"Free and critical minds can emerge only by a return to the source-the primary sources. A free and critical mind takes nothing for granted and is not intimidated by "authorities" who frequently may be more confused than the general public. Free and critical minds seek truth without chauvinism or shame." - Dr. Asa G. Hilliard III (1)



“One single bit of information, if missing, incomplete, out of order or just plain wrong, has the potential to significantly alter thought processes, conclusions, decisions and behaviors, even when that one single logic entry exists in a sea of accuracy.”


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Google Alerts & Information Research

Automated Searching

Google Alerts is a research tool that allow users to set up and save search terms. The results are emailed periodically. Search terms may be edited. This is especially useful for topics of interest for self-study. Google Alerts should not be used to the exclusion of separate searches on Google, Bing and other search engines.

Go to Google Alerts.

Transforming Our Research View

Research is nothing fancy or hard. Research simply means to search, re-search and keep re-searching until satisfied information gathered is sufficient to satisfy the purpose for searching in the first place.

Research should always begin with a general idea of current thoughts on the subject and the major sources relied upon to create these thoughts.

Research means, after finding information, updating as needed, based on additional information. Often, research is not an end game. It is usually a “what is able to be determined at the moment” game. Learnderstand this: one of the fundamental universal principles of life & existence is change. All essential functions and energies that maintain life, including growth, require change.

Taking Research Personal

Research is a personal responsibility. It's not someone else's job to be a researcher and do all the studying, analyzing, figuring out and thinking and then tell us how to think, feel and act. This is dangerous in every single way. Even if we use this approach it is not a good idea to trust those whose worldview, value system and definitions are vastly different from ours because worldview, values and definitions matter in how information is approached, comprehended, reported in media and taught in schools.

Where Research Occurs

Life, experience, experimenting, practice, trying again and learning from mistakes is part of what research is. It is not research to make the same mistakes when a reasonable number of reasonable people have made the mistake and the information is available to learn from.

Research includes fact-checking, analyzing and critical thinking. Research includes considering information different, and sometimes even opposite, to what you want it to be, otherwise research becomes limited to what we already think and know. We must practice avoiding confirmation bias.

Researching is soul searching by tuning in to intuition and wisdom. This includes wisdom from conversations with humans and the rest of the natural world. Researching is watching videos or taking a class. Researching is effort applied towards learning and understanding.

Research is more than a head game, computer game or library game. It involves going to primary sources when possible. The natural world is a primary source. The spirit is a primary source.

Research involves the spiritual self and the study of the complete self. For this reason alone, researching is an ongoing, never-ending, personal growth & development daily event.

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Unwillingness to change when the need to change is known is a mental illness.

“...to master a human being, no matter what his race or color, all you need to do is to strip him of his identity, his land, the strength of his culture, and the memory of his ancestors.”

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If I don't take control of my own education, I will continue to be imprisoned by what I had no choice but to learn. If I don't take charge of seeking what I need to read, I will only read what is offered up in a daily soup of media and entertainment goop.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Defending Inherent Goodness Of Children, 1/2

Raising Children

Let's examine the statement:

Sometimes you can raise children right and they can still go wrong.

#1 - “Sometimes”

If it only happens “sometimes,” what is the difference between children who “go right” and children who “go wrong?” We must make sure we're making accurate detailed comparisons.

Is there a difference between older and younger siblings? If so, perhaps the learning curve of parenting is partly responsible. Also, some parents go through a reverse learning curve and will somehow forget when raising younger children.

#2 - Did Parents Do Their Job?

Before parents state we raised children right, we at least need one detailed example of raising a child right and the child not “going wrong.” If not, it would be more mature for parents to reexamine ourselves than to make children our scapegoats.

This reexamination must include looking at our parents, grandparents and great grandparents. We must gain as much understanding of their lives, circumstances and the people they were and became. All these things influence the people we are and the parents we become.

