People Aren’t What They Do

One unfortunate practice among English speakers, and possibly among speakers of most other languages as well, is the description of people by their profession.  For instance, if Wilma practices accounting as a profession, people would say that Wilma is an accountant.  The problem arises from the fact that when a person is defined by a profession, or by any other single characteristic, focus is shifted to some trivial imagined difference, and we lose sight of the fact that all people have more in common that not.  The truth is that Wilma is a human being who practices accounting for a living, but that is awkward to say, so people shorten it to Wilma is an accountant, losing sight of the fact that she is primarily a human being, not a profession.

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Collective Consciousness

Just as a cell has no way of knowing that it is a part of a higher level of being, how would we know if we were part of a higher level of being?

If there are other dimensions that we can’t sense, how can we know that the result of our activity isn’t a consciousness on another level?

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Worksheet – Physics

For homeschool I created a worksheet covering a few fundamental concepts of physics, and the link below is to a pdf version of that worksheet.

Physics

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Worksheets – Spanish

Below are links to a few worksheets I’ve created in order to help my daughters learn Spanish.

Basics

Colors

Days of the Week

Numbers 0 – 15

Numbers 16 – 30

Numbers > 100

Personal Pronouns

Sentences – 01

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Worksheets – Knowledge, and Branches of Knowledge

Below are links to a series of worksheets I’ve prepared for homeschool. This set of worksheets deals with knowledge in general, and with some of the more popular branches of knowledge.  This group does not include a worksheet on various arts such as painting, sculpture, knitting, etc., although conceptually it would be a logical inclusion.  My daughters already know the terms for most of the popular branches of art, so I don’t have a need for a worksheet regarding them.

Knowledge

Branches of Knowledge – Math

Branches of Knowledge – Physical Sciences

Branches of Knowledge – Life Sciences

Branches of Knowledge – Medically Related Studies

Branches of Knowledge – Other Human-Related Studies

Branches of Knowledge – Occult Studies

Note:  The inclusion of occult studies is not an endorsement of the occult; however, the popularity of these areas of human activity have played a prominent role in human thought for many centuries, and I want my daughters to understand these terms.

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The Cat in the Hat Neutered

The famous Cat in the Hat was caught yesterday roaming the streets of LaJolla, California, by LaJolla animal control. He was brought to the animal shelter, and since he had no tags and had been reported as a stray, he was neutered.

Kevin McBlevin, the animal control officer who caught the Cat in the Hat, was nonchalant about it.

“Some women had been calling in about this big stray cat that had been coming into their houses and playing with their kids,” he said. “This had been going on for years now.

“Well, I was making a routine patrol through one of the residential neighborhoods when I saw him, the Cat in the Hat. He was about six feet tall with his hat on, and he was whistling. I’d never heard a cat whistle before, but I thought, ‘Who cares? It’s just a cat.’

“He was a big one, all right; biggest I’d ever seen.  Well, I’d heard how friendly he was, and I thought, ‘I bet, with my net, I can get that cat yet!’ But then I thought, ‘Damn, he’s big, better not take a chance.’

“So I shot him with my tranquilizer gun. I never saw such a look of surprise on a cat’s face before. He took a few steps, and then he went down like a rock. When he hit the pavement, his hat came off and all these little cats with hats came running out and scampered away into the bushes. I let them go. I had the big one. I could come back for the little ones later. Most of them probably wouldn’t survive, anyway, unless someone took them in.

“So, I put him in my truck and brought him to the shelter. All the other workers congratulated me because we’d been looking for him for so long, and we hadn’t been able to catch him. I hung around the shelter to see what they were going to do with him.

“Due to all the reports that we’d had about him since who knows when, and since he didn’t have any tags, they went ahead and neutered him. Judging from the look on his face when he woke up, he didn’t seem to think it was good fun that was funny, but I’m sure I wouldn’t either.

“Tomorrow we’ll ship him out to the LuckyCat pet adoption center, and maybe he’ll get taken to a good home; someplace where they’re not afraid of taking care of a six foot cat. I know I wouldn’t want to be the one to clean his litter box every day.”

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The Meaning of Life

Before one can answer the question of whether or not life has meaning, I think that it’s necessary to be clearer on what is encompassed by the word meaning.

If one intends that meaning be interpreted as “an inherent goal toward which one moves or is moved, and which is given to us consciously by ourselves or by another being at or before birth”, then I would have to say that there is no empirical evidence yet uncovered that life has any meaning.  Life occurs, and it doesn’t have to have a purpose to occur.  Rain also occurs. It has causes and effects, but it doesn’t have an inherent meaning. I would love to think that we are part of a greater dynamic in which our existence extends beyond death and has an inherent meaning, but I can’t yet attribute any such meaning to life.

If meaning signifies the prime motivators of our lives, I would say there are two biological imperatives:  survive, and reproduce.

As for other connotations of meaning, I think that a person is free to give his life the meaning he chooses to give it.

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