As I close my eyes and drift away to a land where there is love, health, peace, and blessings. I wanted to take the time to think and reflect.
The truth is that over the summer (2017) I promisedmyself that I would read at least two books that were not from course readings. This wasn't because I was not interested in course material, but it was to add and enhance to mind/brain stimulation. One of the books that I selected was The Buffer Zone Diet by Fred Cuellar. I was curious to know what Cuellar, otherwise known as The Diamond Guy would have to say about health and diet. After reading the beginning sections, I realized that this book is not only about dieting, but is also his story about the many intersects of maintaining a healthy body, that stemmed from his experience of a stroke. I could relate to this personal experience, and how the discoveries of health informed his interests.
While as researchers we have access to percentages, data sets, and points, we cannot de-value the human experience, and what stems from the experiences that humans encounter. Research does also provide access to a wealth of information and results from populations that are subject to analysis, sometimes results from a section might not be generalizable to an entire population. This is where we can return to an emphasis upon personal experience and stories. This is how I felt through my own experiences and reading research that I do, might, or somewhat disagree with. Disagreeing with information should not mean that one is a rebel, or a non-conformist, it is actually through the unsettling points that we are sparked to question.
What if? - This is why I began tweeting a question once in a while. Our routines that are seen at the physical level need disruption, and this is also necessary within our thought life. Sometimes healthy disruption is good. And I put an emphasis upon the word healthy. As human beings we have to be mindful that we don't do anything that we know will intentionally hurt us. An example of subtle disruption could be to walk a different path to get to the same location you go to everyday, or take a different car route to get to where you need to be. These are minor alterations, but they are also making the brain alert. Something as walking or taking a car with the same route becomes automatic, in other words we don't have to think too much because our brains become accustomed to the routes, sceneries, or directions. This simple and healthy disruption can be energy producing, and create a sense of new accomplishment.
In the same sense of experimenting with the self as did Fred Cuellar, and myself through this routine adjustment experiment, I also think about the question as points for healthy disruption.As we witnessed Pelosi's speech that lasted about 8 hours with regards to the DREAMers, DACA, and Immigration, I saw myself in her, with the her heals and the ability to talk about a topic that you are not only passionate about, but also as a plea for the creation of social good. I think that it is safe to say that I'm an educated woman. Education becomes a tool, a wealth just like any monetary accrual, because we possess information that can be like a weapon for war, and a weapon for peace. As I have written previously: with the accrual of anything, how the accruals shape how we think, act, or behave are also a part of intellectual and personal growth. Pelosi's voice for the DREAMers, DACA, and immigration was certainly needed! All that we have witnessed from this President is the emphasis on jobs, prosperity, and economic growth, and attacks upon the DREAMers, DACA, and Immigrants. Constant bashful rhetoric. Yes, these populations might or are being supported by the Government initiatives, but are also contributing to the economy, certain pockets of the population might not be rich, wealthy like him, his daughter, son or any of his family for that matter, but DREAMers, DACA recipients, and the Latino / Hispanic community are contributing members to the American economy, and integral to the historical heritages of America.
This is what the ultimate good of knowledge or wealth is all about. How will you use it to serve or help others? But I am also thinking at the level of an educator, and the idea of what future generations desire and want. If there is intermingling of the "races" ethnicities, genders, or religions, then we as people who possess a consciousness upon the higher realms have an obligation to maneuver social thought, or moulding so that these social constructions are reduced, or even eliminated. If there is an emphasis on the preservation of beliefs or religion, then we have a responsibility to preserve beliefs, through the practices of tradition, or religious acts. We also have to think about who is included or excluded so that religious freedoms are also upheld. Parallel to the preservations and maneuvering of social thought, we also have the responsibility to hear what the future, or younger generations perceive as important.
This is where the conversation comes back to the idea of the question, and healthy personal disruption. While we take the time to deliver knowledge, we must also ask questions about what is perceived through the knowledge transfer process. With the desire to hear the thoughts, also arrives a responsibility geared towards the younger audiences, or members who are learning, this is the part of listening. We can only poke, or prod a thought if we have taken the time to understand the knowledge that has been shared. This process of inquiry and listening from the students perspective, contributes to the idea of generations building, learning from each other, a joint responsibility to create a shared future, that includes all generations.