Forming or serving as an essential component of a system or structure; the foundation or base.
How People Learn
How we learn & Grow
All learning is built upon a growing bridge of building blocks to higher understanding
Before you learned how to read, you learned the alphabet. Before you learned how to compute algebra, you learned basic math. And so on and so forth.
Everything we learn is built upon existing base of knowledge and skills.
An individual’s TEACHABILITY, or their ability to learn by way of being taught by someone else, is extremely dependent upon the open-mindedness or closed-mindedness of the individual being taught. Low teachability derives from arrogance and rigid skepticism, but also from naivete and gullibility. High teachability derives from a balance between healthy skepticism and an open-minded willingness to learn and change.
It means you are able to hold a proposition in your mind without accepting it or rejecting it immediately. It means you will consider the information with an Open-Mind (some what trustingly) but also somewhat skeptically.
This Mental State (top of the curve) is the position to learn. The poor Mental States to learn are arrogance, cynicism, gullible, and naïve.
Relational Thinking Is Required For Deeper Understanding
Relational Thinking is required to link conceptual ideas and understand that words, definitions, and symbols can have varying meaning and are subject to context. Your internal mental definition of a word, concept, and/or ideology may currently be limited. Those who get hung up on fixed meanings will have a lot of difficulty employing the kind of relational thinking required to understand certain concepts. Relational Thinking will apply to a range of philosophy, words and symbols. The concept of a specific subject taken in context will change meaning in relation to which school of thought we happen to be discussing. This is why knowledge, words, and symbols are neither good or evil. They are tools for coming to an understanding of conceptual ideas. It is what we do with that knowledge through our actions that convert it into Good or Evil in the world. All knowledge is neutral, not positive or negative, and even occult knowledge can be used for good. A person seeking knowledge uses relational thinking to study and understand, so that they may know Natural Law and align their behavior to true morality.
In order to identify problems and come up with creative solutions, we need to be able to communicate effectively and efficiently. However, sometimes the bases for miscommunication is rooted in the foundation of our basic building blocks, such as the definition of a word(s), concepts, historical fact, assumptions, etc. Beliefs may also get in the way of understanding a concept. The only way to minimize miscommunication is to first come to an agreement on the definition of words and concepts. One not need to believe in the definition of a word or concept in order to entertain these ideas in the mind. Those who are more literal in their thinking tend to have a difficult time using metaphors and allegories as a tool for higher understanding because they interpret language literally. If you interpret language literally (referred to as a literal person), you may want to explore ways to help you understand metaphors (get out of the literal thought box that confines your mind). We all suffer from mental blocks, some are more identifiable than others.
The quote by Stephen R. Covey, “We see the world, not as it is, but as we are–or, as we are conditioned to see it,” best describes how our perceptions of the world are filtered by our conditioning, experiences, beliefs, and training.
It is the reason why your doctor and not your plumber can identify what may ail you, and why your mechanic not your accountant can identify what ails your car. These types of professional and trade skills were developed because of an investment of time (and acumen) to learn them.
You too can develop skills of discernment. Many people have blamed the problems that occur at the VA as a cultural problem. If that is true, or even if it’s partly true, in order to unpack all that comes with it, including the contributing factors that give rise to a cultural problem, we must first understand what a cultural problem is.
Going back to the very basic foundations on which you have built your higher learning on is a good method. Some may dismiss this method as being a waste of valuable time, but then remain mystified as to why they are unable to break through whatever it is they are working on. Going back to the basics helps people to develop discernment.
Before you read certain higher concepts, such as complicity, heartless, hypocrisy, corruption and how they apply to Veteran issues, you may want to explore your fundamental building blocks which helped you to arrive at wherever you are today in your understanding.
To get the most out of the concepts on this website, you will need to be able to entertain and understand the concepts as defined on this website. You do not need to agree with these definitions but you do need to understand them in order to get the most out of what is being conveyed. Understanding and exploring abstract concepts can be analogous to the layers of an onion. Each layer of an onion metaphorically represents a level/plane of consciousness and reality. How deep (into a concept) do you want to go? Life is not linear and neither is our thinking. Since the tools we have to communicate (language) with each other are linear, this poses some challenges as we try to convey and bridge understanding. It might be helpful to view various concepts as threads being woven into a bigger tapestry. It is the threads weaved together that produces to the tapestry. None of us lives in a vacuum and neither does thoughts and actions.
First, start with learning or re-learning key concepts and tools that will help you get the most out of this website. Many of these concepts affect our daily lives in someway or another, whether we are aware of it or not. Start with learning about Trivium, Principles, and Freedom before moving on. These fundamental concepts are the keystone to developing discernment.
Key Concepts & Tools
Etymology, to know the meaning of symbols as far back as we can trace them in history, as they were intended to mean and as they were imbued with meaning. These symbols themselves trace back to reality to represent aspects of being in reality. Reality itself is represented in symbols. To know the meaning of a word is to know what it represents in reality.
How our reality is built.
Grammar (knowledge, input): asks/answers what (who, where, & when) questions
Logic (understanding, processor): asks/answers why questions
Rhetoric (wisdom, output): asks/answers how questions
First - Foremost
Is that which matters most. Principles are the first things that must be understood before anything else can be understood. Principles have to come first. First things first are principles.
“Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the Laws of God and Nature” ~Benjamin Franklin
Freedom is the highest Spiritual Truth. Fighting to defend it, mentally and physically, is our natural inherent human birthright. Resistance to the evil of human slavery is NOT futile. It is the path to spiritual alignment with the very Law of Creation itself.
The Alphabet v. The Goddess
In this groundbreaking book, Leonard Shlain, author of the bestselling “Art & Physics,” proposes that the process of learning alphabetic literacy rewired the human brain, with profound consequences for culture. Making remarkable connections across a wide range of subjects including brain function, anthropology, history, and religion, Shlain argues that literacy reinforced the brain’s linear, abstract, predominantly masculine left hemisphere at the expense of the holistic, iconic feminine right one. This shift upset the balance between men and women initiating the disappearance of goddesses, the abhorrence of images, and, in literacy’s early stages, the decline of women’s political status. Patriarchy and misogyny followed.
Simulacra & Simulation
A series of notes and reflections compiled while reading Jean Baudrillard’s 1981 book SIMULACRA AND SIMULATION. It examines his theory of the “hyperreal” and how it manifest in society’s relationship to art, movies, mass media, advertising, education, architecture, technology, and language.
Phases of Symbols:
- Pure Simulacra
Order of Simulacra:
Simulacrum - A Postmodernist Cartoon
In PostmodernCity, a cyborg named Simulacrum replicates to celebrate, ingests media, and rejects grand narratives. He is living postmodernity, but in rejecting all grand narratives is he becoming a grand narrative himself? In this compelling tale of self awakening, our hero must face his creator and learns a thing or two about himself… *Warning* This uses big words, bring a dictionary, and a PhD student…