be

be vocal
be dangerous
be reserved, be ethical
be compassionate
be the rise of the day
be the setting sun
be the lows. tangents , the between
just be.

Be as you are – Fritz Perls

IMHOs

more of my humble opinions
ethics * self * needs * compassion * reserve * value *

founders GESTALT – existential humanistic therapies

FRITZ PERLS: http://gestalttheory.com/persons/fritzperls/
LAURA POSNER PERLS: http://www.gestalt.org/laura.htm

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what is power?


“your never drunk, that real control, control is power”
“is that why they fear us ?”
“We have the fucking power to kill thats why they fear us”
“if a man commits a crime we have him killed […] or we kill him ourselves and feel pretty good[…]
thats not power though, thats justice. ”
“Power is when we have every justication to kill and we dont”

Oscar follows up the discourse with a story of a judge who pardons a criminal, “thats power”.
Stephen Spielberg movie “Schindler’s List
What was Spielberg conveying here? THIS IS human power :

  • to hold anothers fate in his hands and action
  • to betray the formal code, to see value and future value, more so than a punishment of death to a felon.
  • to risk his own stature in a pardon

quotes about violence , power and justice

 
 

” Violence is not power, but the absence of power. ”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

” Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. ”
Abraham Lincoln

The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.
Napoleon Bonaparte

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.”
Henry Ward Beecher

“Absolute power was not meant for man”
William E. Channing

“The only real power comes out of a long rifle.”
Joseph Stalin

“He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.”
Adolf Hitler

Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.
George Washington

We are not for Names, nor Men, nor Titles of Government, nor are we for this Party, nor against the other, because of its Name and Pretence; but we are for Justice and Mercy, and Truth and Peace, and true Freedom, that these may be exalted in our Nation.
Edward Burrough,Quaker

 
 

 
 

” With great power there must also come great responsibility!”
Stan Lee

 
 

” Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power “
Tao Te Ching

 
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Balance of power U.S Fed

My opinion is that: the U.S government should have been or should be greatest functioning government there is — A government concerned for its people. A government that protects the safety of persons, and their legal space, from each other and from the government itself. When in time of peace and health, a government that does not obstruct the creed “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness ”

Different opinions are held on how much additional usage and power the federal government has. Their is no debate that the U.S government hasnot always lived up to full protection of its people and space. (eg. Slavery in the early 1800s)

Mexican Shoot Out

So how does the government work and how does it keep it self in check?
U.S. Federal Government has three branches, two that are influence by democratic vote.
Each of the three Branches ( EXECUTIVE, LEGISLATIVE , JUDICIAL ) has checks and balances on the other two

VIDEO

credit —Khan Academy .

yet another liberal-conservative spectrum

at 4 minutes to the end of this sweet and short presentation, an important and historical question is asked.
this is described in certain contexts, especially the Judicial as the Liberal – Conservative argument.
How did the original writers of the constitution, who layed the frame work for the federal, intend the separation and checks of the government
to be carried out.

  1. the so called conservative interpretation, is to stick firmly to the intentions of th constitutional authors.
    This is a challenge because one would have to understand the complete history in zeigeist of the authors, and do so from todays lenses.
  2. The so called liberal perceptive is that the authors of the constitution expected the interpretation of the constitution to change. After All the Constitution is amendable.
    But how flexible should a reinterpretation of the constitutional be? what is the frame work or precess for the flexibility?
    what are the consequences for a quick deviation?

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Filter_Noise – zone , localise, breathe

originally posted October, 2012

2017-2018 more than ever– especially if one is bombarded with news from television, radio and web feeds– over what is happening “over there”. this group and that group, and globalisation.
Are the going-ons of “over-there” really more important.. during the entire course of a day.. than, going-ons right in the air one breathes… his wellness?
does the ” happening over-there” really apply to oneself? How would he know? his expertise is what and where HE_is over the course of a day.
In practice, breathing and zoning enhances a localized approach in thinking and doing. a practice  that is more economical to ones personal ecology;
without invading th ecology of “over there.”
it is not avoidant, excessively selfish or xenophobic, to organize ones influence, affect and maintenance from a localized center zoning of importance.

