Posts Tagged ‘Perspective’

An experts idea or opinion is not nearly as powerful as scientific evidence; but absolutely never forget that without experiences, science probably would never have existed.

From the quote above, somebody may ask what it means or wonder about the relationship between an experts opinion and science. I will attempt to address this from my own perspective. If you have studied at university or college or have been exposed to the concept of scientific support, then you will know what I am talking about. Almost everybody knows that there are five levels of scientific evidential support; but I will only focus on level 1 versus level 5. Think of level 1 as a very well peer-reviewed and vastly supported article and level 5 as an opinion coming from a regular person with learned innate experience. Before you pick a side or settle for both, think about how they are related to each other because I believe it is essential we understand it. We live in a world of “support” in which science is praised and honoured. We tend to forget the amount of education we can attain from an enriched opinion that can be sought from a regular person on the street. This may be cliché but if you look in every direction you can see at least one potential person with the knowledge that can make enormous changes. This is due to the personal experience that each of us have gone through at any point in our lives. But in today’s society there is less and less “intuition” for what makes sense. Therefore, if somebody tells you their “experts” opinion that makes all the sense in the world, it may still require scientific support for people to even begin to acknowledge. Do not get me wrong though, I absolutely love science because it gives us a sense of what works and what does not work. Science is an educational gift not only from one mind, but a combination of all intelligent minds; and we can never disapprove it. However, if you really think about it science can only educate us about what we “already” know. The world is forever-changing and it is not due to science but actually the personal opinions which will increase and improve our holistic knowledge. Both personal experiences and science have a place in the world even if the latter is praised and honoured a lot more. We just have to always remember that our education from the perspective of science will always be limited but our personal experiences are not. For example, we have heard many cases and incidents about doctors telling patients that they will never be able to walk or run ever again after a drastic accident; but we all know that this isn’t true at all. This is a perfect example of the limitations of academic education even at one of the highest levels (Medical doctors). To put this example into perspective, THESE individuals are the people who you wish to seek when you have been given depressing answers and they have the potential to teach you strategies beyond the limits of science. Why? Because they have unique “details” and their “opinions” alone may weigh more than all of science. This is the definition of in-depth education.

Final note: We should of course be cautious when it comes to following through with ideas and opinions because not all of them are good and acceptable for you; but if it makes sense it does not hurt to try. Never underestimate its potential to changing your life.

~Open Our Minds

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There are so many acts of “care, kindness, and loving gestures” about people being a good person to elderly individuals, but one particular act I wish to shed light on. I don’t know if you will agree with me as of now but I will state it as something for you to think about before quickly jumping to these acts of kind gestures. However, I am ABSOLUTELY not telling anybody to “not” care for the elderly. I just have an opinionated idea.

We all know that when we are young we are able to move really well because our bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons are at its optimum; but as we age the majority of our body structures will inevitably decline. Now you probably know I am speaking from a physiological and anatomical perspective. This is the main topic of my statement. A perfect portrayal is when everybody shows kindness whether reluctantly or wholeheartedly offering seats on the bus to elderly individuals. Not only is this offering of kindness but the “designated” seats for elderly individuals prompts everybody to feel the need to offer it or get up and move.

This doesn’t mean that if elderly individuals have a medical problem or disability you decide not to offer your seat, of course these people are loving exceptions. Now people may argue that “if we don’t offer our seats we look like a really bad person.” This is of course true in society’s eyes. But I am simply looking at this interesting act of service from another perspective and hope that it can change a bit with education.

What I am trying to say is that people who offer seats to elderly individuals all the time may actually be indirectly contributing detrimental effects to their overall preservation of health. It has a very minute effect in the eyes of one particular individual, but over time you can imagine that it will add up. And if you think about it, a bus ride for elderly’s is probably one of the most beneficial balance related workouts they will have throughout an entire day; because if they stand then the movement of the bus will provide them rich sensory feedback to maintain the balance that is slowly eroding. Another example is that in Asian cultures we tend to be “so” good towards our seniors, especially loved ones, to the point of telling them to not do any kind of duties and just rest and “sit down.” Usually this is due to our PERSPECTIVE of them being of old age now and have “earned” their rest. But if you think about it, by giving them the opportunity to help out with even small tasks (increases dexterity) it can preserve the longevity of their physical and physiological function.

