The fabric of society: 14. Individuals prepare for the future

[Article 14 of 14: The previous article examined one’s place in society.] Individuals today have the advantage of a world of experience that those in the past did not have. That makes it easier to avoid the tar pits others in Philosophy attempted to explore and got caught in. Our predecessors did heavy lifting, but we have incentive others before did not have — the need to act... 4:00pm 10/16/15

The fabric of society: 13. Individuals find their place in society

[Article 13 of 14: The previous article examined finding individual meaning.] In today’s schooling, your place in society is less an individual than a participant. To do that, authorities have filtered out of education the best of what has been said and thought. Seldom do students learn to work the complexity of life. Montaigne, despairs of making sense of himself and speaks... 4:00pm 10/15/15

The fabric of society: 12. Individuals find meaning

[Article 12 of 14: The previous article examined how individuals take responsibility.] A philosopher asked the meaning of life. Say to anyone who asks, “You selfish, egotistical bastard! You sit there, surveying the world from a very pretty perch, indeed, provided you by everyone who has ever gone before. And you dare to break the gift they have given you. You contemplate... 4:00pm 10/14/15

The fabric of society: 11. Taking individual responsibility

[Article 11 of 14: The previous article examined the individual and governance.] Humbling, isn’t it, to know your consciousness: • In size fits between the breadth of the universe at 156 billion light years and 10-16 meters at the level of quarks, • In time fits between 13.7 billion years of history and an infinite future, and • In a world is just one of 6,800,000,000 people,... 4:00pm 10/13/15

The fabric of society: 10. Individuals validate governance

[Article 10 of 14: The previous article examined principles of character that have changed over time.] Individuals have little reason to trust governors who control schools. Across the better part of a millennium, the institutions of governance challenged to raise human society have instead sown the seeds of their own destruction: Politicized religions in the 1500s, Absolutism... 4:00pm 10/12/15

The fabric of society: 9. Individual principles matter

[Article 9 of 14: The previous article examined why teaching character has been ineffective.] A solid foundation of process concepts leads to principles of character among those capable of grasping them. Experience can reveal patterns that, if we choose to recognize and think about them, can give us insight. One needs skills to tell constructive ideas from destructive ones.... 7:52am 10/12/15

The fabric of society: 8. Individuals validate character

[Article 8 of 14: The previous article examined how individual character blossoms.] Civic virtues change over time. If virtues like kindness, wisdom, and integrity do develop character, one has to decide what constructive virtues should be encouraged. Looking back to Homer, the virtues the poets favored were warlike qualities — legends and fictions that were oracular. Socrates... 4:00pm 10/09/15

The fabric of society: 7. How individual character blossoms

[Article 7 of 14: The previous article examined how individuals produce character.] One can identify with Michel de Montaigne, inventor of the essay as a literary form in 1585, “If a man remembers how very many times he has been wrong in his judgment, will it not be foolish of him not to mistrust it ever after?” Montaigne’s personal experience is distant from ours, but one can... 4:00pm 10/08/15

The fabric of society: 6. Individuals use experience to produce character

[Article 6 of 14: The previous article examined how character has been haphazardly taught.] Self–interest leads to a character-centered life. In your own experience you can recall painful experiences that occurred because you thought you were right and later discovered you were mistaken. This is accessible to everyone across cultural and religious boundaries and helps fashion... 4:00pm 10/07/15

The fabric of society: 5. Individuals were haphazardly taught character

[Article 5 of 14: The previous article examined how individuals mature using dynamic tools.] In the 1700s, philosopher Immanuel Kant wondered, why it was that moral instruction accomplished so little. Yet, he observed, even little children understand that you should do a thing because it is right. The challenge is to go beyond rewarding good behavior, which Kant recognized was... 4:00pm 10/06/15

The fabric of society: 4. Individuals mature using dynamic processes

[Article 4 of 14: The previous article examined how individuals relate to culture through society.] The evidence of writing is that humans acquired consciousness over time and not in a single cataclysmic event. Some acquired it, some did not, and, unbelievably, some cultures lost the skill. While there are a lot of things that consciousness is not, psychologist Julian Jaynes... 4:00pm 10/05/15

The fabric of society 3. Individuals relate to culture through society

[Article 3 of 14: The previous article examined why individuals create society.] Culture and society are different. Cultures form on top of society. Cultures are like the pile of a carpet, varying in color, shape, texture, length, thickness, and material, while society is like the warp and weft threads beneath the pile that hold the carpet together. Without the warp and weft... 4:00pm 10/03/15

The Fabric of Society: 1. Educating Individuals

[Article 1 of 14: Future articles will address how to inoculate students to defend society with principles they revalidate for themselves. We just don’t have the habit.] Students are eager to learn. Too bad they find little traction in many everyday lessons. The themes offered fail to guide and motivate them. It need not be that way. Threads of wisdom run throughout patterns... 4:00pm 10/01/15