eric rodgers

Cary, NC, United States

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eric rodgers
Posted almost 2 years ago
Should we teach our kids about how advertisement (public relationships, marketing) works?
interesting how that is put...'aware of the outcome of the subconscious process'. words don't seem to do it (consciousness) justice, of course. i experienced (several months of daily meditation) a more focused, slowing down of everything...which if i had to explain it in words would say that I was a bit more conscious. there is that 'space' in which i would be able to observe my thoughts rather than 'be' them and/or react to them. well, training the mind via meditation is an experience, not something that can be explained with language. i don't mean to dispute what you've written, but saying 'aware of the outcome of the subconscious process and run it through the conscious process before it becomes behavior' seems to diminish the transcending nature of an increase in consciousness. but, we might be trying to say the same thing here. in any event, more focus on training our 'minds' -- not our intellect -- is where I'd like to spend energy...in the context of 'dealing with' the manipulative nature of advertising and the broader goal of improving lives and moving away from materialism.
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eric rodgers
Posted almost 2 years ago
Matt Killingsworth: Want to be happier? Stay in the moment
excellent question and I was a bit surprised that the speaker didn't touch on it. some form of daily meditation. until you experience it you cannot know how beautiful a thing it is to be more consistently present throughout your days. meditation takes some work and is a journey as everything else is. but, if you commit and stick to it for a while you WILL experience wondrous results. you cannot use logic or tell yourself to be 'more present/aware' during the day...you can't just tell yourself to be more conscious and aware or 'practice practice practice' without training your mind first. meditation, if done properly, can train your mind; it can provide space between your thoughts and judgmental nature, allowing you to become more non-reactive, perhaps responsive rather than reactive.
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eric rodgers
Posted almost 2 years ago
Should we teach our kids about how advertisement (public relationships, marketing) works?
thanks for your feedback, and you're right. that 5% quip i made above doesn't look right at all. now I cannot recall the precise meaning behind what I was attempting to convey. to put it another way, my aim would be to take action that possibly inspires others to strive towards raising their own consciousness levels. to create that space between thoughts and 'self'. my understanding is that we do not think thoughts but thoughts come through us, they come through us do to all the experiences we've had since birth...so, the vast majority of these thoughts will be subconsciously generated, yet most of us act as if these thoughts are 'us' in action, creating them consciously. when one becomes more mindful and experiences this space between thought and mind, there is that opportunity to not judge. to not react, but respond to things around us. these things need not be forced on children. i have ambiguous feelings about formal education.
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eric rodgers
Posted almost 2 years ago
Should we teach our kids about how advertisement (public relationships, marketing) works?
take this with a grain of salt, it's coming more from intuition than hard logic. I don't think public schools have a relationship with the public that would be aligned with teaching this kind of thing...teaching this would be counter-productive to the growth of capitalism I reckon, and I feel that this wouldn't be in line with the current public school systems' interests, as they exist today in the USA. in the end...great question/discussion. 1) I would prefer to focus energy in transcending this materialistic society 2) I would focus on increasing the public awareness of the benefits of mindfulness and meditation, and other techniques that benefit our consciousness 3) the vehicle could come in the form of some non-profit, cyberspaced strategy, perhaps married to some physical institutions
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eric rodgers
Posted almost 2 years ago
Should we teach our kids about how advertisement (public relationships, marketing) works?
On a base level I am skeptical that resources should be utilized institutionally to accomplish this goal of education. On a compassionate level, I would prefer to focus on transcending our inabilities to control our insatiable appetites for 'things'...transcend this culture of looking for happiness 'out there'. Maybe this is inline with what you are seeking. If you are exploring ways to improve the lives of children by arming them with education. My angle would be to arm them with mindfulness. I like the idea, however, of finding a creative way of educationally instilling in children how we are only utilizing our conscious minds about 5% of the time. And the significance of this. This will in turn lead them to seek ways of improving this limitation. It may lead to an increase in consciousness, which naturally leads to less seeking for happiness 'out there'.
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eric rodgers
Posted almost 2 years ago
What is the key to smarter decisions?
agreed. I find the question lacking in substance/relevance. no offense intended. in fact, may have been a smart marketing effort. :) more importantly, ask: why do I want to make 'smarter decisions?'
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eric rodgers
Posted almost 2 years ago
What is your argument for or against "Voter Apathy"?
Voter apathy is what it is. But, for folks to sit and judge those who don't vote as apathetic, without conversing with them to gain an understanding, well that's just ignorant and silly. No, people should not always vote. Why? Because they don't. There are no 'shoulds/coulds/etc.' If I sit here and think that people who don't vote are neglecting their 'duty' to society and/or forfeiting their rights to have a voice/opinion regarding the welfare of society, than I perpetuate my own insecurities. If I don't vote it may be because I am prepared to accept the outcome regardless of which candidate wins. It may mean that I accept reality in however it chooses to manifest. I may be busy working on my own personal development and the current political climate is not in line with my pursuits and fails to engage my interest. One could argue that if people are not well informed then they shouldn't vote. One could also make the case that science shows that most of us make decisions emotionally even though we think we are being 'rational'; so, we don't even know what we're doing.
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eric rodgers
Posted almost 2 years ago
Free will and the illusory open-ness of the future.
I got lost a little bit in your response but enjoyed reading it and agree with your approach so plus-1. I like the metaphor of there being a dance and dancer in regards to this thing we call life. Many of us assume we are the dancer leading the dance. Perhaps more conscious folks accept that they are the dance. Perhaps even more that more consciousser (ha) peoples have a realization that they are both the dance and the dancer in this life of ours. pppp pppppp ppppparadox.