So many “seniors” end up in senior homes could be because of a lack of physical and physiological stimulation as they enter old age. Dementia is one of the leading reasons for senior homes and continuous activity and stimulation may slow down this process. So I strongly suggest that we need to find a balance between “being kind and overly kind/loving with our elderly.”

We should educate elderly individuals to continue to “move” as much as they can so they do not lose the sensory feedback that they “need” in order to function throughout the rest of their years! Of course we should also educate their families and immediate loved ones as well as they serve the needed platform and support.

We were born to move so we should keep moving for the rest of our lives.

We can retire from old age but we must keep moving while we still can.

Cliche quote: “If we don’t use it, we’ll lose it.”

~Open Our Minds

Short but important post this week:

Healthy and individually good and personal experiences are something people can usually choose, but the more immense education and knowledge comes from the bad and dire experiences. The latter happens when negative experiences chooses the individual so to speak. From a more ominous perspective, they are considered the lucky ones.

~Open Our Minds

Wow! It has already been six weeks. I have learned an immense amount of information from many different perspectives. Most of the information reached a consensus in regards to my own perspective and opinions but nonetheless the course was extremely stimulating and educational. I believe the best attribute we have all gained is a more open mind. Thus, this course positively enhanced our character? 🙂

Without further ado… three of the largest aspects or concepts or beliefs that has enhanced my character are… I cannot seem to point them out. I think my thoughts about ethics as a whole are still similar to when I began this course. Maybe my perspectives on certain topics have changed throughout the six weeks but it is not enough for me to say I have changed my perspective. Probably, the “most” (still not to much) change happen during the weeks about equality, torture, and euthanasia? What hit me the most about equality is that there is a large difference between how homosexuality and racism (as well as other prejudices/discriminations that are judged by the law). Homosexuality has more to do with a religious perspective and how it is wrong to be attracted to the same gender or let alone get married. To me, this is extremely absurd because if I was religious I would believe that God would want everybody to be happy no matter who or what they loved. “Weirdness” is a word “we” created and “applied” to certain situations such as this but if we never learned that word (or words related), then homosexuality may not even be a problem. Torture is a huge topic that I always opposed and strictly thought was wrong but after reading some posts I realize that torture itself cannot be extinct and may be used in dire situations. However, we must always remember that it is “NOT” okay; because “repetition and familiarity” may become the easy way out and we absolutely cannot let that happen. As for euthanasia, I learned more about the difficulty in passing it as law and the different perspectives not only from all the participants but also on a wider scale such as countries and cultures. I also realized even more how necessary and essential assisted suicide may be for certain extreme situations.

Since I have strong views about how I would “ideally” and “realistically” deal with personal and professional situations or dilemmas, I made up a philosophy called “redealism” haha. 🙂 We must always have dreams or ideals in the back of our minds as a constant driving force toward our goals but at the same time we have to be down to earth and realistic with our goals. In other words, whether dormant or active, our dreams will always be there and attempt to push us to be better at what we are doing.

Now I am going to speak more about my personality because I believe that it reflects what I have learned throughout the course and how it has  improved some of my perspectives. First off, We must consider “all” opinions no matter what they may be because all of them have equal value from a judgemental perspective. We obviously learn better if we  listen to something that opposes or is different from our own opinions because it is “new” and it will not just reinforce our thinking but it will create something new and maintain it, “if” we allow it. Second, we must analyze each situation carefully and sincerely before making accusations or even rumours about somebody or something. One of the most regretful things in life is to accuse someone or something and later find out you were wrong. This is another way of distancing or losing relationships we once “cherished.” It is ignorant to say you cherish a relationship but you do not know how to maintain it. Third, we should try to give the benefit of the doubt to people by controlling our judgement while maintaining our ground. In other words, we do not know what other people are going through so before we judge seriously we should give them some benefit until you learn more about them.

“Education never stops and do not let it interfere with our schooling” (paraphrased from Mark Twain).