In his work ” Introduction of Permaculture“, Mollison explains his use of “zoning” to allocate areas of gardening and agriculture in a landscape. “Zones”, are prioritize by importance and demand of work. most important and/or work/time intensive crops are located closes to the dwelling area. Un-farmed areas are designated as “the wild”.

Mollison’s (and fellow permaculture father Dave Holmgren) application of zoning is, essential, the act of organizing one’s environment — in the case of permaculture — the garden or farm, around and including living-space. In the image above the living quarters in graphically centered; the most labor intensive and important areas of the garden are kept close .. the least important tasks are pushed to “the wild” or unmanaged land.

I’ve been thinking about the Permaculture method of zoning in gardening and agriculture and I have wondered if one could apply (pattern, if you will) zoning to managing the flood of stimuli and information that seems thrown at us in our day-to-day busy lives.
So many things we sense or think about  in any moment of our consciousness, One could easily feel overwhelmed and overloaded.
I am wondering if i can make a connection with Gestalt talk as well, as one visualize  zones as figures formed out of a ground (what Mollison calls the wild) by designers.

Could one organize, or garden , his rough consciousness landscape of raw stimuli, senses thoughts, worries, brainstorms and activities? Keep the meaningful tasks, ideas and concerns close and push meaningless data to the background?

From Dischord find Harmony

— Albert Einstein *

Image, senses and thoughts arise as Gestalts, figures from the background of constant noise, discord… It’s up to you and I to decide what is meaningful, important at a given moment, and reject unimportant information, zone back to “the wild”, or background.

info-zone-jpg

so how can i improve my abilty to “zone” the flood of information each day?
one way could be to create a simple todo list:
here is one: Pennsylavania Echoes — Todo List.

I keep a todo or task list on my computer, also a calendar — and I have learned not to worry about them until I look at them again.

Another way to learn how to stay relatively “mindful” of important things in the moment and filter out the meaningless to “the  wild ”  or “background”:
Sit or stand somewhere in …

  1. relax, be confident, be square in posture.
  2. breathe in and out from the belly
  3. become aware of your breathing
  4. when you catch you mind thinking of some else return to step one

I like this breathing exercise and practice often. I am less distracted by unimportant thing in the present- centered moment.

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When being mindful of only breathing, breathing fills the whole of mindfulness, a single zone, while all else is ignored and left to the background of wild data.
Overtime, breathing exercises and meditations are helpful in developing an intuitive ability to zone:
cognation and doing what is important at the moment, and letting go of the unimportant.

Its a great way to reducing stress, feeling more organized, focused and at-peace.

Understanding Others for Career Choices

After Visiting the Library  I found a great book for young old––
for   plotting  future career considerations:

https://echopen.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/carreer.jpg?w=351&h=264

Career- graphic guide to finding the perfect.. (DM publishing)

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I decided to make my mindmap  (A note and brainstorming tool)
using page 10:

Understanding Yourself

mindmaps are a great tool   for  brainstorming or general notes––
all you really need is a pencil and paper.
I used  Freeplane  software  in this case. (note: freeplane requires Java)

Here is my map:

https://echopen.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/understanding-yourself1-pennsylvania-echoes.jpg

Understanding yourself: for Careers

 

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Outline Form:

 

https://echopen.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/understanding-yourself-freeplace-pennsylvania.jpg

Understanding Yourself- Career Paths  outline form (Freeplane)

click here shows an outline in text

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Good luck on your own Career choices

Cash Value of Meaning and Truth

To better understand William James’s  metaphor of  the Cash Value of Truth, I would like to make a case that “Cash value of Meaning” would be an improved word choice for today.
This is to say that from a subjective stand point, a person decides what is meaningful and how meaningful in any given context ( family social, work social environmental, aesthetically such as Studying a sculpture in a gallery) etc), in a market like process. Each context has own meanings, finally interpreted by the person, himself in his own interests.William James

A simplified example two people in the context of conversation.

