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– Unit 14 – The Open Window♣ Exploring values and the trail of trust.♣ Exploring ideals and the trail of thinking.
Known Not known to self to self Known to Open Blind others Unknown Not Hidden Land of known Serendipity to others♣ In the Open window can be ♣In the Blind window are thingsseen all the things you know other people know about you butabout yourself that others also of which you are unaware.know. ♣In the Unknown (Land of♣In the Hidden window are the Serendipity) window is yourthings you know about yourself motivation and potential future ofbut choose not to reveal to which neither you or others areothers. aware. It waits, dormant, until something causes it to be revealed.
Known to self Known ♣ for example – Open Blind to others ♣Physical appearance Unknown ♣ Behaviour Hidden Land of Serendipity ♣ Everyday rituals ♣ Personal qualities♣ In the Open window can be seen all the things you know about yourself that others also know. ♣ How would someone portray you? Values express themselves in our Willing. ♣ Values – Ideals? They appear to drive ♣ Who do I trust – is this in the everything we do – Open Window?and in our actions they appear in the Open Window.
But values are slippery creatures...Are they truly consistent in every situation? Organi- Environ- sation mental Economic Values Values Values Group Values Personal Values? National Family Values Scientific Values Values Can they be „codified‟? Can we trust them?
Play - ♣The Yes But No But Values GameObject of the Game: To identify values.
Our values may be seen through our Open Window but their essence remains hidden in our secret life.I smile when I‟m angry,I cheat and I lie.I do what I have to do to get by.But I know what is wrongand I know what is right.And I‟d die for the truth in my secret life.Leonard Cohen (2002)
The Trail of Trust We have Storyline Increasingly absolute trust – memory self-assured but in the pictures emerges. By our sense of self- of the world 9 yrs old – trust developing around us & no “where do I „within the distinction We want to find fit in?” home‟. between me & our own way - that world. question ideas we had previously trusted. ... We may ask again, “In what We trust in those values or in whom do I we‟ve developed to date trust?” The & get on with making direction we take sense of the world. But for an answer can stuff happens... set the course of our future.
The Trail of Thinking Before the trail begins... A picture & symbolic thought life living in and directly drawn from the spiritual reality of the world. („Trust‟ not a „value‟ but a living ideal.) We begin to think for ourselves – but a thought is still experienced as drawn from the world. Thought expressed in words reflect our feeling for that connection. „Disconnection‟ increases through to Plato & Aristotle. Growing self-dependence. With awakening self-consciousness, thought is experienced as arising from within – but infused with religious conviction. Trust in the Church – when the “Pultes Scotorum!” 9thc Scot, Eriugena, said he trusted his (Scots Porridge) own reason he was condemned with ... Thinking between 9th & 14th c. continues theologically based – but self-possessed. What links my thought to existence? Reason was being asserted – in the west & through the influence of Aristotle, in the east. Look outside – trust inner thought.
The Trail of Thinking /- Out of the Renaissance there trumpets forth – “Cogito ergo sum” – I think therefore I am. But what did he mean by „I‟ – me or “I”? On the one hand we derive knowledge from (Aristotelian) observation & experiment. On the other, we derive knowledge from an „outside‟ (Platonist) world of ideas. We‟re left with Descartes dilemma: Is all knowledge to be found in the mind or in matter or in some combination or unification of the two? In what or who can we trust as a guarantor that we‟re not fooling ourselves?
The moral of these two trails?“We don‟t always trust what we think we value.”Thinking has become estranged, diedaway, from the living participativethinking of our ancient past.We may have a Feeling for what wevalue but our feeling life is relativelydreamy, semiconscious.Our Willing remains deeplyunconscious but, prompted by our willingThinking and Feeling, it expresses feelingitself in our actions – what we do. thinkingThe capacity and capability to re-connect with the flow of ourenduring “I”, in wakeful consciousness – strengthen and trust intuitive living thinking, woven through with feeling, and reconnect to a world infused with spiritual vitality.
Once we drank the wine of our ideals. Today we’re left with the sediment – clothe ideals with “values”.“Each of us experienced from one anotherthat we had taken on the same mission in life: to strive for the rise of true culture enlivened and formed by humane ideals, and to stimulate people to become truly thoughtful human beings.” Albert Schweizer on Rudolf Steiner