16 April 2016

In the Name of Reality

Does your view of reality use all of your senses? This is the question I often ask myself when I am doing social and cultural research.

I find that many people perceive the world primarily through one sense whereas I try to use all of them!

How do you tell the difference between images and reality - and filter reality in a useful way?

12 March 2016

In the Name of Humanity

Sometimes, I find it difficult to comprehend that other people have minds and thoughts and histories and relationships.  This especially occurs when I find myself in a crowd or in the anonymous and sometimes alienating environment of a concrete city landscape. 

Crowding and alienation can affect the way I respond to the minds and identities of other people.  Yet there are additional difficulties I face when trying to imagine other people's minds. 

When people think and communicate in languages different from my own, I usually expect to experience misunderstandings.  My communication difficulties happen, even in English, when people have grown up with social expectations that are different from my own values and experiences.  

This confusion does not necessarily happen across generations but it does occur in relation to the level of education a person has reached, and their sense of purpose in life.

What are your views on these issues in relation to understanding humanity and human rights?

09 February 2016

In the Name of Justice

If you are a survivor of an abusive relationship, whether as a child or an adult, here are two links that may be of assistance to you:

Adults surviving child abuse

Surviving trauma - a guide for young (and not so young) adults

If you would like to know how to prevent other people from suffering abuse, perhaps these links will be useful:

Recognising child abuse

Signs of abuse and neglect

It is important to remember that many parents and guardians have never had any scientifically-valid training in how to bring up children. Few young people know the basics of developmental psychology, or even basic hygiene.

 Developmental psychology

Most people learn about adult roles from the settings in which they were children, for good or ill.  Without accurate knowledge of human experiences, how is it possible to act in the name of justice?