs. Role Confusion
6. Young adulthood: Intimacy vs. Isolation
7. Adulthood: Generativity vs. Stagnation
8. Mature adulthood: Integrity vs. Despair
To think about: What are some of the tasks adolescents must deal with to establish a clear, healthy identity?
Dr. Bob Wright:
three different types of happiness-- the hedonic (pleasure related), engaged happiness (activity related), and the highest level-- meaningful happiness (when a person has a sense of importance that what they are doing is contributing to others).
Dr. Bernard Beitman:
is the first psychiatrist since Carl Jung to attempt to systematize the study of coincidences and has developed a scale to measure coincidence sensitivity. He discussed the different types of coincidences, the meanings behind them, and who is more likely to have them. "A coincidence is the intersection of two independent life events that brings the person who observes that intersection some surprise and wonder. The surprise and wonder is usually generated by the low probability of those two events," he explained. According to his research, the most common type of coincidence is 'thought-environment-connection,' such as thinking of an idea and then seeing it on the Internet, TV or other media. The person experiencing a meaningful coincidence often has more to do with creating it than is generally recognized, and individuals who tend to be more spiritual or intuitive more easily connect thoughts in their minds with events around them, he explained. Beitman also related coincidences to what he calls the "psychosphere" a dynamic flux of energy information surrounding us, and "simulpathity" a kind of inner GPS capacity we use to find our our way to people, things, and ideas without knowing exactly how we got there.
Personality Type (Family Life)
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is the most well known personality model in the world. Using four dichotomies (opposite pairings), the MBTI sorts individuals into 16 different personality types.
1) Extrovert vs. Introvert - Preferred focus of attention.
Extroverts prefer to focus on people and things. Introverts prefer to focus on inner thoughts and ideas.
2) Sensing vs. Intuition - Preferred way of gathering information.
Sensing individuals prefer concrete, factual information gathered through the five senses.
Intuitive individuals prefer abstract or theoretical information associated with 'hunches' or 'gut feelings.'
3) Thinking vs. Feeling - Preferred use of information in decision making.
Thinking individuals tend to be logical, analytical, decisive and very 'black and white' when making decisions. Feeling individuals tend to give greater consideration to the impact their decisions have on their relationships, and are more likely to make decisions based on their values and the greater good.
4) Judging vs. Perceiving - Preferred lifestyle or way of relating to the world.
Judging individuals prefer order, structure, and control.
Perceiving individuals tend to be flexible, adaptive, spontaneous, and prefer to 'wait and see.'
James Fowler's Six Stages of Faith Development
1) Imaginative faith (birth - 7 years)
- Positive images are healthy
- Negative or fearful images unhealthy
2) Literal faith (7 years - early teens)
- faith story believed as literally or historically true
- God viewed as rewarding and punishing behaviour
- Bargaining stage (e.g. I will pray seven Hail Marys if you let me pass this exam)
3) Group faith (late teens - early 20's)
- Group exerts strong influence
- Conformity to values and expectations of the group
- Limited questioning of group views
- Can discourage personal responsibility
4) Personal faith (mid 20's and older)
- Personal responsibility accepted for beliefs
- Likely a time of tension with friends, family and Church leaders while searching for truth
- Answers not always clear-cut (lots of gray areas)
5) Mystical faith (age no longer a factor)
- Communion with God
- Awareness of God's inner presence
- Recognition of community of all people
- Challenge and improve structure
- Belief that "God is with me at all times therefore life is intrinsically holy by nature"
6) Sacrificial faith
- Identification with truth and justice
- Radical commitment with no regard for personal status or security
- Jesus, Gandhi, Mother Teresa
- Not many reached this stage but there may be traces of it in us, i.e. parental attitudes
Dyer's 6 Keys to the GOOD LIFE
Wayne Dyer: Essential principles for finding your way to an inspired life, these include:
1) Be independent of the good opinion of others
2) Be willing to accept the disapproval of others
3) Stay detached from outcomes
4) Know that we need nothing/no things to be inspired
5) Don’t die wondering
6) Remember that our desires won’t arrive on our schedule. (I’m reminded here of an old quote that goes, “If you really want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.”)
Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development
Moral reasoning is the process of discerning right from wrong. Lawrence Kohlberg believed the mental capacity necessary for discerning right from wrong to be present around the age of thirteen, and that enviromental factors, such as parents, teachers, and peers played an important role in an individual's moral development.
Level one: Preconventional morality (focus on the self)
Stage 1: Punishment and obedience orientation
Rules are fixed and absolute. Obeying the rules is important to avoid punishment.
Stage 2: Personal usefulness or reward orientation
Good is determined by how one's own interests are met. This stage is marked by a "What's in it for me?" or "I'll scratch your back, you scratch mine" mentality.
Level two: Conventional morality (focus on group norms and rules)
Stage 3: Social conformity or pleasing others orientation
Good is what gains the approval of others.
Stage 4: Law and order orientation
The rules and laws of wider society are necessary for social order.
Level three: Post conventional morality (focus on what is right for everyone)
Stage 5: Social contract or civil disobedience
Awareness that the laws of society may occasionally be unjust for some individuals, and therefore require change.
Stage 6: Principled conscience
Individuals at this stage have developed their own set of moral guidelines which apply to everyone, everywhere, at all times. Their principles are based upon the equality and worth of all human beings, and are therefore considered universal despite what the law may say.
The good life
Thoreau: "If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
#TrendThink is our own class hashtag this semester for use in our discussion board and on Twitter to promote social commentary and class-inspired observations regarding social justice and potential paradigm shifts #paradigmshift
Students: You have been a very thoughtful and wonderful group! Your efforts were impressive. Good luck on the rest of your exams and in your next and final semester. I look forward to seeing you at Prom & Grad. Be well.
The Home Stretch
During these last few days of the semester, you should begin studying for the final exam, scroll down to see the final exam review. We will review it in detail together in class on Thursday. You should also make sure you have most of the journals done by the end of the course. Please scroll down to see a list of all the journals. You also need to complete the following: 1. A 1 page blog on Courage. An example will be provided to you. You should create a fictional blog page where you state your philosophy on courage and have two or more fictional people reply on your page to your philosophy. They can agree and expand or disagree. 2. Pick a song. Print out the lyrics. Explain what you think the song is about and why you think it is philosophical. 3. Pick a famous philosopher. Write 4-5 paragraphs about this philosopher. Use at least one source besides your text book. 4. The final set of summative text work is:
p. 229-232 Who was William James?
p.234-237 #3, 4, 8
p.246-261 #3, 4, 8
HZT4U Journals inventory:
*= after Jan.18th
HZT4U Final Exam Review:
For the exam:
Section 1 Short Answer--------------------------------------------/31 marks
Section II Long Answer-------------------------------------------/31 marks
Section III Definitions----------------------------------------------/23 marks
Section IV True or false-------------------------------------------/10 marks
Section V Essay Question ---------------------------------------/15 marks
Exam questions based on journals, assigned text work, guest speakers, films, and lessons, and material that will be covered between Jan.18-22 (i.e., “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelus”, “Idiot Nation” (M.Moore) journal, astro-theology)
Section 1: Short Answer (31)
1. Who said: “Epistemology, knowledge of truth is found only through divine help. Humans can know truth through reason or natural revelation and faith or supernatural revelation.” Was it St. James, St. Thomas Aquinas, or John Locke? (1)
What to study: journal, tests, chapter review & text questions, handouts, Friedrich Nietsche
positive psychology, Life of Pi, Lousie Hay, Gregg Bryden, the Turning Test, Sigmund Freud, metaphysics
Section II- Long Answer (31)
Example question: Describe in detail, Plato’s allegory of the cave.
Study: Thomas Hobbes paradigm shift, Einstein, Charles Darwin
Section III- definitions (22)
Study: Altruism, behaviourism, existentialism, Egoism, Essentialists, Buddhist, logic, deduction, premise
Voltaire, John Stuart Mill, Thomas Hobbes, Joseph Butler, Jean-Paul Sartre, Robert Pirsig, Aristotle
Section IV True or False
Example: Taoists believe that the oneness of the Tao is expressed in nature in a twofold manner, in yin and yang. _____
Section V: Essay Question (15)
Be prepared to talk about one or more of the following: the metaphysical question, What is a person? Artificial intelligence, Materialism, Idealism, The Matrix, “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas”
There will be 2 bonus questions.
