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Turn Up the Dark | the Educating Gossip Finds Things to do in the Dark

Turn Up the Dark

#EarthHourLive

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I’ll admit this is the first year I’ve heard of and will be participating in this annual event.  Every year, hundreds of millions of people around the world switch off their lights for one designated hour to demonstrate a commitment to fighting climate change.

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This year, Earth Hour takes place at 8:30 p.m. local time on March 25. There’s never been a more critical moment for the world to show solidarity for and a strong commitment to fighting climate change. By going dark, local government, cities, companies, landmarks, and individuals send the message that we will remain steadfast as we deliver on the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.  All life on planet Earth is at risk.  Its sucks.

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Momentum is on our side. The world is looking toward a renewable future. This Earth Hour, turn up the dark and get loud about climate action. Let the world know you’re all in!

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the Educating Gossip ™ is in!  Are you?

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Why Discussing Race and Class Continues to be Necessary | International Day for the Elimination of Discrimination

Getting up close to examine[1] why everyone everywhere needs to continue race and class discussions if we love one another.

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Through critique and criticism, I examine my thoughts and own what I believe–leaving space to modify my beliefs as new and truer information is received.

Finding purpose and meaning in life is human nature. The brain by its design generates thoughts about our experience of being alive. What does it mean to be on a planet, in what appears to be a cosmos devoid of other similar life forms? Are we unique? Is our presence here of some significance, whether grand or inconsequential?

Is it human nature for the brain to think about and then move individuals to act on those thoughts and form ‘out-groups’ based on biases like skin tone, sexuality, gender, abilism? Or to form ‘heirarchies’ based on heuristics like stereotypes, cognitive ease, the halo effect, et cetera? The human brain produces and processes thoughts that involve ideas and concepts about the future. What is the future for the planet where humans discuss the source of these biased and hierarchical thoughts and behaviors?

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21 March). Thus, this reflection of the Oscar nominated feature film documentary, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO.   What struck me most profoundly is author James Baldwin’s prescience in clearly understanding the dynamic at play in America regarding power’s use of racial bias as a means to economic gain while at the same time ignoring the oppression and suffering this brings to individuals and communities.

This documentary film does just that. It explores and examines the life of distinguished American James Baldwin. Baldwin devoted his life to understanding the nature of humans to racially discriminate and manufacture class hierarchies. Those thoughts formed his writings, his understanding of reality and his experience of the world. He lived a fascinating life. One that lead him to believe that only through acceptance that these biases and hierarchies are the product of the thoughts and actions of a few intent on achieving and amassing power, and then rejecting that power structure could humans live the realized shared aspiration to be equal and pursue happiness.

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I acknowledge the scientific fact that emotions influence the thoughts that inform my opinions.

Exposing myself to the thoughts of those who have dedicated their lives to exploring history, philosophy, ethics, religion, science, et cetera enriches my experience and understanding of what this life is. It gives me knowledge of what to do, how to live a life as an independent individual (with responsibilities to self) and how to live a life as a dependent individual in community (with responsibilities to others).

Watching this film was admittedly emotionally challenging. Seeing the history of America unfold in the murders of democratic society leaders Macolm X, the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert Kennedy, Meadger Evers, civil rights activists Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, and James Chaney, and so many more as it maintains race and hierarchy to provide a continuous source of cheap labor for capitalism’s economic system. It has become an increasingly deregulated, unaccountable economic system that has spread to the global community of all humans.

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I can now more consciously act in ways that form my experiences of the world, the lens through which I see, the filter through which I understand others and myself.

The film has enlivened me to face the reality that generates these racial and class divides. I actively seek insights from fact-based and truer sources that tell me how, in America’s flawed democracy, how to resist and dismantle the limiting, biased thought and actions that keep humans everywhere from equality with one another and the ability to purse happiness. I resist anxiety-generating thoughts of my own and those of others that are not based in truth and fact. And, I act in the spirit of all humans are created equal, and the pursuit of happiness.

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I’m now more fully aware of my thoughts, how they influence my feelings and actions. I experience life with more emotional well-being and happiness.

James Baldwin inspires me. His debate with William F. Buckley, Jr. remains an icon to discussion and logical conclusion to end racism and class hierarchy.

 

#jointogether #standup4humanrights #fightracism #AfricanDescent

[1] the Educating Gossip pioneered a way to approach life using critique, criticism, emerging science of how humans acquire belief through the processes of the brain (thoughts and emotions), and the spirit or energy of belief is expressed in the world. For more information, see SSRN Paper

Live It! Love It! | Be Brave, Live Courageously

OPPOSITIONAL CULTURAL PRACTICE, INTEGRAL THEORY, & SPIRAL DYNAMICS – A REFLECTION

The concept of memes resonates with the philosophy of Grace Lee Boggs, an activist philosopher from Detroit Michigan. Ms. Boggs was of the belief that once you have reached a goal, you have stagnated. Her idea was that movements, activism, growth, creativity, art, is in constant movement. It is always in development. The movement grows, evolves and changes.

