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Monday, May 22, 2017
WHY DO POLITICIANS LIE? PT 1.
It is a Question that has been asked many Times, and by Members of every Society and Form of Government that Exists, or has Existed.
Elected Leaders of a Free Republic, Dictators for Life, Kings and Queens, Military Juntas etc., have been Lying to those whose Lives and Welfare Rest upon the Decisions They Make.
Yes, sometimes the Lies are Transparent and Easily Recognizable, and many times the Leader(s) could care less on Whether or not what They are saying is believed. After All, in many cases, there is little the Citizen or Resident could do about it anyway. Many Totalitarian Regimes, Past and Present, Placate the Population with Hollow Promises and Grandiose Speeches that are nothing more than Window Dressing for Foreign Critics. The Population has little opportunity to do much more then Grin and Bare it, and hope Things get better.
However, what Explanation can be Offered when those who are lying are Elected to Office, and Their Words are Recorded by a Media that has Few Restrictions on what can be Made Public and Known to the Entire World.
With That in Mind, The General Consensus among those in a Free Society, like the U.S., seems to be that Their Political Leaders Lie because They Don't want the People to Know the Truth. It is Believed that these Mistruths are Deliberate Attempts to Hide Immoral and/or Illegal Actions that Harm the Population and Undermine the Very Foundation of the Principles that are the Cornerstone of the Government They are Supposed to Protect.
But is this Always True? Could there be a more Reasonable Conclusion to explain such Behavior?
Yes, There are many examples of Politicians Lying to Cover- Up Illegal Activities that would Lead to Prosecution, or at least Censure and Possible Removal from Office. But these in no way Represent the Vast Majority of Cases where the Lie has no Connection with Criminal Activity or at least Behavior that can Result in Charges being brought.
To Examine this Topic More Clearly, we must first settle on a Few Definitions to separate the DIFFERENT LEVELS OF NON- TRUTHFUL COMMUNICATION THAT ARE USED IN LANGUAGE AND SPEECH.
1) LIE- THE SIMPLEST OF ALL. A LIE IS A DELIBERATE AND CONSCIOUS ACTION, WRITTEN OR SPOKEN, TO RELAY INFORMATION TO OTHERS THAT THE INDIVIDUALKNOWS IS NOT TRUE.
TO BE CONTINUED...
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Now we come to an area that is not often discussed when the definition of a "SOCIOPATH" leaves the World of Academia, and becomes a Practical Matter that Affects the Lives of those Suffering from the Malevolent Behavior of such an Individual.
Diagnosing somebody as Sociopathic isn't Easy. While the Psychiatric Profession may be Equipped to Render such a Judgment, it would not be easy unless the Potential Diagnosee agreed to Sessions that would allow Direct Contact, with Open and Unscripted Dialogue.
However, as we have seen, the Sociopath Doesn't believe they are in anyway a "HAZARD" or "DETRIMENT" to anyone else. If there is a problem, it is the Fault of others, who cannot Handle The Natural Intellectual Superiority that the SOCIOPATH feels sets them apart from "Lesser People." To put it simply, they use others because of the Weaknesses Perceived, and Tough Luck if they don't realize it. It's NOT THE SOCIOPATHS FAULT.
This is also Subject to the Willingness of the Individual under Scrutiny, to be Honest, and Forthcoming about Their Behavior, and how it affects those they come in contact with. Part of the Sociopathic Profile is the Ability to Convince others that they have Feelings, Emotions, and Reactions just like everyone else, when in fact, the SOCIOPATH has none of these.
So, in the end, it could be You, a Relative, or a Friend who is left with the Unenviable Task of Realizing someone close to you could be Sociopathic, and you must learn how to deal with it.
Unfortunately, you may end up confronting such an Individual, who has become an Important Part of your Life. Perhaps they Fulfill a certain need that has been Lacking, and that loss may seem an Unreasonable Price to pay, if you remove them from your Life altogether.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Thursday, May 18, 2017
(I AM A MEMBER.- DAVID.)
I am writing today to let you know that the APA board of officers has approved the following statement, which was proposed by the committee on public philosophy and the committee on the status and future of the profession:
The American Philosophical Association values philosophers' participation in the public arena. This includes work that engages with contemporary issues as well as work that brings traditional philosophies to non-traditional settings. Public philosophy may also bring the discipline into dialogue with other humanities, the arts, natural sciences, social sciences, and interested people outside of academia. Public philosophy is done in a variety of traditional and non-traditional media. Public philosophy can be especially valuable when it reaches populations that tend not to have access to philosophy and philosophers. Further, the APA notes that public philosophy raises the profile of the discipline, the scholar, and the home institution.
The APA encourages departments, colleges, and universities to recognize public philosophy as a growing site of scholarly involvement. To that end, the APA encourages institutions to develop standards for evaluating and practices for rewarding public philosophy in decisions regarding promotion, tenure, and salary, so that faculty members who are interested in this work may, if they choose, pursue it with appropriate recognition and without professional discouragement or penalty. Although peer-reviewed scholarly publications remain central to the profession, the APA applauds philosophers' contributions to public policy, to consultation with government, medical, business, and civil society institutions, and to public opinion in general. Public philosophy presented or published outside of standard academic venues has evident value as external service to the profession and/or community. But we also urge institutions to consider broadening their standards for evidence of excellence in research and teaching and to consider whether their faculty’s work in public philosophy is more properly counted as contributing to these latter categories of faculty evaluation.
We encourage you to use this statement as a tool in your own institution to advocate for policies and practices that recognize public philosophy and all scholars who do publicly engaged work.
All the best,
Amy E. FerrerExecutive Director
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Let us Turn to Example #2.
NEWS CONFERENCE, FOR A CANDIDATE RUNNING FOR
Reporter- "You are Hoping to Unseat an Incumbent, who has been
in office for over a Decade. What do you Offer as Favorable Alternative,
to the Current Officeholder."
Candidate- "Im glad you asked. I represent the future of Politics, Elected
Officials who will listen to the Will of the Voters. We Need a Change of
Direction, going back to the TRADITIONS THAT MADE THIS COUNTRY
After Listening to this, what do we now know about the Candidate, that
could help the Voter make an Informed Decision on Election Day?
Finally, Example #3.
You are Watching T.V., and while Turning the Channel, you come Across
Spokesperson- "Yes, I know its Hard to Believe, but Taking Just Two Pills,
Twice a Day, will result in an Almost Immediate Improvement in your Condition.
It is a Treatment Doctors and Big Pharma dont want you to Try, because They
dont make any Money off of it. The are Trying to Discredit Its Effectiveness, so
you will continue to take Their Prescriptions."
How much of what you have just Heard Sounds Truthful, and Why?
To be continued...
Monday, May 15, 2017
Happy Mother’s Day. Today, we celebrate motherhood. We honor all the mothers out there for their love, selflessness and strength.
This year, though, we need to do more than give mom a card and flowers.
We have to make sure women are not penalized by our health care system for being moms or wanting to start a family. The House GOP health care plan gives states the option of letting insurers charge more for pre-existing conditions, which could include pregnancy and other gender-specific conditions!
Join Tammy and take a stand for mothers and future mothers across the country.
Under the AHCA plans would no longer have to cover maternity care and prenatal care — potentially leaving families on the hook for thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs. Even without complications, a pregnant woman could be forced to pay $17,000 more in premiums.
It’s simple — the AHCA makes being a woman and a mother more difficult, expensive, and dangerous.
...stand up for moms...