-positive psychology is the school of thought that positive thinking makes a difference in life. Key figures in this philosophy include: Norman Vincent Peale, Louise Hay (#1 best selling English non-fiction author who coined the term “positive affirmation”), Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopera, Echart Tolle, Gregg Braden (author of Fractal Time and Deep Truth) and Marianne Willamson. The premise= we have 60,000 thoughts a day. Over 90% of them are the same thoughts as the day before. Therefore, if more than half of them are negative, we will experience more “bad luck” and stress in life and if we can get to a point there 70% or more of our thoughts are positive, we will live life on a level that some people describe as “inner peace.” For example, in the case of the African Violet Lady, she was pathologically paranoid of going to Hell but when she changed her perspective by sharing her gift (green thumb with African violets) her fears went away and she was always happy. Wayne Dyer: “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
-Plato pre-dates Socrates. Socrates was a student of Plato.
-The most important/meaningful line in Life of Pi, is when Pi (who was symbolized by Richard Parker) asks the reporter, “Which story do you prefer? To which the reply comes, “The one with the tiger.” And Pi says, “…And so it goes with God…”
-A major philosophical debate is what defines life. Therefore, it is very debatable whether or not artificial life is possible. The Turing Test coined by Alan Turing, set out to prove or disprove whether the “voice” you are communicating with is human or machine.
-In Lost Season 2, episode 1, “Man of science, man of Faith,” John is the “person of faith? Jack, however, who tries not to have faith, gets faith when his patient and future ex-wife can walk. The hatch is a metaphor for hope, since its discovery provides a flood of hope amoung the castaways.
-In the journal, “Idiot Nation” by Michael Moore, Moore is left of centre. The key quote =“If turning students into billboards isn’t enough, schools and corporations sometimes turn the school itself into one giant neon sign for corporate America.”
-A key journal in the class was: “How the end Begins”
-A key debate in class was: “there is a god” v. “there is not a god” St. Thomas Aquinas was one of the philosophers who tried to offer a philosophical argument for the existence of God.
-key terms/people: metaphysics, paradigm shift, altruism, behaviourism, existentialism, Egoism, Essentialists, logic, deduction, premise, “Socratic method”, Doomsday Clock,Voltaire, John Stuart Mill, Thomas Hobbes, Joseph Butler, Jean-Paul Sartre, Robert Pirsig, Aristotle
-hint: Pick one: a) Define fallacies. b) What do you think has been the biggest war crime of the 21st century and explain.
-metaphysics unit arguments: Materialism, Idealism, Descartes' psycho-physical dualism, Determinism
John Counsell notes
Yesterday (Jan.5th), we welcomed John Counsell as a guest speaker. He is a pastor at Vanier Community and Capital City Bikers Church (Pentecostal). He is also the host of "Late Night Council" on CFRA 580AM each weeknight from 9-11PM. He has been in talk radio since 1982. He has been with CFRA since 1998. One of his favorite quotes is: "We don't see things the way they are, we see things the way we are." -Author unknown-
-political spectrums and the curve theory that the two ends of the spectrum are essentially the same thing.
-the Bible's take on being submissive to Caesar and then comparing it to today's world and how our leaders are not as ruthless as people like Nero (etc)
-"How are you?" Usually people do not answer this honestly. "How do you think I am?" would be an honest albeit rhetorical answer.
-Best indentifications = your actions (He is pegged Conservative but he says he is a follower of Christ more so than a conservative).
-Liberals are more left now then they were under Martin and Chretien.
-Promise Keepers Movement
-World is governed by pegged labelling
-follower of Christ does not equal right or left wing ("The bird died a long time ago.")
-Failure of Detroit (free homes (you can buy a home for $0.00 in Detroit if you assume the debt of the previous owner, still a lot cheaper than a house the same size in any other US/Canadian city)).
-Media left to right spectrum, from left to right: CBC, CTV, Global, CBS, ABC, CNN, SUN, CFRA, Fox.
-"There is no truth" Agree or disagree?
Term II under way
Today: -Journal: Is it valuable to learn about different cultures. Explain your opinion.
-Txt work: q’s p.117
-P.117-120: What do Taoists believe? What is a mystic? Have you ever had a mystical experience?
