MichaelEmeryArt

Where do we Begin ?

-Desire first of all-

"Pre-Concieved Notions"- I didn't start building a ocean going sailboat named "Pre-Concieved Notions, just for shits and grins,I very much had a reason, and that is - The need to be aware of them,and overcome them - (I spelled "Pre-Concieved " as I did by intent,even the computer wants to always change the spelling to "Conceived", yet to me "Eved", suited the meaning "New Thought"

"Pre-Concieved Notions"

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Cognitive dissonance might be the best thing to understand,prior to beginning any studies,a good open-minded understanding what it is,how it applies to everyday life.

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My goal,objective, etc. has always been to create a formula for teaching, not just a Theory, but actual way of teaching young people to grow,evolve to be as creative,open-minded, in essense " Self Actualize ", after writing " T.V set " and then beginning to build my little ship "Pre-Concieved Notions", and had been studying Albert Einstein's " Ideas and Opinions " since mid 90's,in which his " Liberation from Self " caught my attention, at that time I was un-aware of "Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs",yet the two ideas very similar. However The Allegory of the Cave, or Plato's Cave, was presented by the Greek philosopher Plato in his work Republic to compare "the effect of education and the lack of it on our nature". It is written as a dialogue between Plato's brother Glaucon and his mentor Socrates, narrated by the latter. The allegory is presented after the analogy of the sun and the analogy of the divided line. All three are characterized in relation to dialectic at the end of Books VII and VIII.


I see one must begin with Understanding the Concept of "Allegory of the Cave", in order to even Teach.

       So we must teacher how to teach with the "Whole person" in mind,not just how to add two numbers,etc.

             We as Individuals must understand that each and everyone of us is to some degree a prisoner of the Allegory of                  the Cave, held there by " Pre-Concieved Notions"

             Once the is Understood,,we need to understand a Desire needs to form. Like the Alaska Gold Rush,once gold                      was discovered, A great desire was formed to seek it !

              As a Carpenter/Artist for a lifetime, I know one has to first create a "Plan" in one's own mind, a "Concept of what is to be                     Done", and to create something completely new, it can hold wisdom,knowledge of past learned ideas,yet not simply imitate                 in away that has been done .Yet one can't get so fragmented/lost,nothing gets Done.

When Rush released this song in 1977, I had to go get the " Cassette "


Lyrics

And the men who hold high places  - as Plato stated long ago ,
Must be the ones who start
To mold a new reality
Closer to the heart
Closer to the heart

The blacksmith and the artist
Reflect it in their art
They forge their creativity
Closer to the heart
Yes closer to the heart

Philosophers and plowmen
Each must know his part
To sow a new mentality
Closer to the heart
Yes closer to the heart, yeah, oh

Whoa whoa
You can be the captain
And I will draw the chart
Sailing into destiny
Closer to the heart
Closer to the heart
Well closer to the heart, yeah
Closer to the heart

I said closer to the heart
Well closer to the heart, yeah
Closer to your heart
Closer to your heart, whoa



If one Wants to know the true importance of "Art",many,many have talked of it,,two I have studied  Susanne Langer and James Baldwin, would most agree in saying " The Artist is the Vanguard of any Great Society- Rush's song, though simple, defines this idea

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  So a Big 1 st. step, is Developing "Interest", overcoming Apathy. 

     " A Desire for -----change"-----


















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       Education

 I think our whole educational system, has to change for the better, even though one "Generation " maybe lost to the fragmentation of past methods, doesn't mean we keep doing the same thing,over and over.

----------------------Remember, "Insanity is Doing the Same thing Over and Over, and expecting different Results "-----------------------------

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♥   Balanced Brain

I being Androgynous,(identify with  Hermaphroditus), very much related to the brain being split into 2 hemispheres for many reasons.

   One is seeing world in big picture perspective (or at least great desire to).

   Another aspect for myself, and from early youth desiring the "Feminine " aspect both "Psychologically" and " Physically"

   Another is always having a great need to sketch,draw etc.

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I came across Ben Franklin's 13 virtues 8/17/2018


   

Thirteen Virtues

Franklin bust in the Archives Department of Columbia University in New York City

Franklin sought to cultivate his character by a plan of 13 virtues, which he developed at age 20 (in 1726) and continued to practice in some form for the rest of his life. His autobiography lists his 13 virtues as:

  1. "Temperance. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation."
  2. "Silence. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation."
  3. "Order. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time."
  4. "Resolution. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve."
  5. "Frugality. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing."
  6. "Industry. Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions."
  7. "Sincerity. Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly."
  8. "Justice. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty."
  9. "Moderation. Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve."
  10. "Cleanliness. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation."
  11. "Tranquility. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable."
  12. "Chastity. Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation."
  13. "Humility. Imitate Jesus and Socrates."


