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"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Continuing on With Cubed's Excellent Essays

The Grizzly Sloth has mostly recovered from our influenza episode. We made it through the last INSANE week - a week which included CCD, guitar/piano lessons, 2 nights of Karate, reading group at the library, game day at the library, the two days of state testing required by Pennsylvania for the 4th grader, a visit from the next door neighbor's grandson 'Tom-Tom', and a 2 nice afternoons of tree climbing and bike riding with the neighborhood kids. Did I hear someone say my kids are 'isolated'? LOL!

Anyhoo - on to Education and Jihad, Part V.

This is some deep stuff for the Grizzly Mama - a product of the American Public School system - who was never formally schooled in Philosophy or Economics. (I did take a Macro-Economics class in college and was fascinated by it.) Cubed contends that there are two subjects that our children are not taught in school that are critical to their ability to reason and their understanding of "how to guide their own futures and the future of the country." These two subjects are Philosophy and Economics.

"Here are some examples of what various philosophies have wrought: Philosophy gave birth to the United States; it made us what we are, and it made Islam what it is. Philosophy gave us the Constitution, the Nazi Party, the Bill of Rights, Communism, the Magna Carta, the Boston Tea Party, the end of slavery for the first time in human history, the process that produces Nobel Prize winners, and, of course, Islam. Different philosophies produce different results. They are not the impractical, harmless hobbies of old scholars.

While the best philosophy (that'’s ours) will win in the long haul, the one that won'’t win (that'’s Islam) can do a lot of damage in the meantime..."


The five major branches of philosophy are:
  • Ethics - what constitutes 'the good'.

  • Epistemology - how human beings acquire knowledge.

  • Esthetics - beauty and the significance of art.

  • Politics - the application of ethics to social behavior.

  • Metaphysics - studies the question of whether all of existence follows natural laws.

  • Cubed highlights what Islam teaches about the Metaphysics part: "Islam teaches that Allah creates each moment independent of the next, and that “anything can happen” (sounds a lot like some of our nihilistic philosopher friends here in the West). A kitten in this moment can become an oak tree in the next; there is no relationship between an effect, —let'’s say, '“cold'”--and anything causing it; what happens in one moment is at the discretion of Allah'’s whim, and has no relationship to what happens in the next moment, which also is at the discretion of Allah's whim, and everybody hopes that Allah is in a good mood." An example of the teaching of Islam on this subject is:...deep in their frightened minds, they aren'’t at ALL sure that unless Allah wills it, that something will or won'’t happen - —one cannot predict that a flame, for example (this is a real example that they use), will burn cotton.

    Yikes, eh?! The girls already know the basic idea of the scientific principle behind heat, flame, combustibility of certain substances. Heck - our 1 year olds know they are not supposed to play with matches! Onward and upward.

    Although I've never been formally schooled in philosophy - it appears that I do HAVE a philosophy - and so do you. We have acquired our philosophies in a very casual manner. It's not a good way to learn something. We wouldn't want to learn math by just picking up bits here and there, would we? No! As Cubed points out: Philosophy is the roadmap that guides us through life, so it had better 1) be valid, and 2) be well studied.

    It appears that there has been a deliberate drive by our government - over the long haul - to dumb down our children. Reason-based philosophy is bad and the children will be kept far from it. Nihilistic philosophy is great and we have seen much evidence of this lately - Churchill, Bennish. Don't give the kiddies too many facts either - facts fuel thinking.

    We will win the war faster if we teach our kids a reality based philosophy. Kids can be taught philosophy in an age appropriate manner. The goal "is to accurately identify reality, to make everything CLEAR." We must arm our children to continue this fight. It will be up to them to save the Republic and continue this war.

    ON TO ECONOMICS!

    The study of Economics is not limited to monetary issues! The study of Economics is "the means by which an entire society creates prosperity or poverty for its people, depending on the way they organize their economies." In addition, "The exchange of knowledge, the exchange of skills, the exchange of favors, or—of course—the exchange of money for goods and services, are ALL based on economic principles." We influence our economy by voting - and we haven't been schooled in economic principles! What, pray tell, can happen by our being ignorant? Bad decisions, I tell ya - BAD DECISIONS!!

    Cubed goes on to desribe a non-monetary economic problem involving mass casualties and having limited resources to deal with that. What that would involve would be making decisions on whose life is most likely to be saved and allocating the resources to do that. A difficult process. When going through triage training in the military (I was an O.R. Tech in a Combat Support Hospital) I had a hard time with this at first. It required letting the critically injured casualties who had little chance of survival (even with a massive use of resources) die and attending to the casualties who had a better chance of survival. The slightly injured had to sit and wait. I was not used to thinking in these terms - I was used to thinking in terms of saving the most critically injured first no matter what. In a critical and emergency situation though - things have to be viewed a bit differently. The resources have to be allocated in the most efficient way so that they are not wasted. It's a different story, isn't it, when the lone ambulance pulls into the ER where staff is waiting and plenty of equipment is available. Massive use of resources will be employed even if the chance of survival is slim.