Each person brings memory, previous opinion, biology, world view, diction and present mood into the field of conversation. This context of meeting  includes the physical location, and participants, including anything in the background. It maybe limited to what was discussed. If the two converse freely, the talking points and their significance of each discussed topic is decided by the participants in a intersubjective manner. All the topics discussed belong to the conversation and should rely only on that field at the time. How significant each topic was is prioritized with events in that field of conversation.

This may have been a meaningful exchange. The importances of this bracket event: the conversation, is experienced and prioritized by emotive, intellectual and active reaction. the important moments are provocative.

Later, If one the participants, reflects on the conversation earlier (people usually do) to define more meaning, they are now creating a NEW context. Now the context, or field, is with the person and his memory. Probably not as provocative… the entire market place is within the coercion of his own world view and mood of the location and his body/mind. The participants of the market place, of this moment of reflection are entirely himself. All arguments are of himself… body,mind, location.

  • Each meaningful experience is localized event. This fits with James thoughts that life is a series of interwoven experiences.
  • Interpersonal / intersubjective meanings are less coerced when it is discussed or experienced with multiple participants, whether other people, organisms, or environmental agents. just as William James market- like metaphor suggest.
  • The building blocks of are more constant meaningful ideas are defined tested and retested by new day to day experiences.

“Truth’s” for  William James,  are meaningful (in that they provocative or conscious constructed) ideas that are assimilated by one or many by verification in the marketplace of a reality. Truth is always contextual, always referring to experience, social, environmental, spatial, etc.  Truth always refers to an experience or a series of experiences where they are verified intersubjectively by all the participants in the field.  This holds true in science and other Academic contexts where ideas are rigorously tested by  the tester,   subject and controlled fields of testing.

Meaningful Conclusion

Truth Happens to an Idea as James proclaims, after rigorous testing in experiences, or its deemed as not true.
“Meaning of Ideas” is when those ideas and happenings, true or not, have a significance or use,  and  a how significant or useful to the ideas that are  tested in the realm of experiences.

Diversity and Individual freedom

What would be the point of championing personal “freedom” without championing “diversity”?.
How can one talk of how fervently he or she values their own ability to make choices, have control of his world view and life styles, what actions they take today and in the future, without regarding the freedom of choices in others?
If one wish to advocate to others his / her ” personal freedom” : What is in it for his audience if they can’t have this same freedom for themselves?

Please excuse my rhetorical device…. No one actually to told me that they disdain diversity today . I am just entertaining the idea that social diversity and personal freedom go hand and hand.
After all, I expect that a large group of people, a community made up of individuals who enjoy their freedoms , would result in a community made up of individuals who act and think quite differently. — potentially a diverse population. I couldn’t possibly advocate personal freedom, without advocating the freedoms for others, the freedom to be different in some way than others.

You see, in my estimations , We still need to include group ethics in a conversation of freedom of the individual. Freedom is contextual, there would be no need to talk of civil liberties of persons (or other critters) if their was no one else around.

I champion the ethics of reciprocity and dignity , the golden rule : treat others as I would wish to be treated; expect the same in return; expect that all sides are esteemed. Its a cornerstone of individuality and diversity in community.

If I demand others to tolerate my personal freedoms in choices in belief , attitude and action then i must tolerate other’s freedom in choices of the same.
To do so is to expect that another may have a different lifestyle, way of thinking, way of being, then my own. If we are not trampling on each others dignity, well -being, or personal freedoms this should work out fine. To respect one and another, does not mean we have to like every aspect of one and other.  To do so is to respect and expect diversity and personal freedom.