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Values: The Beating Heart of Behavior

Posted on 2012.06.28 at 00:00


pcofwildthings at 2012-06-28 15:07 (UTC) (Link)
Symmetry? You need to put the candlesticks equidistant from the center of the fireplace mantel? Part your hair directly down the middle? 'Splain, please.

What came to mind, as I read (okay, being honest--because I'd like to think it's a core value but maybe I'm self-deluded--skimmed) this is a TV program that I have been following called "Amish: Out of Order" on the NatGeo Channel. Kids (late teens, usually) leaving the Amish order and trying to create a new life for themselves in the "English" world while wrestling with everything they have been taught and believed since birth. It fascinates me.
ehowton at 2012-06-28 17:17 (UTC) (Link)
Symmetry? 'Splain, please.

I find an untold wealth of peace in understanding my own motivations and desires; being able to predict my emotional reactions to logic-based conclusions. I enjoy being able to traverse the calm middle-ground between two turbulent ideologies and one-up the Buddhists by finding the middle way in their middle way. I don't have to give up attachment to find peace, I just require re-framing it. Reciprocity and dialog are both based on the principle of symmetry* two things I greatly desire.

It fascinates me.
Rumspringa! Yes, as it would me I think. Its not that I love "challenging" my "worldview" but more following the thread backward from behavior all the way to worldview- connecting the dots if you will to then try to determine if what I believe is based on my own logic, or an emotional societal placeholder.
pcofwildthings at 2012-06-28 17:31 (UTC) (Link)
Okay, I get it.

It' not Rumspringa, in these kids' cases. They are out, as in permanently, and they are trying to find their way, learning and challenging their beliefs, values, and learning different ways in which to behave. At first, they do the typical things...get a job, a driver's license, car, place to stay, but the really interesting stuff happens when "life" happens and they don't have the system they knew formerly in place to make sense of it, their previous worldview doesn't apply anymore. They have to explore alternatives. Therein lies the appeal of the show, for me.
ehowton at 2012-06-28 20:10 (UTC) (Link)
Indeed. I would likely either be enamored with it, or frustrated by it :/
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