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  1. My social work major team mate noted not all harm is physical...... it felt like a mental yo-yo in class today von
  2. Well I am feeling a bit better that other people find these hypotheticals lacking von
  3. My team tried that... it seemed reasonable to us as well.... thx von
  4. The next problem.... True or false....if you drop you pen it will hit the ground? von
  5. I do not have any issues with your assessment.... I find the entire class frustrating a good portion of the time. The argument that finally stopped it was made by one of my IT major teammates... His response was a tiger was hurting the child....the tiger needed to eat....it is irrelevant the child is innocent.... to a tiger a child is just meat.... which finally gave us a reprieve When my teammate pointed out nothing in the original question stated a human was hurting the child we could finally move on.... von
  6. 1. Slapping a child to alert it to danger or prevent harm got tossed by the teacher.... because she felt the inclusion if the word innocent indicated the child was not “doing” anything to warrant action several in class did did not agree with that 2. Good on you.... none of us came up with a vaccination .... at the rate she was tossing up our suggestions.... I am guessing she would tell us (after the fact) not all kids mind shots.... this one did not. I sure some lunacy like that would have happened We as a class had trouble defining wrong.... hurt and innocent......oh and for awhile... we could not even agree on the word child One student did come up with an argument that stopped us being rebuffed for a second hour.... von
  7. Today in class there was a simple question: True or false - it is wrong to hurt an innocent child. I assumed that was a no-brained true statement... Silly me! Anyone want to jump in with an example of why that is not true? von
  8. Your right...I missed it...sorry that I did....it is both relevant and clever.....I am enjoying it now though von
  9. True enough. Yet moving from a thought problem to a practical application. Where do we stick the landing (in general) - not me specifically - but any of us - where is the line between falling into the general patterns of social norms (right amount of flexible without being useless).....and being an extremist. Is it always in the eye of the other guy? Does it only matter how we see ourselves. We all know generalities are the bane of conversation far too often as it deteriorates. Too - for some even a two-sided box is too restrictive. In hearing another person and realizing the general perception I suspect a majority would conclude...It got me thinking about not just me - but all people. Do we factor in the appearances we project when we share our opinions. Does drawing a line limit you? Does failing to draw a line limit you? Is the correct average 50%. There is sort of no way to assess and process without moving back and forth between those two sides which puts most of us in gray most of the time. Or does it? By the way - of no importance other than fun - apparently - I learned - we get to choose if we wanna get to spell it grEy or grAy...I like those words. Too few of them. I like to choose it either way - which makes gray a fun word in my view. Just threw that in for fun facts and things I am getting a tickle out of this morning von
  10. To an extent I would agree...but then again - there are things we sense without knowing that drive us (so I agree... we all dip into the gray area as we work our way to a solid conviction.) Sometimes I form an opinion from an emotional stance. I am NEVER neutral about my family and I know it. I mostly can flex but not there. It is not a reasonable issue for me. If the life of those I love is in question - I am not rational about spending money to make it right by them, for example. I avoid debt of any kind as a general rule - but I would sink into debt over my eyeballs - and above all reason if money would fix things. So my opinion of me and my approach is that my action are not at all correct. Judging me by my entire history of previous behavior over my entire life ...by my own sense of reason I am being a fool. But that would not stop me. Sometimes in voting...my opinion is I am choosing the lesser of two evils.....and neither person is worth a hoot. I vote anyway. Those voting of the other guy might be of the same opinion. That would make neither of us correct other than we agreed voting is important. That gray area seems mushy. The black-white option seems stuck in cement. I dunno - - - still working on it - but thanks for joining in - - - I'll eventually move out of the quagmire. von
  11. Yes, I agree. That was my first thought too. Drawing lines CAN trip us up...perhaps not the shade of the color but the rigidity of thought is the issue? But as noted above - allowing it is a rigidity/flexibility issue....is there a safety zone (like dead center) where one aims to be (note target discussion and needing one to gain direction)..... If we aim to keep our view in the dead center range - for example - are we then viewed as lacking conviction....or being spineless or too wishy washy? Is flexible enough to one - having no back bone to another? Just ruminating.....thx for joining me there.... von
  12. I agree you should have long & short range targets. Its hard to hit a target you cannot see. Not impossible but less probable. That is the direction. The planking on the track holds the rails in place....so we have values/ethics/yardsticks to address integrity and quality of life. So where does the black and white and gray figure into this? The gravel between the ties. The packing of the ties? Some place the planking wider apart - some closer together...some nailed in place (not allowing movement or expansion as easily? How do you see the black/gray/white issue in terms of priorities/new info/ having conviction etc. ? If I had an answer I would offer it - I am just filtering through the impressions of that student yesterday and reflecting on how he came across...how do any of us come across ...where would someone place me by MY conversation on the scale of a zillion shades of gray....where do I WANT To fall in that range - - - and how do we sort that out neatly and cleanly.....I dunno - just plumbing the best minds I know for this sort of thinking. von
