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Jordan Reeves

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What's one lesson you find super compelling?

If you could put a megaphone to the ears of the world for just 5 mintues, what's the one lesson you would teach. It doesn't have to be serious, but it can be. It doesn't have to be about math, science, literature, or history, but it can be. It just needs to capture the minds of your audience.


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    Apr 21 2012: Always be on the lookout when you are bothered by what other people write and say,
    because this may reveal the kind of person you are.
    • Apr 21 2012: People are mirrors.
      If you don't like what you see/hear in these 'mirrors'...
      It's not the mirrors fault.
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        Apr 21 2012: We are all like mirrors, reflecting information back and forth all the time. What we see is our reflection. When we are clear in ourselves, we provide a clear mirror for others. I agree DW...what we see is not the mirrors fault!!!
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          Apr 21 2012: Do peoples professions and hardships of their own lives(possibly self-made) make them think on a personal gain level or monetary/company/capitalistic level? Like, when someone points the finger at someone else or has fallic thoughts. For instance, "he/she was mean to me for no reason" or "you always/never do say that".
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        Apr 21 2012: Derek,
        I don't believe that anything "makes" us think a certain way....do you? As functioning human beings, we have choices regarding our thoughts.

        Regarding accusations...The information given to someone else with an accusation, often is our own projection/reflection of ourselves.

        We never know for sure what is going on in someone's mind and heart unless s/he chooses to tell us. If we think/feel "he/she was mean to me....", for example, we might want to consider that a person can only give out what is in his/her heart and mind at that moment. We don't have to accept it as our own...make any sense?
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          Apr 22 2012: Ah, Yes Colleen,

          I just really dislike how some people percieve money as bad, but it is the people who have the money and act poorly with it that gives symbols different meanings. I sometimes want to change these systems, but I have yet to gain that ability.
        • Apr 22 2012: .Actually there is something that "Makes Us" think a certain way ...its called the “belief words” (linguistic things that beliefs live in) … those things we use to think with. :-) And since everything is living energy systems ... the beliefs that have taken over our identity ... have literally taken over our society’s cultural system of experience. Case in Point … when over the past 50,000 years has the urge to stop killing our brothers and sisters stopped? Why is assignation with drones less “moral” than dropping 50 … 500 ton bombs on a village? Why does the human race still think it is smart enough to know who it is? Or … when will we stop defending “those belief-to-value supply chains” with our son’s dead bodies and call it patriotic?
        • Apr 23 2012: I like to think that we are what we believe and percieve, and those beliefs are based on our exprences which in turn have helped to shape our cognitons and even the coordiantion of neurons in our brains. Words and beliefs of others are nothing short of useless when your using your own person views as a refrence for the rest of society. Your speaking on the atrocities of war and using that as a schema for the rest of society...
          Do you think man's innate nature is to be cruel?
          And what your saying is kinda hard to understand, as it jumps in to topics that have nothing to do with one another and what society are you talking about all societies on Earth or a single one? And waht does dropping bombs on a village have to do with linguistics?
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        Apr 23 2012: Dear Lawrence,
        If you want to believe that "belief words" "make us" think a certain way, or that "beliefs that have taken over our identity ... have literally taken over our society’s cultural system of experience"...so be it.

        I prefer to believe that as thinking, feeling adults, we choose our beliefs. The beliefs do not control us...we control our beliefs...in my humble perception.

        Lawrence, consider your insightful statement in another comment..."When do you think ... you might be ready ... to want to ... become smarter than the beliefs you think with?"
        Great question!

        Edit: One hour later.
        I just noticed that I didn't respond to your comment addressed to me in this thread.
        I totally agree with you that money is not bad. Money is, as you say, a symbol. As with many other symbols, thoughts, ideas, beliefs, opinions, actions and reactions, it is how we choose to use them that is the important part. You, I or anyone else cannot change the whole systems. We CAN, however, change our own use of information, and together move toward changing the systems. There is power in numbers...is there not?
        • Apr 23 2012: I would certainly hope there is power in numbers... if not then then the recent events in Eruope would give new information into what it would look like if an entire society was insane

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