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kevin randall
Posted about 1 year ago
Question - Should we make increasing our consciousness as important a topic in schools as the 3 Rs.
Thanks again for the great discussion. I think it is all good food for thought. It seems there are various perspectives based on life experiences and/or frame of reference. One of them seems to come from the point of view that matter is where it all stems from, in this case the brain, this brings about one belief system and another appears to be a belief we are more than a physical being. Again, I personally have found an open mind is important. I apologize ahead of time, as I sometimes fail to remember where I saw/heard something, in this instance I think it was “What the #*#@! Do I know?” Anyway, part of it talked about some Native Americans standing on the beach when the first ships arrived, apparently they could not see the ships on the horizon because they did not have any idea they existed. That was, until the witch doctor pointed them out to them. It seems it was his open mindedness that allowed him to experience and see more than the average person. Also, if far viewing is a true ability, then how or what enables it? Sometimes we just have to be open to something before we can even consider its validity. The world was believed to be flat and those who could not travel had to choose to come to believe otherwise even though they had not experience anything different. Do we have a spirit maybe or maybe not, but it is sometimes the willingness to be open that paves the way to new horizons. I am not sure if science couldn’t be more open minded. A theory that considered we have a spirit, as yet not provable, but could be; this spirit could be the consciousness that exists before birth and after death. Right now as with many theories we may not have the understanding and means to prove it, I don’t know, but maybe?
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kevin randall
Posted about 1 year ago
Question - Should we make increasing our consciousness as important a topic in schools as the 3 Rs.
I greatly appreciate everyone’s response and it is all good. I agree with a lot of what you say; however, I wonder if we enter the world without (if not a consciousness) a pre- consciousness, a knowing, a destiny, or a life of experiences/lessons/fears to overcome. I have had a lot of people, self help groups, and seminars, books, etc, some of those who you mentioned, which have helped me increase my knowing. I believe we are all on a soul journey and having assistance to become more aware has made it easier. I just wonder if this had been a focus in schools, like cultures seem to have, how much of my life experience would have been. I am trying to stay away from absolutes, even though I slip at times. I am also not fully sold that consciousness doesn’t go beyond the five senses, which could mean there is something more than you appear to believe. Can’t say that’s true, but may be?
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kevin randall
Posted about 1 year ago
Question - Should we make increasing our consciousness as important a topic in schools as the 3 Rs.
This is a totally uneducated personal perception of what my mind tells me based on my life experiences. The fact that this discussion is taking place may indicate a belief of something greater, whether it is meaning or an entity. My current thoughts regarding consciousness are the yearning for the intangible and a knowing of something far greater than me, a collective consciousness and belief in purpose. I have trouble separating things out of the equation like, the possibility of a sixth sense, spirits and out of body experiences. Even though I have only a little personal experience with some of these and none with the latter, I am open minded enough to consider all possibilities. Plus, the idea of unconditional love is an ethereal concept, which some peruse, why? what drives us to this end. I can imagine an understanding that has been within us since time began, a conscious contact with something divine, so consciousness is this awareness that precedes intellect. I hope this makes sense and I will try to view your suggestions.
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kevin randall
Posted about 1 year ago
Question - Should we make increasing our consciousness as important a topic in schools as the 3 Rs.
Thanks for your response. I was thinking about it being part of the curriculum (age appropriate). I have met a lot of adults seeking a greater awareness due to lacking it and finding life wanting. It seems to me that if we focused on things like, why do we exist and our purpose. Not that any particular answer is right, or that there is even an answer. My perception is that we have drifted away from our connection to all things and lost the awe, magnificence and wonder of existence. We teach technology and science, but what about our innate awareness and depth. Getting students to ponder for instance, what if westernization had never come along where would we be consciously? Just to encourage a more conscious awareness and maybe see the development of something beyond imagining. I know the education doesn’t deal well with abstract concepts, but maybe if this was a topic in school, I wouldn’t have dropped out at 15, due to the lack of simulation. I believe that music and the arts stimulate our consciousness, which has appeared to of been so since that Stone Age (cave drawings and the drumming etc of age old civilizations). Yet we devalue them compared to topics of the intellect.
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kevin randall
Posted about 1 year ago
John Searle: Our shared condition -- consciousness
“Cogito, Ergo Sum”( I think, therefore I am) Rene’ Descartes . Is not self-awareness evidence of consciousness? I am just a layman when it comes to science, so I am not sure my comments are relevant, but the fact that this discussion is being presented seems to back this up. We have advanced technologically, which may in turn be slowing the evolution of consciousness. If we taught self-awareness in schools along with the 3 Rs would we of gained a greater understanding of consciousness. This in turn could have resulted in an increase our study and understanding of consciousness a lot quicker. We appear to be on a race to increase our animal desires for profit, which appears to be resulting in a decrease of consciousness. As I said I am not sure if any of this is relevant or not, but for me, any focus on consciousness helps us head in the right direction.