5/1/2015 1 Comment
No writing does not mean...no oistros (see previous piece - April 28)
Sometimes the moments of silence can be more oestrogonic once bluetooth and wifi is on.
the last two days i had multiple recollections from the past- reminded how my pedagogy/andragogy was influenced by hellenism- (how one can avoid it by the way:) The first lecture I've attended during my studies in Greece was Pedagogiki (word should make sense to the non-greeksss as weeeeeelllllll) and it was all about Socrates, Virtues, Socratic "baby-dilevery" humor (sarcasm) and wisdom...so going to Greece for sport related studies instead of having Galis, Yiannakis we were all welcomed by the concepts and the spirit of the ancient!
I LOOOOOOVED IT!- it was magic- regenerating, refreshing and inspiring!!! took the best notes of my life- and i believe- those days- were the first days I was sooooo engaged, lost and excited about the direction I was going. So I guess- this was my first intellectual/psychic/cosmic oestros. It felt ecstatic (emotionally and intellectually) Socially though- not so much. How can one keep the balance between the world of ideas and the modern world- especially the first year-months in a college! This framework though- determined significantly the way I think- coached (back in the old days)- teach, theorize and research (need some coffee and will come back)....ok- this framework also determined the political philosophy of the scholarship I've produced- policies, programming, curricula and vocational training I've developed etc etc...(ok now I get it!) without oistros- (and its roots) without the first piece of writing (unedited with typos on April 28)- I would have forgotten the roots of my biggreekfatweddiness kinda way of thinking and how my work was influenced by the ancient times greekness...(Greek heritage, family, papoudin and nonoudin mou- and other factors definitely interplay- but the sure thing-was that this was the trigger) ...so triggers of all the pieces of our peace (Woolfgang - right on with your framework) with positive oestrogonic stimuli- can lead to intense moments of here and now (in terms of emotional response, cognitive intellectual ahhhhahiness- and physical alertness- and physiological ...biologists and neuroscientists should take it on from here) (elaborate on how this relate to nostalgia- Homeric- nostos and algos as a drive for being present and its value for growth, happiness and evolution).
So what? Understanding self- is the foundation of everything- and the more you learn about something the more you realize how ignorant one can be- if limited or trapped to existing (and pre-existing) rationale and narratives. No plagiarism here- Foundation # 1 of Socratic way of thinking (here we go again #greekfatweddingfactfinding)
Foundation # 2- Socrates was a pain in the ...wondering around agora asking questions (think of something like that happening in our days). Questioning and challenging the existing way of being (personal, social, societal and ...institutional) should be a lifelong commitment. Believing that you think you know something is even more threatening (humanity have proven that over the last...thousands of years)
Foundation # 3- peace, happiness and growth should be facilitated within and with structures and conditions that embrace autonomy, relatedness and competence (or Mastery and transcendence as per Csick and Maslo) (not-what told) Ryan and Deci Self Determination theory- where did you get your theories? ..what was the context, the root and the stimuli/us? Same with Beedy, Kohlberg Sternberg, Maslow, Csick et al...just saying/asking)
Foundation # 4- Philosophy (pedagogical and political) can be more effective (or at least more humanistic) when guided (and grounded) on certain assumptions- (a) each individual has a unique potential (his/her potential) and should be embraced in the same way gynecologist deliver babies (Socratic meeftiki). Sometimes with smooth and painless birth- sometimes with loooong pain, sacrifices (note-maUknowwhatcametomymamindbytheway7monthsinbed?) and sometimes... without any support! Socratic questioning delivers new babies- but triggers and embraces re-generation, growth- but also pain and frustrations to many....(b) Get out of the cave kind of mindset (driven by light instead of shadows) should also be (and actually is- at least in theory) the ultimate purpose of education. Once you get a wifi with light- then the rest is almost- just history...you get the connection and move one (psyc navigation self talk is needed to avoid crashes though) (c) Humor and eros- IS the drive of everything- without this attraction - yin will keep on talking to yins..yang would also be yannngingg without movement or progress. Progress, growth and evolution require tension, dissatisfaction from existing state of being (diagnostics and regeneration). Acknowledging this (positive with negative principle) with psychic/cosmic navigation - oestros as the GPS in life (and - turn around when possible- when you don't feel it) and with the be-the-crazy-one approach (Steve Jobs' moto) you can attract like-minded and crazy enough people (or re-establish old relationships with the "right oestrogonic mindset")- and then...let eros do the job (intense emotional and beyond attraction cosmic drive etc) Mythology can help us get other concepts as well (operationalized though in todays reality to make sense)--- sooooo you think what I write make sense to other people?...hope so,.where are we? ok..let's regroup *(disclosure- eros SHOULD not be misinterpreted or have to do anything with the pedofilia which is probably one of the most sick crimes of humanity..) Eros- as described (at least the way i perceived it) is the love the educator/mentor should have to his/her mentee - and the something needs to be in air kinddaaa think (pemptousia, kindaa magic or X factor)...