Category Archives: Society

Living In Layers – Part 10 – Emergence and Ownership

As we develop the courage to relate to others and to our intellectual worlds, we begin developing a sense of trust in allowing ourselves and our social activities to emerge. Giving up some of our perceived need to control our … Continue reading

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Living in Layers – Part 9 – Courage, Compassion, and Intellect

Increasing the permeability of our layered existence is not an easy, comfortable, or painless experience. As Maxine Greene, a spirited and gritty scholar of education, has discussed in working with the promotion of greater understandings among students in multiracial and … Continue reading

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Living In Layers – Part VIII – VIII – Relating to the Other: Clashing Beliefs and Cultures

Our pursuit of power and control, our boundedness, and our layered selves and social structures all contribute to the way we relate to others. We allow contact with select individuals and keep others at a distance. Depending upon the permeability … Continue reading

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Cell Phones in Classrooms

The following post (video… but I don’t know why it is a video) popped up on Facebook this morning. To me it is a troublesome video. The topic isn’t troublesome, but the intent of the post is troublesome. It perpetuates … Continue reading

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Schools and the Forces of Anti-Democracy and Bigotry

From Upworthy: “A Teacher Asked a Great Question About Superintendent Pay. Then, All Hell Broke Loose.” I’ve copied and pasted a few of my Facebook and Twitter posts about this particular issue, which is followed by some additional commentary. – … Continue reading

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The Dumbing Down of America

Here is Francesca Fiorentini’s: “The Rich Want to Keep You Dumb” on News Broke. This dumbing down agenda has been around for a long time… well over a century. But, it has reached new heights as professors are being “watched” … Continue reading

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Living in Layers. Part VI. The Great Disconnect

Our quests for easier and more comfortable lives, for happiness, and for greater security have been leading to greater disconnects from ourselves, from each other, and from our natural world. Increasing reliance upon and use of various technologies, although beneficial … Continue reading

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Living in Layers – Part V – Fear and Loathing

At a profound level that underlies our need for power, control, and security, is a sense of fundamental fear. We fear a loss of basic ground, identity, meaning, death (both physical and psychological), and numerous other losses and even gains. … Continue reading

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Living In Layers – Part IV – Seeking Security and Stability

As holarchic1 beings in a hierarchic world, we live in a contradictory world. So, we seek security and stability through power and control, acceptance by others, aggression, avoidance, or filling up our lives with activities and goods. We want to … Continue reading

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Living in Layers – Part III – Power and Control

As suggested by Bertrand Russell1, the major motivation of most human beings is a striving for power and control in at least some aspect of life. When we examine the layers of a variety of social and institutional structures, the … Continue reading

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