Jared Anderson, in his January 25, 2017 JFKU blog post Spiral Dynamics Theory and the 2016 Presidential Election states, “After the green postmodern stage is integral consciousness. This new stage has an extremely important feature which is that it is not just a meme jump, but a tier jump. This jump is moving from an ethnocentric identification into a world-centric identification.” This is an interesting statement from an historical perspective. Consider Ms. Boggs as an example. In the documentary of her life, American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, she is asked why she has experienced neither psychological cognitive dissonance nor conflict with being a woman and a Chinese American in a predominately African American community doing civil rights work. The persistent asking of this question by the documentarian Grace Lee perplexed Ms. Boggs. After some reflection, Ms. Boggs noted that her formative years in the movement preceded the women’s rights movement and the Asian American rights movement. Thus, her perspective was not segmented nor informed in this way. This reflects the early civil rights movement when the movement itself was universal, seeking freedom for all oppressed peoples in the world, with a focus on the trials and struggles of African-Americans. And so it seems Mr. Anderson is suggesting that we are now in a meme that is reflective of the early days of the civil rights movement. A time when the emphasis and focus was on global liberation of people everywhere, with attention, in America, on advancing liberation through securing civil rights for African-Americans, and by extension, all Americans.

That said, Oppositional Cultural Practice™ is a return this homoversal and universal values focus, along with an emphasis on humility. Mr. Anderson writes, “World-centric thinking is the world of, “I am right, but partial, and so are you.” This is indeed a welcomed consciousness evolutionary step, yet one that is not new. As it is written in Ecclesiastes, there is nothing new under the sun. Perhaps the time is now ripe for world centric thinking to bear fruit once again (recalling the civil rights gains of the 1930’s and 1960’s.) The challenge, as I see it, will be to expand this renewed focus on world-centric thinking and humility (a willingness to hold the thought that one could be wrong and that an adjustment to one’s thinking may, and probably will, need to occur.) In Oppositional Cultural Practice™, historical critique and criticism coincide with spirituality to transform both self and society.

The JFKU online courses I have developed, and that are available for everyone’s edification, speak to these ideas through Oppositional Cultural Practice™. Although the courses provide continuing education units for lawyers, the content is designed to be accessible and practical for all people who desire to experience personal and social transformation. Through these courses, one can gain new understanding into world-centric consciousness and its connection to the world’s wisdom traditions.

Legal Practice and Feeling Go(o)d: #1 California Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 3-110 Failing to Act Competently

Legal Practice and Feeling Go(o)d: #2 Critical Race Theory – Introduction to the Genre, Intellectual Influences and Emerging Issues

Legal Practice and Feeling Go(o)d: #3 Competence Issues

Legal Practice and Feeling Go(o)d: #4 Practice, Praxis and Connecting with Feelings of Well-Being

The journey of transformation can be emotionally charged for some individuals, as it requires critique and criticism of deeply held beliefs, often up-ending reality as we once knew it. The courage to change one’s reality can be grasped. At the February 2, 2017 screening of Abby Ginzberg’s film Soul of Justice: Thelton Henderson’s American Journey, at Berkeley Law, Judge Henderson, when asked where he found his source of courage, said

“Through seeing bravery, I became bolder and bolder. You learn courage by seeing courage.”

My strategy for the next four years is to organize and build alliances based on universal values; and to imagine, create, and realize new institutions, systems, and structures that bend the arch of the moral universe towards justice. Interested in joining me on this journey? Go to the online course catalogue and sign up. I look forward to engaging with you there.

Written by Kim E. Clark, J.D. Adjunct Professor and certified Spiritual and Social Transformation changemaker. View her work at SSRN Author ID: 2430405

Contact her at the Educating Gossip 

TAGS: Consciousness & Transformative Studies; Law; Legal Studies; #EducationForChange #EducatingGossip #Women’sHistoryMonth #jointogether #standup4humanrights #fightracism #AfricanDescent

HOLI, LENT, LAW & ME | Spring Festivals and Celebrations…

HOLI, LENT, LAW & ME

Spring Festivals and Celebrations – Getting up close to examine[1] spirituality, law and me as both an individual and a member of community.

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Through critique and criticism, I examine my thoughts and own what I believe– leaving space to modify my beliefs as new and truer information is received.

Spring ushers in the arrival of celebrations. Today, people are celebrating Holi, a Hindu spring festival known as the “festival of colors.” The festival signifies the arrival of spring and the victory of good over evil. Other people are well into Lent, a Christian spring celebration. Lent is a time of year when individuals and community reflect on how to live together as one, on this planet. The individual engages in self-refection to identify and sacrifice a personal behavior that impedes realization of this universal goal. (It is not self-punishment or extreme hardship.) Recurring rituals and traditions are designed to bring the individual and the community together to advance peace and harmony.

