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Philosophy becomes quite practical, as 'who we are' interacts with 'what we do', and guides us toward our vision and our goals.....

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Quality of Life

The BIG Questions?

The Following link is from On Becoming a Person by Carl Rogers - The dynamics of Smith & Jones...p. 342-344
(This is as clear a 'Theory of Action' for how high quality helping relationships work as I have ever encountered

Carl Rogers describes the Smith / Jones Helping Relationship

Carl Rogers on Teaching & Learning

Interview with Daniel Kim - Systems Thinking

Big Questions

Man at the Center??

Copernicus...Darwin and more.....

Mental Models and Worldviews

Why Do Rational People Buy Into Conspiracy Theories?


Four Noble Truths of Buddhaism

Tiny Buddha

Religious, Spiritual & Philosophical Approaches

Spirituality is the concept of an ultimate or an alleged immaterial reality;[1] an inner path enabling a person to discover the essence of his/her being; or the "deepest values and meanings by which people live."[2] Spiritual practices, including meditation, prayer and contemplation, are intended to develop an individual's inner life. Spiritual experiences can include being connected to a larger reality, yielding a more comprehensive self; joining with other individuals or the human community; with nature or the cosmos; or with the divine realm.[3] Spirituality is often experienced as a source of inspiration or orientation in life.[4] It can encompass belief in immaterial realities or experiences of the immanent or transcendent nature of the world.....Religion implies a particular faith tradition that includes acceptance of a metaphysical or supernatural reality;[8]:22, whereas spirituality is not necessarily bound to any particular religious tradition.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin stated it most eloquently: We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.

The Spiritual Roots of Human Relations - Stephen Covey

Who Are We?

Religious, Spiritual & Philosophical Approaches

East & West

From The Great Courses brochure:  "When most of us study philosophy, we're focusing only on the Western intellectual tradition brought about by people such as Aristotle, Descartes, and Nietzsche. But to understand the Western intellectual tradition is to only get half of the story.

Just as important, and just as valid a contribution to philosophy, is the Eastern intellectual tradition. Eastern philosophy is also the product of thousands of years of thought and was also built up by a distinct group of brilliant thinkers. Among these are

  • the Buddha,
  • Confucius,
  • Gandhi, and
  • Zarathustra.

Their ideas demonstrate fascinating, wholly different ways of approaching, understanding, and solving the same fundamental questions that concerned the West's greatest thinkers, such as

  • the existence of God,
  • the meaning of life,
  • the nature of truth and reality,
  • the organization of government and society,
  • the significance of suffering, and
  • the roots of a well-lived life.

To explore Eastern perspectives on these issues is to embark on an illuminating journey into the heart of grand, but often unfamiliar, civilizations. It's also a thought-provoking way to understand the surprising connections and differences between East and West, and to strengthen your knowledge of cultures that play increasingly important roles in our globalized 21st-century world."

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