It may be helpful for parents to make a list of all the things a child needs. Then seek reliable outside sources to make sure nothing major has been overlooked.

This list should be detailed since parenting must also flow back and forth between big and little pictures and cover a variety of areas beyond the surface and the obvious. This list should contain a section that provides for adjustments for the individuality of each child. This list should contain a section that provides for adjustments for the continuous learning gained from the personal growth and development of the parents.

Children Need Parents & Communal Support

I'm sure a lot of parents do a lot of things they should in raising their children but even so, if communal support is not involved, children will be deficient in some area. Why? Children and you and me are diverse, highly capable creations full of potential that require a variety of nutritional inputs from a variety of sources. Two very good parents are still not enough because they are still a limited diet when it comes to the full range of needs each person has.

It is critical to everyone's survival to recreate community that consists of communal values. It is critical if we are to thrive.

Mounting An Offense

If parenting and communal support are inherently good then the inherent goodness of children will be preserved with few exceptions.

It is possible for parents to do everything they kn0w to do and still raise a child in a deficient way because something is missing in the parental/communal lineage. We must stop this process and re-infuse all resources into ourselves and our children so our grandchildren will get the full range of preparedness.

Nothing is more clearer, to raise children we must raise ourselves.

If there's one thing all children deserve is a good defense. It is their Creator-given right and a parental/communal responsibility. The inherent goodness of children must be protected from the start. This can be accomplished with a good home offense based on raising self-awareness and levels of nutrition.

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In order for human racism to continue to exist, it must be taught to the children. Racial disharmony IS CAUSED BY one branch of humans actively keeping individuals within their branch, off balance, thus out of harmony with the universal, the rest of the natural world and each other. In this weakened, off-center condition, these individuals can only manifest their humanness and not their spirit essence (there's no connection). This individual disharmony must, and does, lead to disharmony in relationships of all types. (From, Occupy Harmony, Racial Solution Is Spiritual Power & Repentance)

How can we have peace in the Middle East
When there's none at home?
How can we have understanding in the land
When there's none in the woman
And there's none in the man?

How can we heal the wounds of the world
If we cannot heal our own?
And where does this peace on earth begin
If not in the home?

Where do we go now?
Do we let the devil win
Or do we get up and fight?
Surely we know how to conquer all our fear
Bring an end to the violence
Bring an end to the tears

Well, there's too much talk about it
And too many walk without it
Where is the love?
Where is the God in your life?
To my left a woman abuses her children
To my right somebody's beating his wife
Tell me, where is the love?
Where is the God in your life?

(Partial Lyrics from Peace On Earth by Rachelle Ferrell)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Single Parents Coping Using Self-Esteem

“I am writing this in the midst of a re-evaluation of myself; a re-evaluation of the day-to-day decisions I make--and how they affect the life of my own child. Although I feel the decisions I make as a parent for the physical well being of my child are sound, I have failed to realize the possible long term negative impact that some of my personal decisions may have on my son as he grows to be a man.“ [From A Woman's Work by Francesca Hargrove in (The Liberator Magazine 1.2 #2)]

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Listen to the song, Here & Now by Francesca Hargrove

Simply put, self-esteem is knowledge of self.

“So-called single parents get no merit badges if they are not doing what is critically necessary for children by bringing all resources to bear on their behalf. Parents operating under the living martyrdom syndrome that they are going it alone are going about it all wrong. There is a universe of possibilities.” (From Family Planning Developments, Self-Esteem And Abuse & Neglect Context)

”Human genetics are shaped before conception, during fetus development and after being born. During each of these three stages, our parents/caregivers can influence our genetics. During each of these stages, anyone can influence our genetics by affecting our parents/caregivers. During each of these stages, the ecosystem can influence our genetics. After we are born, humans can shape their own individual personal genetic instructions. After we are born, all of us can influence the genetics of other living beings.”(From Definition: Human Genetics' Changing Influences & Responses Context