Laws alone cannot create a civil society. The individual and community also have a responsibility to develop local customs and set of behaviors, and to inspire to the spirit and aspirations of the democratic society.

 Feel It!

I acknowledge the scientific fact that emotions influence the thoughts that inform my opinions.

I can easily feel discouraged and isolated and alone when I am seemingly in community with people. I attend conferences and seminars, book club meetings and other gatherings. Yet I leave with no lasting connections. What I realized in reading about Lent is that the scheduling and looking forward to engaging with groups and individuals who share a common desire for inclusive love, without judgment, creates a different dynamic. It can create more satisfying feelings of community and shared accountability to others, and myself.

Live It!

I can act more consciously in ways that form my experiences of the world; shape the lens through which I see the world; that filters the thoughts that form my understanding of others and myself.

So for Lent, my self-sacrifice and repentance is to release behaviors that keep me from maintaining a deeper awareness of my human nature (that is, to produce thoughts that can be biased; to feel and be influenced by emotions; to need to be connected to something greater than myself). I will sacrifice anxiety about current events and instead, face the reality of uncertainty. I will sacrifice doubt about expressing spirituality.  I will accept that it is a human motivational need. I will sacrifice my fear of death (non-being) and instead, act in ways that affirm that all humans are created equal and it is their nature to pursue happiness.

Love It!

I’m now more fully aware of my thoughts, how they influence my feelings and actions. I experience life with more emotional well-being and happiness.

[1] the Educating Gossip pioneered an approach life using critique, criticism, emerging science of how humans acquire belief through the processes of the brain (thoughts and emotions), and the spirit or energy of belief is expressed in the world.

Live It! | New Online Courses

Legal Practice and Feeling Go(o)d: #1 California Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 3-110 Failing to Act Competently

Legal Practice and Feeling Go(o)d: #2 Critical Race Theory – Introduction to the Genre, Intellectual Influences and Emerging Issues

Legal Practice and Feeling Go(o)d: #3 Competence Issues

Legal Practice and Feeling Go(o)d: #4 Practice, Praxis and Connecting with Feelings of Well-Being

Own It! How appropriate it is on International Women’s Day to face the world as it is.  Making this conscious  choice to go up close, and examine our beliefs today and everyday is empowering.  It takes courage to critically ask:  Where did these beliefs came from? Do these beliefs now need to change in light of new understandings?  This journey must be prepared for before it is begun.

Feel It!  It can feel scary and unsettling to have our core beliefs challenged.  Especially when those beliefs are revealed to be untrue or based on bias and mistakes.  Yet, it is the honor of being human to learn, stretch and grow.  Making space for our thoughts, feelings and actions to constantly develop is a sign of maturity, and a civic responsibility.  Yet, it is emotionally hard to do sometimes.

Live It!  These online courses are designed to prepare those who are willing to undertake this classic human hero’s journey that results in seeing life as it is.  The courses are one hour each, with transcripts and audio.  Completion of the courses can lead to personal and social transformation because it reveals how to live a human life that is rich with purpose, meaning, and a truer understanding of others and ourselves.

Love It!  Sign up for the courses and embrace the new beginnings that await.

 

Love It! | International Women’s Day Celebrations

 

 

Clara Zetkin and Rosa Luxembourg in January 1910

Own It!   Note the human error in linking this day to an event that did not occur (a 1908 strike of the International Ladies Garment Worker’s Union.)  Let’s not let this be a stumbling block to the spirit of protecting our human rights and its rich global history.  So long as there is a desire to produce, create, buy and sell, the need for restraint and oversight of these economic activities will continue.  It is a necessary element of economics and human rights.

Feel It! Today is International Women’s Day and I am excited.  Remembering to hold an awareness of human history, our relationships with economic development and human rights, is an act that feels astonishing.

Live It!  Check out UNESCO,  Wiki, the Google Doodle and search, to remember our human history.  Get out there and march, and/or get Social Media active: Tweet, Follow, Like the events of the day.  Make a note on your calendar  for next year’s celebration, with plans to become more involved in 2018.

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Love It! Teach Yourself

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I just stumbled across a series of books designed to help individuals teach themselves about basic philosophical concepts at work in civil societies.

You don’t often get easily accessible secondary sources that take complex primary sources about philosophy and make it understandable.  It’s easy to know why ethics and ethical behavior is required not just for individuals but especially for individuals who are elected to serve and govern a country.

These books are so important, especially now when many people, in many countries, are living with flawed democracies.  I’m reading them and learning how to improve the performance of democracy.  Check them out from your local library. Or, click on our Resources page.

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