INTEGRATIONALISM

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Archive for April, 2012

Humans Cant Have Nature

The effort to survive and to be better is something indicative to the living experience. Specific to humans, the phenomena is not synonymous with their nature,  as nature suggests too rigidly a mission of these entities. The human experience is in fact a system made up of individuals who derive their value from one another, and from non-human entities. While the dynamism of the living experience cannot be possessed by individual entities alone, it is physical and encompassing of the system of entities. The ideal of “nature” is an over simplification of the dynamic system of life.

Religious Holiday – Institutions vs Individuals

Below is an excerpt from a scenario I was emailed about a real-time situation at a secondary school in Michigan.

I included James on this email because I want his input on this matter. There are two co-workers. One of them is Jewish and she takes off every Jewish holiday no matter what. Then there is the other worker who takes off one afternoon a week for the month because work is stressing her out. The religious woman makes a comment to the other worker about the amount of time she’s taking off and the other worker says “it’s no different than you taking off time for your religion to rest”. The religious lady is like “they are SO TOTALLY different because my religion requires it.” Should people who are not religious be shunned for taking the same actions as those who are? Are these women comparing apples to oranges?

My opinion: people should not be shunned for their incentives to relax and these two women are arguing about the same phenomenon.

Tagent: This email was fascinating to me considering the latest Integrationalism book of “value” and how it is distributed to the institutions and individual…I think its important in how we regulate (with laws) a society… and this is a good low end example of how institution’s objectives to establish a presidence benefits them not only materially (monetarily, etc) but also socio-culturally.

Further:  All of the religio, politico, socio, economic, etc rhetoric of today in democratic societies is about individualistic virtues, yet it doesn’t pay in this time to be an individual without an institutional affiliation. There is no economic or socio-cultural equity in it.

As the education and post-industrialized society grow more secular, how will we transfer the equity and respect that religious institutions currently own?

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