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  1. #1 What is fairness? 
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    What is fairness?

    All’s fair in love and war.

    Is everything that is legal also fair?

    What is fairness? Why is fairness important?

    Who wants a fair-minded journalist?

    What is a fair-minded thinker?

    One of the things we learn when we study CT (Critical Thinking) is that we must be critical of our self. We must question and understand what we “believe” in order to begin the process of becoming a fair-minded thinker, the very heart of CT.

    Critical Thinking should be taught in high school, in my opinion. This is a very important learning experience that every high school graduate should have. Since it is not generally taught in high school everyone would be wise to learn it on their own initiative. It is not difficult and any normal person can easily learn this subject. This is not something one learns through social osmosis and it is a mistake to think that it just “comes naturally”. Learning this subject matter is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for developing good critical thinking skills.

    What means do we have to discover, to criticize, and to modify our biases, our prejudices, and our ideologies that guide our everyday performance in the world?

    I think that an analysis of our speaking is a guide to the manner in which our unconscious is structured. Our speaking—the words we use can indicate the nature of the ideas that we have. Speech is a guide to the structure of our ideology, which is the product of our past experiences and understanding, which in many cases is the result of many unconscious developments.

    We use such metaphorical expressions as: Tomorrow is a big day. I’m feeling up today. We’ve been close for years, but we’re beginning to drift apart. It is smooth sailing from here on in. It has been uphill all the way. Get off my back. We are moving ahead. He’s a dirty old man. That was a disgusting thing to do. I’m not myself today. He is afraid to reveal his inner self. You need to be kind to your self.

    All of us use metaphors constantly and we all recognize the meaning of these metaphors when others speak them. This leads me to the inference that our everyday speech is a means for insight into our understanding of what we really believe. Most of these metaphors can be a guide to what our unconscious has stored up in our brain regarding the nature of reality. These metaphors can guide us into an understanding of where we are and perhaps why we are there (notice all the metaphors I use in trying to convey my conceptions). Metaphors provide insight to the self.


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    What is correct thinking? I would say that correct thinking is that quality of thinking which will best help each of us to reach our goals.

    How do we establish our goals, i.e. our values? To establish proximate goals we must have an ultimate goal.

    I think that we must find a ‘value North Star’?

    It appears to me that we sapiens need a ‘value North Star’ upon which to fix our voyage. We need a reference point upon which we can focus our attention when trying to determine what of value we can and should do in life.

    Religion, or God, serves as the ‘value North Star’ for some people; for others it is nationalism; for others, that fix is to own as much good stuff as possible; to others it is power; for some it is family; and I guess there are many other such ultimate values.

    I have tried to examine my inner voices to determine just what my value North Star is and does it need to be changed. I have determined that, by some turn of events, perhaps completely willy-nilly, my value North Star is life on this planet. My guidance for fixing value is ultimately dependent upon its aiding or hindering life on this planet.

    I often speculate that human life is a hindrance to maximizing the ‘good life’, of all life, on this planet. I often speculate that if all life on this planet were given a vote in this matter that they would throw sapiens overboard.


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    So your pole star, core value is plant and animal life, preferably without people? That's just sick.
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    So your pole star, core value is plant and animal life, preferably without people? That's just sick
    a person would say that though.

    i doubt all the species that have had their habitats destroyed by us would agree.
    besides you should not condemn this belief as sick when it has the outcome of producing a complete purity.
    everything is mathematical.
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    Quote Originally Posted by organic god
    you should not condemn this belief as sick when it has the outcome of producing a complete purity.
    What????????
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    Yeah, get your intolerant attitude out of here, Harold; you angry man! Let them have their beliefs!
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    >>i doubt all the species that have had their habitats destroyed by us would agree. <<

    Well, that's just how things work in a natural world. Every new evolution destroys something else' habitat as a new predator introducing itself into their otherwise safe world.

    The world itself destroys the habitat of millions on a regular and consistent basis through climate change and geological transformation. You would be happy to know though.. that with the destruction of something, a new habitat is created for something else... Even when humans trash the forest and erect buildings.. we build not only for ourselves, but for the creatures who chose to adapt and reside along side us.

    Some draw a distinction between 'natural' and 'man-made'.. I do not, because man is just as natural here as the beaver, we just happen build really large complicated damms.. Still just as natural as any other creature-created structures such as termite mounds, seashells, or burros.
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