Anyone remember the song FEELINGS, Nothing more than feelings….?
That The Mayo Clinic provides this discussion area is worthy of its own award. In spite of my post here about being alone which seems to generate an understanding that is not and was not my intention. Without going into that subject again , here in this new post , I would like to make one comment here about my “alone…” post; in fact I addressed this in another post in that specific area earlier today : far too often, in my humble opinion, HB’s project their thoughts on a subject based on “FEELINGS” but the mechanism at work comes from HB’s living in and believing in the diametric reality that they learn early in life: if it’s not this , then it must be that. After serving in the Army I went back to college under the GI Bill and besides reading that sci-fi book Stranger in a Strange Land I realized that there were many ways of looking at things and seeing things without, as quickly as possible assigning a value: Good or Bad. In my professors office one day I asked her a question posed to solicit a Good or Bad answer She replied that she didn’t believe in a “ diametric “ world as the only world to exist in. I asked her “ what is diametric and what does your reply mean?” She replied: “ black/white, yes/no , right/wrong , etc, etc, etc…
In war if you think about it “ the enemy “ is wrong and we are right. This seemed to just be the way things are so how can a person not believe in choosing anything without assigning a value? That moment is a defining moment in my life and my education. The moment that Helped me look at thing differently than before… it became apparent that there were colors as well as B&W in our world… it’s easier now for me to GROK what that all means. I signed up for philosophy 101 for the next semester, a suggestion from Doc K after that defining moment in her office.
It’s interesting that when that ah ha moment occurred my peripheral vision expanded forward in time as well as backward in time. The Army absolutely effected and affected me in ways that took time and learning to see and comprehend. There were many more defining moments that happened. I was changing and liked the fact that I could change and see in new ways.
I was never a good student before the Army. I didn’t know why and for the most part I accepted that I wasn’t smart in book knowledge but I was one of those students who did what needed to be done to move on to the next grade. My ART was always with me and assigned grades didn’t mean that it was Good OR Bad, it was a value assigned and stuck on it like a mustache drawn on the Mona Lisa with a Sharpie Few “ art teachers “ taught me anything. I didn’t want to “ TRY HARDER “ which actually became an ad campaign associated with Avis rent-a-car second only to Hertz. It really was a brilliant ad campaign IMHO for a company that accepted that they would never be #1 in college we discussed, analyzed, took apart and reassembled the idea that #2 was just as good as #1 and in other ways to consider what was, what is, and what might be that wasn’t obvious. We did this in English class as well as in philosophy class. I recognized that thinking outside the box was something not taught nor discussed in the town I was growing up in.
I found my self…. I found myself for the first time SAYING OUT-LOUD: “ I REALLY LIKED SCHOOL! “ was new to me and words I didn’t feel guilty to say out loud or to my “ group “ nor did I think of other possibilities before the war called me away to serve…after becoming a soldier, living with other people from other worlds I started changing in ways that were NOT obvious in many cases until later years….becoming a soldier introduced me to things I never knew nor would I ever pursue had an obligation not taken me to other lands and other cultures.
I see old friends from the past now and think to myself: “ There but for the Grace of God go I “
I love my life now and I’m still in search of learning. Look at all of the teachers I have here! 👩🎓👨🚀👨🎨🙇♂️🍎🍳🎓⛑🎩 think I included enough possibilities lol