-Students hand in Matrix assignment if they have not done so already. This is a summative assignment and if a student is not done they have ‘till Sunday to e-mail it to me: Rob.D'Alessio@cdsbeo.on.ca
Next week: metaphysics, meditation, time to work on philosophical cafe.
Please note that today we watched The Matrix. This is one of two films we watch in the course (1 per term). If you were absent, please see teacher. Please also note that I will be away Monday and Tuesday on a field trip. Students will Finish watching The Matrix. Students will work on Matrix assignment (to be distributed Monday) as well as 2 journals + txt work: p.107 #4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
Tuesdays With Morrie
Through the Worm Hole
Why do bad things happen?
Consider this: In Star Trek Voyager (Season 3), there is an episode where the Doctor (a holographic artificial intelligence) creates a holographic family, but B'elanna Torres thinks that the Doctor's simulation is too "nice" (in a "Leave It To beaver" sort of way). She introduces some alterations to the program to make the simulation more accurate to real life: a wife who often disagrees, a rebellious teenage son, and a daughter who is sure she knows better than her doting father. When his daughter, Belle, is critically injured, the Doctor must make a choice, run back to his Voyager life, or face the harsh "reality" of losing a loved one. The Doctor shuts down his family program. However, Lieutenant Tom Paris says to the Doctor, “I guess all of us would avoid that kind of pain if we could. But most people don't have that choice. To which the Doctor replies, “Well, fortunately I do.” Then, Paris asks, “Is it so fortunate? You created that program so you could experience what it's like to have a family. The good times and the bad. You can't have one without the other.” The Doctor says: “I fail to see why not.” Paris responds: “Think about what's happened to us here on Voyager. Everyone left people behind, and everyone suffered a loss. But... look how it's brought us all closer together. We found support here, and friendship, and we've become a family, in part because of the pain we shared. If you turn your back on this program, you'll always be stuck at this point. You'll never have the chance to say goodbye to your daughter. Or to be there for your wife and son when they need you. And you'll be cheating yourself of the chance to have their love and support. In the long run, you'll miss the whole point of what it means to have a family.”
"Humans consider themselves unique so they've rooted there whole theory of existence on their uniqueness. One is their unit of measure, but it's not. All social systems we've put into place are a mere sketch. One plus one equals two. That's all we've learned, but one plus one has never equaled two. There are, in fact, no numbers and no letters. We've codified our existence to bring it down to human size to make it comprehensible. We've created a scale so that we can forget its unfathomable scale."
Today (Oct.6th), the Philosophical Cafe Project is being assigned* Please see handout distributed in class today.
Prof. Reid from the Philosophy Dept. at Ottawa U will be speaking to the class on Nov.13th.*
this week's txt work
p. 42 #1 or 2 in pairs, #3; p.10 #2; p.22-23 #2-4; p.33 #3; p.42 #3. And a reminder of this week's journals: Tipping Point; p.55, stress, evil eye, customer service, and "cool".
Is the universe a hologram?
Follow-up to discussion on animals
General steps to following through on a project
1. READ THE WHOLE ASSIGNMENT OUT LOUD FROM START TO FINISH :)
2. Brainstorm ideas
3. Create Outline
4. Conduct Research
5. Revise Outline
6. Conduct more Research
7. Reference Research (citationmachine.net)
8. Write Rough Draft- turn your outline points into sentences
9. Proofread & Edit
10. Write Final Draft
Edgar A. Guest
Improve Your Mind (Bishop Sheen)
I too am American
"...But one plus one has never equaled two. They are in fact no numbers and no letters. We've codified our existence to bring it down to human size to make it comprehensible. We've created a scale so that we can forget its unfathomable scale."
Scrapbook & Song lyrics
FAQ: Some additional information as per popular demand, on the scrapbook and song lyric synopsis:
A) Scrapbook: Meant to be done over an 8 day period, please find at least 6 articles (you will need at least 12 for a 4+) that tie into course content (eg. Philosophical statements about current events (politics, justice, terrorism, religion), Mindfulness, mental health, bullying, brain research, paranormal theories/stories, sociology, spirituality, stress, the environment (etc)). You may use actual newspapers, Google News (old articles are OK), Psychology Today Magazine, Coast to Coast AM, Louise Hay, Malcolm Gladwell, Michael Moore etc). *Can be hard copy or electronic.