(d) the equality kinda thing and foundation of creating new communities that are interdisciplinary and all inclusive is one more assumption (see Alborts Contact theory, more recent applications Pettigrew, Moghadam...and Lyras:-) Socrates was the crazy one (and the one with more wisdom see Oracle- but ok we can challenge that) was going around the elit (aristocrates) of Athens asking questions and delivering "new babies" the non-aristocratic did not have the luxury though to be around- since there were busy surviving, satisfying basic needs (Maslow) and doing other things (access and opportunity principle). So it might be something similar like going to kolonaki, voreia proasteia tis athinas and excluding children from other counties ... (disclosure- I am not a communist by the way...I strongly advocate and support Free market - Capitalism- the one that invest though both in- Human and Social Capital) (See holistic Economics redefined Human-Social- Societal-Financial-Natural). ok this is too long- what else? some clarity on this one-? later-...ok I move to another foundation since this a, b, c is getting tooooo long (will elaborate and fix this though at a later stage- during the reorganization stage for pubs)
so - let's set a GOAL- Oestros, flow and Peak experience have this (setting clear goals) as one of the essential assumption/requirement for growth, self actualization and transcendence (same with organizational, inter-group and institutional). You can only become a great athlete (here we go with sports again) ...if you set goals and create conditions of low/high intensity (Balance between skills and challenge- Chicksent) since this is the pathway of Mastery/proficiency/transcendence. Setting goals in high intensity (and staying committed to mastery) can not be experienced in writing a book, or watching tv- but can at least- initially understood- through Askisi and it's metaphors (learning moments- plato's one hour of play). But askisi without context and GPS posited assumption- can lead to blindsided football players, cheerleaders and couch potatoes- (will elaborate later on this - music, performing arts- holistic development- bla bla)
So- setting goal is Foundation # 5 - Disclosure: Setting goal does not mean the educator should be obsessed with the expectation that student will have clarity/focus on direction (or to know) what goals they want to achieve (many significant 40-50-70 year old pioneers I know of- are still in search of an exciting goals in life)- Setting Educational goal and defining steps and deliverables- is- and should be, a practice (askisi)- that will teach us how finding what you love (your passion) and follow that with commitment and determination is important in every endeavor (progress of humankind)- reminds me the "find what you love- and let it kill you" quote
Ok we will close this once we reach "the 7 Foundations of...." this is very modern, trendy and a good new technologies practice ...(no idea where this is going) AMC (see and elaborate Lyras-2000, 2002, 2007)
Foundation # 6- love and hate have the same components- attributes and mechanism (Stern theory)- emotional- cognitive and behavioral (don't remember all the terms of the theory but it makes sense ...it's been a while since I read it)- re-read it and reuse it in this context
Foundation # 7 -.... it's not coming to me....maybe this should be the essence of this foundation. Life has cycles *(I guess), life cycle has different forms (see org change theory 2007/8pub) while I (and any other person) can create principles, best practices, foundations that are grounded in theory and evidence from the field- there should always be an open window for deconstructing everything- reconstructing and regenerating the new- and give space for the unknown....let go- without obsession. If something is meant to be- or if certain foundations are universal and constant in terms of value- time and space (*beyond mind and pre-existing perceptions/ knowledge/assumptions/interpretations) then the same principles will reoccur- the right time at the right place and in a more creative context. Fresh- new- exciting and oestrogonic.....
woke up this morning and wanted to write something about the Cyprus conflict- respond to the current situation= momentum, limitations, threats and potential- but ...I could not resist though, the first and big eros/love . I guess the Cyprus problem will not be resolved until I write sometime about it...this can follow the next days (depending on muses and hermes availability)
Hugs kai kalo mina!