  13. You know...I had seen you post this before but I have to admit I did not fully appreciate it until today. AFTER a few days of watching some stellar presenters on U-Tube....I finally heard the full analogy and it was delivered calmly and reasonably. The speaker identified there were (he gave a specific number close to 3,000) verifiable god/Gods in the course of humankind. Today there are, if each having worshipers is a criteria - there are over 2,000 with active groups of faithful. He asked the audience to just count the ones THEY personally had head of ....including the gods/Gods of major religions in the world today and the audience, collectively, could name more than two dozen. (one Hindu chap could list more than that by himself) but they settled on two dozen as an agreeable number. There was also a consensus there would always be those who had faith and those who did not. So for the next few minutes they would table any discussion of PROVING the existence of God (or disproving it).... Then he said if for a moment - just one moment the group could agree that no one knows.....and EVERYONE agrees it is possible that God DOES exist - for that moment- the entire room is agnostic. That is the one common label that would fit the group for that one minute. When asked - those believing right now in ONLY ONE GOD to raise their hands. He then noted that they, in fact - were atheists regarding the other 23 God's written on the overhead. They smiled wryly but admitted that they did not believe the other gods existed so they were indeed atheists regarding (23) gods. The speaker then said - - - the line above. And I am an atheist to just one more than you. It was actually interesting to watch the two groups find common ground. AFTER hearing that one time - I saw several similar moments and find it quite an eye opener. I heard it before but did not fully understand it ...I guess i needed an longer version to connect the dots. Not the first time I was slow on the uptake. Won't be the last either. But it is quite comforting to see that there is not an uncrossable divide there. Other observations? von
  14. While engaging in idle chatter with another student at the university I noticed a sort of pattern in his speech. He is currently a criminal justice major having just left Political Science after two years in that field. I noticed he saw lots of things as either black or white...with very little space between the two. That is not a judgement call as to the correctness of that line of thinking - just a summary of what I was hearing. I could not help listening to his various theories and opinions...I could not help but wonder when we draw lines in the sand....have we just created one more thing to trip our own self up? von
  15. First, Thanks to all for keeping me on track on this assignment! Second - thanks for the tip to check out U-Tube...I whiled away a good chunk of time watching a wide array of information regarding this topic. All of it informative to me. I guess there was a LARGE swath of things I did not know about atheists and agnostics. Some of the interviews and presentations were witty, clever and a couple downright humorous. I am going with the Agnostic Atheist label for round one (thanks for casting your votes) (even though it was not officially designated as an option) ....it seemed the closest fit ...that I felt i might have a shot to explain. In reality I still do not really have an interest in any of these labels but since I have to pick one to get through this assignment - that seems the best fit. There were SPLENDID presentations explaining without rancor ....any number of reasons a person might choose any option. I am actually making flashcards to prep for the class discussion. I might not think to swiftly on my feet without a bit of advance work there. My position essentially centers on a MUCH abbreviated scale of nicely knitted concept from Dr. Dawkins. He managed to neatly weave everyone into "NONE OF US KNOWS." That being the opening perimeter on my position....we see commonality since none of us knows Some can choose to BELIEVE in a Supreme Being and live a happy moral life. Some just leave it at the opening gambit - we don't know ...and we too can have a happy moral life. The counter position would be (if we get to choose)... that other than the most extreme fringes of Deism or atheism - the vast majority of humans being need not make any of this.... a barrier. i am still working on it - but this is the sort of rough draft of where I am so far. I plan on tweaking this it is NOT set. It is a rather illusive and paradoxical and dynamic pack of thoughts. At least, now, after seeing the solid thinking on this thread - whatever happens I don't feel a need to do battle. All of this helped me to see it as just one more exercise in growing up and sorting things out in my heard. This seems to be a simple position. A potentially inclusive position. It is fine if others don't agree. It has always been a puzzle to me to understand the need for rightness on this topic. No one is, actually, right when I think about it. (including me.) It is sort of an continuous evolution lasting a lifetime maybe. Maybe nothing spiritual should end in heated conflict..... von
  16. Ha! No. But you gave me a chuckle there are are days I find myself less resilient ....and I just trying to see if others have ideas to refresh my own zest von PS...I am finding as my score improves in Philosophy I am not gaining more enjoyment which seems odd to me... so nope... not having too many meanings beyond classwork in that direction. von
  17. I believe you are correct on both counts. thanks....von
  18. I have wtnessed prisoners doing “hard time” do the same .... pulling resiliency in spite of hardship.... (aside they did not have the added benefit of belief in any religion).... but your point is well made.... some do pull it up from inside themselves von
  19. Thank you Dan56..... certainly much truth in all of that. von
  20. I don’t know if you will see this before the trip .... but safe journey for your travels. Yellowstone is still on my bucket list... I am happy you are getting to see it - I imagine it is a day by day inspiration. ENJOY! von
  21. YES!!!! This is what I was hoping for - some every day ways to touch base with a sense of progress.....small steps to affirm the journey....or validate the effort.....or provide an option better than the one currently deemed as not the best one......a better one....a small (so small) but big enough to keep going - try one more time etc. Bravo! Bravo! Thank you von
  22. Astute advise. Thank you. I am encouraged via your notations that this might be more about "knowledge" than faith. It makes it easier to be objective in the construct. von
  23. I guess that fall into the realm of she did not say we could not blend the choices....nor did she say we could not originate our own choices (unless THESE ARE YOUR THREE CHOICES counts as an instruction to pick ONLY one of these) ......which follows she did not (clearly) (specifically) give nor withhold permission (about as definitive as everything else in this class.) von
  24. I am not sure about that - but it is obvious our first round instructions were wanting a bit.... the definitions did mix things up in a new light..... von
  25. Okay.... I can follow all of that.... If no evidence ....than which thing occurs..... no evidence equals no PROOF.... so no supreme being = atheist OR...no proof.... can’t know = agnostic Which strikes you as more correct? Of a better position to be in on “cross examination?” ...and thanks von