Part I. 20 Points
Variety of items included; topics are relevant; you include a paragraph explaining your interpretation of an article of your choice or the scrapbook as a whole.
B) Song Lyric: You may ask to see examplars. You must print out lyrics of a song of your choice. The song can't be just a literal ballad it must have indirect or direct symbolic value that denotes a philosophical view that you agree or disagree with. A song that is a political or social commentary or a song about human nature would work. Offer your interpretation. Cite your source for the lyrics and any other sources you use in the event that you make reference to others' interpretations as well as your own.
Poem: "Autobiography in 5 Short Chapters"
(Might this be the best poem ever about life?)
Chomsky, Bishop Sheen and J. Maxwell links
John C. Parkin says: "The true philosopher doesn't fix a position and then argue for it or from it... the most common use of the word 'philosophy' is now when we say, 'Well, my philosophy is...' 'My philosophy is that you should always look before you leap.' We precede a statement of our fixed view with the suggestion that it's our philosophy.' Whereas philosophy is about simple questioning. I'm fascinated by how things work. But I don't (any longer) come in with a fixed idea of how I think they should work."
"And therefore, if the head and body are to be well, you must begin by curing the soul; that is the first thing."
December head's up
You will have one month to complete the following two tasks: 1. as some of you have done in English class, pick a song, print out the lyrics, write a one paragraph synopsis of the song and explain why you think it is philosophical. 2. Begin collecting news and/or magazine articles. Anything that touches on a philosophical issue or debate topic. Collect at least ten of these over the next couple weeks and for each article write at least one sentence stating why you think it is philosophical (at least in part) in nature. You may use class links to articles but at least five of your articles must be found on your own through newspaper(s), magazines, and websites. Cite your sources.
Did you know?
People who write about their problems gain a host of benefits including feeling happier, sleeping better, and even getting better grades.
Our Future in Space Exploration
Max Planck, the father of quantum theory quote
“Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are part of nature and, therefore, part of the mystery that we are trying to solve.”
It’s one of the weirdest findings in psychology. According to cognitive dissonance, it’s difficult to hold two contradicting beliefs and so we adjust to one unconsciously, so that it fits with the other. A study done on the same, found that a task is interesting to a student if they are paid less to take part. We reason that since money was not involved then the task must have been interesting for us to do it. A boring task will become interesting because it’s hard to explain the behavior. This theory is unsettling because our minds seem to be performing rationalizations like this many times without consciously knowing. So how can you be sure of what you really think?
Philosophical question of the week
Could living multiple lives in alternate realities cause false memories?
Famous Fear quote
Fear came knocking at the door, Love answered and nobody was there.
Old quote could apply to e-mails and texts now.
''The Moving* Fing*er writes and having* writ,
Moves on; nor all your piety nor wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a line,
Nor all your tears blot out a word of it."
From the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.
Quote of the week
“Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error.” -Marcus Tullius Cicero-
New class Links
1. As a follow up to the clips from the documentary Fahrenheit 911 Here is a link to the Bush speech that was delivered on the eve of the Iraq War:
2. As we conduct resilience surveys at the school, fittingly, we have a positive psychology unit. Positive Psy (law of attraction, mindfulness, positive thinking/aspects/affirmations/afformations, meditation, journey work, compassion-based philosophy, and the "Art of Allowing") Links:
-Deepak meditation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0IOf08pTRc
-Dr. Wayne Dyer: Getting Into the Gap Lord's Prayer meditation:
-Wayne DYER talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNrEFpkgWQo
-Are the World's great thinkers positive? And did Beacom make the list?
-Article: Can You Imagine cancer away?: http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/03/03/ep.seidler.cancer.mind.body/index.html?hpt=Sbin
-Mindfulness video: Bruce Lipton & Wayne Dyer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiXD6ySST8U
Marrianne Williamson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjU08nvPoAk
On Coast to Coast AM last Thursday, Eldon Taylor, bestselling author, talked about Thanksgiving and the power of gratitude and positive thought. He explained that it's never too late to be happy and successful, and how being thankful is a major step toward moving forward and living a satisfying and fulfilling life. "The real power of gratitude comes from what we give-- when we're giving...we discover what gratitude means," he stated. He described turning things around with a suicidal patient, by instructing her to do one good deed every day, and write it down in a journal and reflect upon it.
