The Perils of American Girlhood (Part I)

“Childhood is the most beauiful of all life’s seasons.”

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Growing up  is tough! For girls, in particularly minorities, this old adage is true. The  predisposed jeopardy within our communities has debilitated childhood innocence. Gone are the days were children could look to their parents as a life models. We have sacrificed much needed quality time and attention for materials and possessions.

We have meshed the boys and girls into a generalized classification of childhood, not realizing that the two are similar yet are different. They learn differently. In comparison to their counter parts, our girls require different administration of  educational skills and knowledge if they are expected to become strong, resilient, and adaptable women. These contrasting needs are evident from birth to grade school and  into adulthood yet we continue to provide generalized education.

According the US Census, females outnumber men. If this is true, we must acknowledge, address, and understand the detriment placed on our young girls when those contrasting needs are not meet.

We need our girls and our girls need us.

We must give them every opportunity to discover their talent, skills, and abilities as girls before hurling them into the challenges prominent in womanhood.

What distinctive needs do our young girls lack?

How can we better meet those needs?

Where do we start?

Who is most responsible for ensuring those needs are met?

Let’s S.I.P

Note: This is the first part of a three part blog series.

 

 

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Philosophy: Is it Necessary? (Part III)

It’s not what you say my dear, but what you can prove that truly matters. Everything else is mere trivia.    And not everything is as it seems to be.                                           -Nakisha S. Tarrant

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Every person on the face of the earth has a philosophy. Whether we have clarity in defining that philosophy or not, we all have it as it pertains to the 5 philosophical branches featured above.

Without philosophical clarity our focus becomes unclear. Our purpose of existence is questionable and therefore life becomes meaningless. If we feel that life is meaningless, we fall into the dangers of all sorts of non-constructive, depressive thought and behavior. We must understand that life is more than just a mere coincidence, more than just some random state of being or coincidence.

For many of us, life is unjoyous, unfulfilling, and ill-fated. Fortunately we have options. We have the power to change our course.

So, let’s challenge ourselves to become more philosophical in our thinking. We may find out there’s so much to more to life than existing. Our existence is connected to the universe which is filled with a plethora of undiscovered creations and complexities. Don’t just sit there, seek your knowledge, purpose, and passion.

Take the world by its reins and put your KNOWLEDGE and BELIEFS to the TEST.

Without assumptions or judgement, ask others about their beliefs, values, and morals . This is a great way to define and refine your own personal philosophy.

Look introspectively, find yourself and be adventurous about defining your very own philosophy in the 5 philosophical branches featured above.

Enjoy life and S.I.P!

Note: This blog post is the third post of a three post series.

 

Philosophy: Is it Needed? (Part II)

One who does not question the OBVIOUS will never understand the OBSCURE.    – Nakisha S. Tarrant

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Philosophy derives from the latin/greek root words “philo” meaning love and “sophos” meaning wisdom. Philosophy is a dying field of study. Many find the field of study to be unnecceary and unrelatable. However, without philosophy the foundations of all other fields of study are incomplete. It helps educators of every field to better educate students of every age to reflect on key issues and concepts.

If knowledge is power, what good is power without wisdom?

And what knowledge is “good” knowledge?

In order to obtain sound wisdom or judgement regarding our universe and its furnishings we must first gain knowledge. Gnosis, the latin word for knowledge means to make aware of or bring into existence. As intellectual beings we become aware or acknowledge life and all it has to offer through observation. The deeper we observe, the more we acknowledge. Unfortunately, many of us do not take the time to FULLY observe the universe and LIFE beyond what we have been formally or informally taught to know it.  We study but never FULLY reach CRITICAL understanding of who we are and why we do what we do.

Could it be that we have relied so heavily on the theories, opinions, and assumptions of others that we have become dull of understanding.

Have our intellectual bodies suffered while our emotional and instinctive natures thrived?

Our brains are prewired to function as both CONSCIOUS and SUBCONSCIOUS facilities. Both facilities (systems) require activity in order for us to grow and develop into WHOLE beings. Wholeness refers to spiritual, intellectual, and physical growth and development.

When we embark on a philosophical approach for learning more about the universe and ourselves we gain more than surface knowledge. Doubt is then omitted from our PERSONAL moral or belief systems and therefore offers us the opportunity to increase our intellectual beings into greater knowledge.

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The 5 BRANCHES OF PHILOSOPHY

METAPHYSICS The Study of Existence What’s Out There?
EPISTEMOLOGY The Study of Knowledge How Do I Know It?
ETHICS The Study of Action What Should I Do?
POLITICS The Study of Force What Actions Are Permissible?
ESTHETICS The Study of Art What Can Life Be Like?

For more information refer to http://www.importanceofphilosophy.com/Chart.html and others articles similar to the above.

Stay Tuned but most importantly STAY THIRSTY my friends.

S.I.P♥

Note: This post is the second part of a three part blog series.

Philosophy: Is it necessary? (Part I)

Today, intelligence is neither recognized nor rewarded, but is being systematically extinguised in a growing flood of brazenly flaunted irrationality.         -Ayn Ran

Philosophy is the school of thought.

Philosophy is the school of thought. It is an academic discipline that exercises reason and logic in an attempt to understand reality. Philosophy attempts to answer fundamental questions about knowledge, life, morality, and human nature. Unlike the special sciences such as mathematics, chemistry, or sociology, philosophy deals with aspects of the universe.

Philosophy is a critical and comprehensive process of thought.

Philosophy is a critical and comprehensive process of thought.

That process involves resolving confusion, unmasking assumptions, revealing presuppositions, and distinguishing importance, testing positions, correcting distortions, looking for reasoning, examining world views, and questioning conceptual frameworks.  By all means, it is not simply a theory about human life and its curiosities, nor does it  consist of unexplainable beliefs, dreams, or wishes.

Philosophy demands patience.

Philosophy demands patience. For those who enjoy the philosophical method of thought find it challenging to relate to individuals who rarely question or ponder about things beyond their immediate realm of knowledge and understanding.Because learning is a life long process, the quest for more knowledge, truth, or wisdom is neverending. As it stands, abstract thinking, is not only unappealing but meaningless to some . Therefore the relationship of one system or idea does not relate to another and if so, it is not necessary require our minds to connect such ideas or systems in terms of relativity. Analytical thinking demands our patience and many of us refuse to invest the time. But…..

Do we need more abstract thinkers?

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Would our children benefit from teaching methods that require philosophical thought?

Are deep thinkers useless in a concrete and rapidly growing technological world?

Could philosophical teaching help with the following list of social issues?

1. obesity

2.cleanwater scarcity

3. mass incarcerations

4. wage inequalities

5. gang and drug-related violence

Let’s S.I.P!♥

Note: This topic is presented as the first part of a three post series.