Freeman Gerhardt

Naples, FL, United States

About Freeman

Bio

I am a student at USF with intentions of getting a doctorate in psychology

An idea worth spreading

How can the few people in the world who are truely selfless change into the mass of people who are currently selfish and self centered? Power, an innate human desire, seems to fuel this mass of people to focus on themselves. This drive for power is evident in politics where the politicians in fact hold little power, it is their financial backers in reality. Money may be linked to the evolution of the brain. Whoever had the most to trade thousands of years ago, had the most power. For example the Egyptians worshiped their Pharaoh as a God. He didn't rely on financial backers like today, he/she had the wealth so they had full power. Money or some form of wealth causes greed which has its roots in our evolution from pre-humans thousands of years ago. The concept of having more than someone else has been genetically modified in the brain I believe. Although quite nihilistic, if I am correct, it may be impossible for those select few selfless people to turn into the masses. Or is it?

Comments & conversations

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Freeman Gerhardt
Posted over 1 year ago
Is it better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all?
If we do not experience emotions, who are we? Scientifically/philosophically speaking, we are creatures of sensory perceptions. Depending on what stance you choose in the nature vs. nurture debate, I believe we recieve all or most knowledge from the environment. Interacting with this environment of which we are born in, is the only way to experience the magnificence of humanity. With this being said, in order to understand this beauty, it is paramount to expose yourself to every spectrum of love, hate, anger, laughter, hope, joy etc. To appreciate the highs you have to go through the lows. And with love being the Mt. Everest of highs, how could you not want to participate in that?
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Freeman Gerhardt
Posted over 1 year ago
How shall we find 'Happiness' in the new world that is coming?
I like how you mentioned "playing God." We have this superiority complex that thinks ourselves better than everything. Consumer culture is directly based on this vanity. Having designer items gives a temporary relief of the unconscious stress of pursuing happiness. It lasts until the next generation of Iphone's comes out for example. There will always be better materialistic objects so it creates a cycle of ignorant spending. I fear based on the past century that this is what the future has for us, a constant nagging of advertisements and stupidity of people falling for something that is designed to add even more to their ignorance. True genuine happiness is found in the lasting bonds present in this world. These bonds come in the form of types of relationships. One with "God," family, friends, animals, etc. I do not see a distinct purpose for our existence on Earth. We are no different from animals in everything we do, simply how we do it differs. Happiness is found in connecting with the basics of humanity. Overcoming the selfish ways that are more and more persistent in pop culture provides this break from the pressures of society. The world we live in now is way to fast paced perpetuated by the drive to be that top notched CEO. What happens when you become that CEO? You still fall asleep that same, lost puppy full of emotions you have chose not to face. Growing up and facing reality, not hiding from it through work, liquor, drugs and other addictive ideals can give you the happiness we all seek. The problem is, once you reach that peak, you truly see how the world is. This is quite nihilistic, because I am saying the world is and has been filled with greed, anger, selfishness and pity. Although these traits were beneficial when we were cavemen, now-a-days most of the world doesn't need to fight for survival. As our hierarchy of needs is being met, maybe a new section of the pyramid will have to be built. This time it is up to us to build, not Maslow.
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Freeman Gerhardt
Posted over 1 year ago
Free will is circular reasoning
This is a very philosophical statement. A statement like this can get people thinking to no avail. I am unsure whether you are incorporating a higher power into this argument or strictly basing it of earthly intuition. Saying this, free will is either existent or nonexistent. Our brains are not capable of grasping a concept like this. For example, Leibniz thought the universe consisted of monads, or basically atoms. These ranged from the simplest, for example a rock to God. I like to think of it as how can an ant think on the level of a human? it is simply not feasible. In Descartes meditations, he was not able to think about not thinking, suggesting a duality of man. The brain (soul) and body therefore are different entities. He went on to theorize dream/madness argument and the evil genius. Because we have the same perceptions in the brain, how can we distinguish the two realities of sleep and waking states? The evil genius describes how there is a "demon" controlling everything, much like the architect of the matrix. Once again, how are we to know whats true if we cannot think on this plain of thought, as we are only human. This implies there is a type of God which turns this argument into one of God, which i do not wish to do. The free will argument is merely based on which premises of the argument the questioner wants to believe.
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Freeman Gerhardt
Posted over 1 year ago
How will the effects of the systematic prescription of drugs/medication influence the behavior of American youth in the future?
Your viewpoint is very prevalent to me! I am considering entering the field of criminal/prison psychology. The majority of inmates are in jail because of drug related issues. Almost everything can be traced back to a dependency or urge to get that next fix. It interests me how prisons are suppose to rehabilitate inmates, when in reality they come out worse and find themselves back in jail again. The paradox of this system needs to be changed in order for a prosperous future. I believe the prejudices people have against prisoners stops them from getting jobs, an maybe just as important, an unconscious self loathing leading them back to old habits and people who also have a similar mindset. Instead of punishing those who are addicted to drugs/alcohol I believe rehabilitation is actually much more beneficial and much cheaper. The whole prison system has more cons then pros. (No pun intended) Whether through the psychological effects attributed to power struggle among the inmates AND GUARDS, or the financial stress put on tax payers. The prison system is a whole separate conundrum but has its roots in the children finding ways to escape the reality of constant labeling. This leads me to another question of how can this labeling influence a persons future?
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Freeman Gerhardt
Posted over 1 year ago
How will the effects of the systematic prescription of drugs/medication influence the behavior of American youth in the future?
You brought up some very interesting points that I fully agree on. Materialism in society has almost been interchangeable with religion. Suppliers total control and marketing strategies spread just as religion does. I believe through the TV shows, movies, pop culture etc., we have believed that we are perfect creatures. Although this is what many of us strive to be, in many ways it is harmful. The mindset of being better than somebody separates people and cause entitlement issues when in fact we are all the same organism. Relating back to prescription drugs; people as you say desire a pill to cure an ailment so they can once again be perfect and better than some one else. Quite possibly, selfishness like this amplified by the consumer culture of today perpetuates emotions causing isolation. An easy way out, is not actually the easy way out. The journey is likely more important then the destination.