Instead of focusing on negative ideations such as envy, one can adopt a "gratitude attitude," and by changing one's perception about a given situation they will change their reaction to it, he noted. Adopting a grateful stance improves one's karma and does away with self-pity, low self-esteem, and guilt, he continued. Further, if one focuses on gratitude for five minutes a day, they'll experience an increase in their well-being that's equivalent to a doubling of their income, Taylor suggested.
Key Term: Placebo Effect: You are having a headache. You take some aspirin and a few seconds later, you are feeling so much better. Have you experienced this? Well, it can’t be as a result of the drug because the drug would need at least 15 minutes for it to kick in. This is what is called the Placebo effect. Since your mind knows you have taken a pill, you feel better. This effect is mostly strongest in medicine where pain is involved. A placebo of salty water (saline) would work just as powerfully as morphine would. The word Placebo is Latin for ‘I shall please’. In another study done, 80% improvement from taking drugs like Prozac was placebo. They could as well have taken the sugar pill. The placebo effect can be considered counter-intuitive because the body and mind are not separate. The Opposite is called the nocebo.
Famous Philosopher Biography Essay/ Philosophical Cafe
Length: 5 paragraphs
Pick a famous philosopher. Provide biographical information on him/her. What type of philosopher were they? What is your impression of the philosopher's view on life and humanity? What is one teaching of theirs that you either agree with or disagree with, explain? Include an introduction, a conclusion, and at least once source other than your text and Wikipedia (although you can also use your text and Wikipedia too).
Title page: /5
"Philosophical Cafe". You will be given class time to work on this. Reminders:
-A philosophy cafe is like a science fair. You and your partner or two partners are to create a display and discuss with visitors to the class, philosophy in general and a very specific type of philosophy such as “Is there such a thing as evil” OR “Are humans bad?” OR "Is Life Fair?"
Creating Café brochures/display
Each person writing and handing in a 1 ½ page summary of what they learned
Each group will design and create a brochure/display (using original text and visual elements)
explaining to an audience unfamiliar with philosophy what philosophy is and the kind of
personal qualities (based on the group’s list) that one must possess in order to be an
effective philosopher. The brochure must also include a list of topics and questions that
are particularly suitable to philosophical discussion. Each group’s design must represent the
collaborative effort and abilities of the group.
Because this is a philosophy café, students will be permitted light refreshments
and coffee during the fair/discussion portion of the assignment.
Dr. Dyer's top 5 most motivational speeches ever list
Term 1 Checklist
p.22 (#2-4), p.28 (#1), p. 33 (#1-3), p.83/84/87 (#1-2), p. 42/44 (#1-2), p.59 (#3), p.54 (#1), p.57 (#1-3), p.59 (#1-2), p.63 (#1-3); Tribute; journals; skit; logic paragraph; Matrix assignment
Paradym Shift? Marrianne Williamson: " In 1776, the USA was founded in repudiation of an aristocratic system. Some of those who risked their lives to sign the Declaration of Independence were themselves slaveowners, so from our earliest beginnings our work has been to close the gap between who we purported to be and how we actually behaved.
Over time, Americans have worked to do that -- every generation facing its own challenges and resistances to "creating a more perfect union." Today, we are challenged as ...much as any generation before us -- not by a specific institutional injustice such as slavery or lack of women's suffrage, so much as by an all-pervasive reversion to the very aristocratic mentality that we were founded to reject.
Today, this aristocracy is called "plutocracy" or "oligarchy." It doesn't matter what it's called, but it matters greatly how it operates. Through tax, trade and banking policies -- and particularly with permission granted it by the Supreme Court to flood our electoral system with so much money that it can, IF the citizens are not vigilant, drown out the voices of average citizens -- the new aristocracy now feasts on a system of legalized bribery and corruption."
Dr. Phil v. Abraham Hicks
Dr. Phil says “Time heals nothing” but… Abraham-Hicks says: “The buffer of time gives you the opportunity to get it right before it manifests, to take pleasure from the vision and from the molding it into place... Can you imagine if everything was manifesting instantly? You would manifest this, and then you would manifest it away. And then you'd manifest that, and then... It would be a difficult thing if you were instantly manifesting every whim or every misaligned thought. It's so much better that you have this buffer of time where you can feel it into perfection before it manifests into your experience.”