Lastly, a persons accomplishments are limited by their character. In other words, no matter how many goals you achieve, it will only be as good as your character allows. I believe that no matter what career path we choose, in this case it is physiotherapy and rehabilitation, “having a creative mind along with a passionate career will lead to occupational innovation.” Thus, by doing a little more than just within the scope of the job, there is bound to be new concepts and ideas that work.

After reading a few posts during the Fourth week on the topic of Torture, there seems to be a consensus in regards to the unacceptability of torturous actions. However, during extreme situations in which time is of the essence such as the the bomb situation proposed by Wendy, torturous actions may be necessary to save the greater good.

All the questions proposed by Lisa are highly stimulating because it helps us realize that like any other “grey” topic, there may never even be a “somewhat” correct answer. Thus, balance is always the ideal key. I am not saying this because it is the “easy” way out, I am saying it because I sincerely believe this is the only way for the human race to begin to understand the magnitude of importance in relation to this topic as well as other “grey” topics. Perhaps we should shift from the common sayings “personally… or in my opinion…” to something more holistic like “Worldly… or from a human perspective.” This is of course just an idea and it will probably never happen because we are all free to exercise free will.

Lastly, I also agree with Chantelle’s post about the many innocent “prisoners” who were sentenced to prison for crimes they did not commit. These innocent individuals cannot simply be labelled as “unlucky” because that just an utter excuse. The people who wished torture upon them and contributed to their innocent suffering, should acknowledge that they were wrong and maybe apologize as well. This is the only to move on sincerely. Because most people hate being “wrong,” we must realize that to “acknowledge wrong” takes much more courage than ignoring it.

“When will our reflection show who we are inside?” – Mulan (changed slightly) haha. 🙂

 

“The power of one individual can change many lives, but only the world has the power to change itself.”

First question: Do we want equality?

Second question: Do we understand equality?

Last question: Do we choose to understand equality?

If these questions were asked upon somebody I believe the answers will be both “sure” and “vague.” This is especially problematic for religious individuals who have their beliefs guided by a higher power or uncontrollable factors. The first question, do we want quality? is probably the easiest to answer openly because it does not require the individual to jeopardize their own beliefs per say. If you ask anybody if they want equality, I am sure the majority will say “YES!” But when the second question is asked, the different beliefs start to come out. Since there are over 5 billion different perspectives about equality out there, it is inevitable that there will be conflictual beliefs. A few of the largest factors for such conflicts around equality is affected by our education, environment, and unique self-beliefs. Thus, people from different backgrounds will have a greater difference about equality than ones from the same background. This is not to say that people from the same background will agree all the time because we still have to take into account the “unique self-beliefs.” Now you can see why equality may be so easy to “want” but extremely difficult to understand.

The third question in my perspective is the leading problem at any level of conflict in general. But in this case it is about equality. As I mentioned in my second week post about morality, everything comes down to “choice.” We can want equality and we can even understand equality enough to live contently, but even if we accomplished those goals, our choices ultimately define the outcome. In other words, if somebody wants equality and understands it but chooses to display “ignorance,” it will be all for nothing. Thus, this individual will become worse than a person who is actually ignorant.

In the article about “Uganda and the Science on Homosexuality,” (at the very end) I think it is a prime example of political powers who understand equality and its importance, but still choose to ignore it. And whatever the reason is, it is wrong from a humanity perspective.

False Hope: Only in a world of Utopia and complete unification of everybody’s minds  will there be an “easy” solution to equality. However, we all know that in a world where everybody’s thoughts, beliefs, and values, are the same, our lives are already lost. Lost in the form of soul, freedom, and choice, thus, we will live on repeatedly and repetitively without having any reason why.

This brings us back to the notion of balance! As mentioned many times in other blog posts and my own, balance is the key in an imperfect world and in reality. We must balance our minds and ourselves first and foremost, before we attempt to challenge other minds.

“We are, each of us angels with only one wing; we can only fly by embracing one another.” – Luciano de Crescenzo

My take on this is that we each have our own sense of moral rights and wrongs and goods and bads, but if we embrace each perspective objectively then we may find an answer.