    What ARE our children being taught in school? Capitalism is bad. Wealth redistribution is good. It's a bunch of crap of course - but they don't know that. Heck - I've recently had communications with supposed intelligent, thinking adults that can't seem to grasp it. The facts don't matter. The history doesn't matter. They are products of our leftist controlled education system. Furthermore - capitalism isn't just a monetary system, it is a social system.

    "As a social system, capitalism is based on the recognition of individual rights. In fact, its very name comes from the Latin “caput,” meaning “head,” meaning “individual,” as in “head count.” In a capitalist society, the rights of the individual are supremely important, and relationships are voluntary, not forced. People deal with each other through persuasion, discussion, and debate, not force. They voluntarily form mutually agreed upon contracts with each other, the terms of which cannot violate individual rights." About individual rights, Cubed has this to say: "There are only two ways that rights can be violated (this is one of those lessons the kids learn in philosophy class), and they are 1) the initiation of the use of physical force, and 2) the use of the intellectual equivalent of force, which is fraud or deceit."

    A good social system promotes productivity, prosperity, the room for creativity and innovation, individual freedom, good health care, housing, general well-being. Islamic governments micro-manage their populations and stifle freedom. Islamic governments attempt to control EVERYTHING a person in that country does, from how to take a crap to how to have sex to how to dress - disallowing the questioning of the 'knowledge' that has supposedly been 'revealed' in the Koran. Half of the population (women) subjugated and unable to contribute except by breeding. It's no wonder their societies are a failure producing much misery and hate and unhappiness and abuse.

    "Teaching our children proper philosophy and proper economics can help us fend off the Leftist fellow-travelers of Islam who have the shared, classically nihilistic goal of our destruction. We have a lot of catching up to do, since the Postmodern Leftist nihilists have a real head start in their goal of dumbing us down and infusing the schools with their destructive philosophy."

    Cubed doesn't think that the government school system will produce what we need to fight this war - an intelligent, thinking populace armed with the facts. I agree with her. As they say - go and read the WHOLE THING!!! Mine is but a lame attempt at recapping what Cubed so eloquently presents.

    Links:
    Deliberate Dumbing Down of America.

    Basic Economics and Applied Economics by Thomas Sowell.

    Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith.

    Economic Policy by Ludwig von Mises.

    Aesop's Fables.

    The Children's Book of Heroes, The Children's Book of Virtues and The Children's Book of America, all by Bill Bennett.

    God Bless America. God Save the Republic! AND Thank you, Cubed.

    Link

    14 Comments:

    Blogger Mike's America said...

    You might not have had formal schooling in philosophy, but you have always demonstrated a better understanding of Natural Law than many philosophers.

    I minored in philosophy and can heartily recommend reading John Locke and John Stuart Mill. Both of whom provided a portion of our philosophical foundation for the American revolution.

    My philosophy of religion professor was an atheist. Boy that was fun. I asked all kinds of questions, which I think annoyed the professor. A friend of mine also took the course, missed half the classes and copied his term paper verbatim from two library books. We both got the same grade.

    28 March, 2006 00:04  
    Blogger City Troll said...

    very good, very deep and very scary

    28 March, 2006 01:30  
    Blogger MonicaR said...

    Thanks guys. I will add some links tomorrow for your recommendations Mike.

    Troll - it's deep for real.

    28 March, 2006 01:50  
    Blogger MonicaR said...

    BTW - the oldest did an essay (in cursive!) on Jonathan Locke. Very interesting and of COURSE I hadn't been taught in school what a big influence his ideas had on our Forefathers.

    28 March, 2006 11:22  
    Blogger Alison said...

    Monica - thanks very much for your measured comments today. I truly appreciate it. Silly ol me got quite emotional 'bout your reply. Thats me though i get RILED by events and deeply affected by what people say! Sheesh you make must make an excellent teacher.

    Having gone off topic here let me try to cunningly re route: I used to teach French and Spanish to 7-10 year olds. I have to say i endorse the current UK public school system of language teaching here having spent some time at primaries. If you ever want a pov or any info pls let me know. Been meaning to say that for a while but im not sure what languages you teach in the US if im truly honest!

    28 March, 2006 14:51  
    Blogger J C said...

    Excellent post and very interesting. I noticed (with approval) that Christianity was not included as a philosophy (it is, in fact, a way of life) and Jesus Christ was not mentioned as a philosopher. Unless I overlooked its' inclusion, thank you.

    I must say, Philosophy is a very interesting study. My knowledge of the subject is mostly of three of the Greek Philosophers: Aristotle, Socrates and Plato. I spent many enjoyable hours listening to taped books about these men while I drove my truck.