If your group has not yet performed their LOGIC/fallacy skit in class, please do so by Oct.29th.
Does Santa Exist
Lyrics Synopsis Journal
Write down an example of a)fact b)faith c)myth d)theory e) paradime shift
Any group that has not performed their False Logic skit yet must do so on Monday*
By the end of term 1, we will have done journal writing, thought experiments, the good life tribute assignment, and have covered some of the first 5 chapters of the txt and got into logic, metaphysics, and science philosophy. Our Philosophize Fridays will have been host to some outstanding discussion. We will have watched The Matrix, Lost (Season 2, ep.1 ("Man of Science, Man of Faith")) and What the Bleep Do We Know and have interpreted Plato's Allegory of the Cave and The Ones Who Walk Away From Omulus.
Wayne Dyer's philosophy
"My favorite definition of success, which I’ve cited on numerous occasions, was offered by Henry David Thoreau in the mid-19th century at Walden Pond: “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” I’ve italicized two words in Thoreau’s definition of success—dreams and imagined. What Thoreau is saying is so important to you today. Be willing to dream, and imagine yourself becoming all that you wish to be. If you live from those imaginings, the universe will align with you in bringing all that you wish for—and even more than you imagined when you were living at an ordinary level of consciousness, or what Thoreau calls “common hours.” Keep in mind the basic axiom—all that now exists was once imagined. It follows then that what you want to exist for you in the future must now be imagined. You’ll see as you read through these foundations for fulfilling your wishes that using your imagination involves more intensity on your part than just imagining an occasional wishful thought. You must first unlearn some of the ways that you’ve been misusing or squandering the capacity your imagination has for providing you with an unlimited ability to manifest all that you desire. Thoreau called it advancing confidently in the direction of your own dreams. Unfortunately, most of us have learned to do the opposite with our imagination, and instead regularly use it to develop mental habits of advancing in precisely the reverse direction of our highest dreams for ourselves. In my book Wishes Fulfilled, I also address in depth how to utilize the I ams and live from your I am God awareness, beginning with your imagination. Recall that I am God doesn’t refer to your body in any way. It refers to the birthless, deathless, changeless spirit that remains in all the changing forms your body takes every moment of your temporary life here on Earth. It is important that you recognize a few of the imagination missteps that will block you from fulfilling your unique desires. Remember that your imagination is yours and yours alone. You have the inborn capacity to use it in any way that you choose. No one else is responsible for your imagination. Anything placed in your imagination and held there ultimately becomes your reality.Nikos Kazantzakis reinforces this idea by giving these words to his fanciful character Zorba (in his book Zorba the Greek), who always lived his life to the fullest: “By believing passionately in something that does not yet exist we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.” This is the power of your imagination when what you desire is imagined sufficiently to make it your reality. Don’t diminish this great gift by using it in a way that is antithetical to its I am God original nature. Perhaps the most common misuse of imagination is stressing what you don’t want for yourself. This is the largest category of misusing imagination. Start paying attention to general conversation, and you will be astounded at how incredibly prevalent it is. Imagining that finds expression in phrases like, I don’t deserve prosperity, I am always so unlucky, Things never work out for me, and I am unhealthy and cannot be healed, are the kind of ideas that may have been entertained since childhood. Highly functioning self-actualized people simply never imagine what it is that they don’t wish to have as their reality. Begin noticing and being careful about keeping your imagination free of thoughts that you do not wish to materialize. Instead, initiate a practice of filling your creative thoughts to overflow with ideas and wishes that you fully intend to manifest. Honor your imaginings regardless of others seeing them as crazy or impossible. Recall the words of Kazantzakis and passionately believe in that which is in your imagination and which does not yet exist on the physical plane.
Abraham Hicks teaching
Because others cannot vibrate in your experience, they cannot affect the outcome of your experience. They can hold their opinions, but unless their opinion affects your opinion, their opinion matters not at all. A million people could be pushing against you and it would not negatively affect you unless you push back. That million people pushing against you are affecting their millions of vibrations. They are affecting what happens in their experience. They are affecting their point of attraction, but it does not affect you unless you push against them. -Abraham Hicks-
Thought For The Day
“The glass is half full of what is.”
“The sun never says to the earth,
'You owe me.'