The Perils of American Girlhood (Part II)

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What is girlhood?  According to Oxford, girlhood is the state or time of being a girl. This definition is by far, the simpliest, most indistinct explaination of the term. We’re sure those you who have been blessed with the opportunity of girlhood personally, would find the Oxford’s definition quite vague and unappealing.

But what if we were to reevaluate or redefine this term based on past experience and observations, how then would you describe girlhood?  Would you associate it with the most joyful, liveliest moments in a young girl’s life? Or maybe, the darkest, most vunerable, or confusing time of life?

If seen through the eye of a young girl, the entire defintion would be more much definitive and thereby much more engaging than that described by Oxford Dictionary. So before going any further into this topic, we ask that you to take time this week  to create your own definition of girlhood. Of course, you guys, “MEN” may think it’s not important for you to participant, however it is contrary to the fact that girlhood is not exclusive to women. Fathers, uncles, male cousins, and grandfathers, all play major roles in the lives of a young girl. Therefore your participation and specific point of view would be much valued and highly appreciated.

Once read in its entirety, please scroll cursor up to the left-hand side of the blog topic (The Perils of American Girlhood, Part II)  and click on the  leave a comment section to participate in the our discussion.

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And without further ado, let’s S.I.P!

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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.

 

 

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.

Language: The Great Wall of Confusion

 

Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.
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If you talk to a man in a language he understands, THAT goes to his head.   If you talk to him in his language, THAT goes to his heart.        

– Nelson Mandela

Have you ever wondered how there came to be so many languages in the world? According to research conducted by the University of Pennsylvania in 2005’s ethnology report there are approximately 6, 900 living world languages. This research showed an  increase of approximately 200 living world languages within a 9 years time frame.

So why so many?

Well, there are many theories, mythologies, or opinions on how these languages came to be and why they are important. But again, why so many?

As linguist, psychologist, historians, and other professionals have attempted to explain the development and evolution of language, many are still left once more asking the question, why so many?

What purpose does language serve?

What are its forms and functions?

Which languages seem more attuned with mother nature? For what reason(s) is that so?

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And is it possible to achieve a greater sense of world community if we all spoke the SAME language?

Would there be less confusion or more advancement in matters of politics, economics, or socialism if we all spoke the same language?

According to an article published in Scientific American, your language may affect your wealth and health? Hmm, interesting?

So everyone without further ado, let’s S.I.P!

 

 

 

 

Does America’s history cultivate its future?

sailing at nightIn a quest to discover ourselves, we oftentimes reflect upon who we are and how we came to be. During this time we seek resemblance or some form of likeness not only in ourselves but also of those around us. We look to our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents as our starting point. This need to identify ourselves in light of our ancestors fills an inward void , a penetrating raw emotion that guides our hearts and minds for such self identity but is it necessary?

How much better do we feel once we begin to discover more about our predecessors spiritually, intellectually, and physically? For starters, where do begin and how far back in time must we search?

What if we lack knowledge or other resources needed in order to do so?

Is it even possible to fill this void? How then will we ever gain a true understanding of who we are?

Are “we the people” automatically doomed if we fail to meet this need?

These are just some of the questions many Americans  give thought to, in particularly, those who did not arrive in the New World by any desire or choice of their own.

So without further ado, let’s S.I.P?

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Welcome Everyone to the S.I.P Blog Community. We are so excited to have this wonderful opportunity to have you as a visitor. We are currently in the process of establishing our forum and plan to conduct weekly submissions via discussions blogs, webinars, and other outreach activities. Stay tuned my friends but most importantly, stay thirsty!