    Sadly, the Koran and Hadith, et al, are not as easy to understand as the Greek Philosophies. I've read some of both and they seem to confirm the suggestion you posted ( "what happens in one moment is at the discretion of Allah'’s whim, and has no relationship to what happens in the next moment, which also is at the discretion of Allah's whim, and everybody hopes that Allah is in a good mood") that Islam isn't very steady. The Koran, to me, seems like so much gibberish. Maybe that's just me.

    Good job.

    28 March, 2006 18:38  
    Blogger DirtCrashr said...

    Like City Troll said, good-deep-scary. I studied the Anthropology of Religion a bit as a teaching assistant, and it seems to me the vague and not-so-easy-to-understand bits of Islam come from a desert mystical tradition that predates Islam. The adherants of which were not killed-off as apostates because it provides a necessary underpinning and shores-up Islamic incoherency. Since it's mystical and interpretive, only the knower knows. It's like the barrier-layer of private-knowledge associated with, "If you have to ask the question, you wouldn't understand the answer." - a rhetorical device that also begs the listener to approve the authority of the speaker.
    Self-dhimmitude at work.

    28 March, 2006 21:05  
    Blogger MonicaR said...

    Alison - well thank you for that compliment as I was afraid I had come off a bit catty - reading Jo just gets me to feeling like baring the claws you know! LOL! I guess I mostly hear of kids taking Spanish or French here in the schools. They usually don't start until high school - which is a shame I think. It ought to be taught much earlier in life. The curriculum that we use offers Spanish through 'power-glide'. I've used others when they were younger. Not really sure the best way to go as I've had my problems (nothing major - mainly presentation - one it was a real pain in the ass switching from audio tapes to a video to a workbook constantly - just a pain...) The powerglide is a bit easier to use but I've found that they enjoy little games that I've concocted to help them to remember vocabulary words and phrases more. (I like playing them too!)

    JC - Cubed has a very interesting analysis of the Greek Philosophers. Apparently there is a big diff. btwn. Plato and Aristotle - I think Ari was Plato's student and they split. The result of the split (if I remember correctly) resulted in a path toward nihilism (Plato) and a path toward something much more positive but I forget the name of it (LOL!)-Aristotle. I believe it is mentioned that the rise in power of the Church is significant and is mentioned in Cubed's analysis. Cubed's essays are fascinating - totally! For someone who hasn't paid attention to it at all in my life I read this and can't imagine how it escaped me. Got too busy working and living at a young age I guess. No time for anything but survival for many years.

    Dirtcrasher - interesting and it just reinforces my belief that anything that discourages questioning is suspect.

    Thanks all for the comments and Mike I didn't get a chance to add any links - but I will - promise!!

    29 March, 2006 00:57  
    Blogger "Alice" said...

    Monicar, since I majored in History/Art at university, I also took Philosophy. Reading your post brought back memories of my courses.

    Keep up the good work, looks like you are on a roll!

    29 March, 2006 03:13  
    Blogger MonicaR said...

    Thank you Alice!

    29 March, 2006 21:45  
    Blogger Jana said...

    It's taken me a few days to think about this, there is so much information here. Thanks for sharing all this. As homeschoolers, we are in a unique position to make sure our kids DO learn philosophy and learn to think for themselves.

    31 March, 2006 10:04  
    Blogger MonicaR said...

    Yes Jana - I am so glad that you read it. It is a LOT to chew on. Cubed does a beautiful job of presenting it. Homeschooling is becoming an increasingly important movement. It can only be a good thing for our country for us to turn out well educated, thoughtful young adults. There is a lot of crap to sift through, and many are easily drawn into the Marxist line that our public education system is feeding our kids. Not knowing any better can be disastrous thing for future generations.

    31 March, 2006 23:26  
    Blogger The Sparky said...

    Keeping the masses ignorant makes an oligarchy elite state come about much easier! That is what we have in the UK at the moment, the New Labour party is riddled with (so-called) ex-communist party members who have no intention of becoming part of the system that they want to impose on the rest of us here. We use to be fearful about what was taking place in the USSR, how they lived in that Big Brother State. I’m afraid to say that Britain is surpassing the hold Russia had or has on its people!

    Our lives here are being turned upside down with never ending state meddling in our lives!

    Yes let the children learn all aspects of philosophy so that they can arrive at the truth and ultimately freedom!

    The state here has started a process of spying into individual lives of a so-called free people from birth to the grave. They are now spinning the options of giving around a million gone to ground asylum seekers an amnesty! They want a nation of good robot wage slaves, and they are going to get it, even if destroys Britain and its people!

    They won’t be around to witness the aftermath, many of these politicians are seeking to retire abroad, once they have their pound of flesh!

    02 April, 2006 18:14  
    Blogger MonicaR said...

    You're right Sparky - and the old commies hijacked the democrat party here in the US. The old commies also gravitated into education.

    I am upset about what is happening in Britain and I would never have known if it hadn't been for bloggers like you and ATW and others. There are similar things happening here too. The illegals issue is super-hot right now.

    03 April, 2006 00:03  

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