America is the only nation brought forth by a set of beliefs, and those beliefs, captured so eloquently in our founding documents, are some of the most powerful and inspiring ever conceived. We consider this to be the land of the free, where the individual is supreme and nothing prevents us from going as far as our talents can take us. That image of America - that "brand" - is incredibly strong.


However, there's a very large gap between that long-held image and the reality of America today. What was once a government built for the people is now a government run for the rich and powerful, one that throws the people under the bus whenever their interests differ from those of the corporate and political leaders who run the show.

And living in one world (the corrupt) while stubbornly believing you live in another (the ideal), despite mounds of evidence, causes a distinct kind of stress, often called cognitive dissonance


   Psychologists suggest that when people are in a state of cognitive dissonance, they'll search for a way to resolve it, either by rejecting one view or the other as either wrong or unimportant. If you're a smoker looking at the link between smoking and cancer, for example, you'll either quit smoking or decide that the research is biased, wrong, or doesn't apply (in other words, that you're smart enough to quit before the long-term damage is done).

But what happens if you can't resolve the two?

For most of us Americans, resolving our cognitive dissonance would mean either accepting that we're impotent and living futile (and feudal) lives, or rejecting our lifestyles and actively fighting the rot in the system. If we're not willing to do either of those, the dissonance stays - and eats at us.

People carrying this kind of ongoing, underlying stress find ways of coping with it; in America we're doing it with self-medication, compulsive behaviors and distractions. Consider the following examples of the way we cope with the ever-present stress in our lives:

Drugs - Our country is awash in drugs, both legal and illegal, that keep us numb. In 2014, there were 245 million prescriptions filled for opioid pain relievers. The number of deaths from drug overdoses has risen from around 30,000 in 2005 to 64,000 in 2016. And communities across the country are being devastated by the opioid epidemic, as explained in this in-depth reporting by Cincinnati.com.
  • Drinking - People don't only use drugs to self-medicate; drinking does the trick as well, and we're doing a lot more of it than we used to. According to a new study in JAMA Psychiatry, overall drinking in the US increased by 11% between 2002-13, while high-risk and problem drinking rose even higher: high-risk drinking rose by 29.9%, while problem drinking rose by 50%.
  • Mental Illness - In 2015, 17.9% of adults held a diagnosis for a mental disorder, while a 2010 study found that 46.3% of children ages 13-18 had a mental disorder at some point in their young lives, and the majority of those adults and children are given prescriptions. This includes a dramatic increase in ADHD diagnoses for children: According to SharpBrains, "Among children aged 5 to 18, between 1991-92 and 2008-09, rates of ADHD diagnosis increased nearly 4-fold among boys - from 39.5 to 144.6 per 1000 - and nearly 6-fold for girls - from 12.3 and 68.5 per 1000 visits."
  • Obesity - If drinking and drugs aren't your thing - or even if they are - more of us are coping with stress by overeating, and it's showing up on our waistlines. From 1990 to 2016, the average percentage of obese adults increased from 11.1% to 29.8%; when you add in the number of people who are overweight but not obese, it rises to more than two in three adults.
  • Sleeping problems - Sleep has a significant impact on our physical and mental health, and in America we're not getting enough of it: The CDC states that 50-70 million American adults have a sleep or wakefulness disorder.
  • Media Usage - Is there any better distraction from life's problems than media? We certainly spend a lot of our time being passively entertained: In 2016, Americans consumed an average of 10 hours of media per day, compared with 7.5 hours per day globally. Nielson reports that lower income adults spend much more time with media than do affluent adults, with adults in households with include under $25,000 watching 211 hours/month of television, versus 113 hours/month for adults in households earning $75,000 or more. (The trend is similar across other media as well.)
  • The Disease of Debt - According to the New York Fed, household debt reached a new peak in the third quarter of 2017, at $12.8 trillion. Part of our debt problem comes from the compulsive shopping we do as a distraction; the other results from denying the reality that our wages aren't keeping up with the increase in the cost of living, meaning that we use debt to plug the gap rather than reducing our living standards to align with our reality.
  • We're collectively doing so much damage to ourselves, solely to protect our psyches from the reality that the America that used to be is no longer the America we have. And who does that help? As you can see from the points above, it doesn't help us: Instead, it helps the rich and powerful who are subverting the system. They're corrupting everything this country once was, and by willfully refusing to acknowledge that reality, we're inadvertently helping them to do it.

    The best thing we can do - for our mental and physical health, as well as for our country - is to open our eyes to what America has become, not what we wish it still was. It's time to face reality and take action.






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    --------------------------------------------------As a Society,we must demand our "Leaders" be self-actualized people---------------------------------

       From my view point,if looking at our current Leaders, from Federal government down to the teachers at the local high school, few if any are Self-Actualized!