Chapter 2 Emotional Literacy Language and Vocabulary
Chapter 3 Emotional Literacy Education Teaching Compassion
Chapter 4 Emotional Literacy Education Understanding Fear
Chapter 5 Emotional Literacy Education, Hate, Violence & September 11, 2001
Chapter 6 Abraham Maslow, Emotional Literacy and Ortho-Education
Chapter 7 A Theory of Human Motivation by Abraham Maslow
Chapter 8 Self-Knowledge Learning Needs vs. Maslow's Self-Actualization Skills
Chapter 9 National Standardized Test, FCAT Testing and State Tests
Chapter 10 The Cause of War and a Solution
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I want to speak to you today about issues that I have been working on for nearly a quarter of a century. The issues are self-knowledge and its sister Emotional Literacy Education. They are important, because they address mankind's most fundamental problems of violence, crime, abuse, addiction, prejudice, racism and dysfunctional families. They also address failures in the educational, economic and political systems to do the right thing. My biggest concern is the failure of government to promote the individual's right for the pursuit of happiness as outlined by President Thomas Jefferson in The Declaration of Independence. Why? because I believe the achievement of happiness by the individual will eradicate these problems.
Mankind's greatest problems come from its own uncontrolled emotions of selfishness, passiveness, jealousy, fear, apathy and hate. Nations like the Roman Empire decayed gradually from within. Internal strife, a conflicting moral compass, and a lack of choice in emotional responses to everyday relationships is the greatest problem.
Mankind is caught in the cycle of fear, apathy and hatred. These human instincts drive hierarchical political systems and bureaucracies that most often limit the basic human right of the pursuit of happiness. A society whose foundation is fear, apathy and hatred sets up a system which fundamentally affects the happiness of the individual. It represses individual development and maintains a cyclical behavioral pattern of superiority and inferiority and a class society founded on untrue ideals.
Outlined in the second paragraph of The Declaration of Independence of The United States of America, President Thomas Jefferson wrote, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness...."
The truth we all know is that all men and women should be treated equally under the law, and given the same opportunities whether we are rich, middle-class or poor. This, after all, is the dream for which all people hope for, and from which the strength of the nation is derived. It is the development of the individual and our human differences, that are so vital to the health, well-being and security of the nation.
Unfortunately, the laws do not protect us from prejudice and the institutionalization of the capitalistic system - which discriminates by way of class value. Institutionalized segregation based upon economics, not laws, has become the subversion of the pursuit of happiness. The United States has a system of education which is not equal. Funds are allocated in insidious ways, so that those in power channel money and resources to people who are more like them. These kinds of behaviors are moral issues and cannot be legislated. The laws exist to protect individual rights, but when people don't feel like helping, and channel resources for their own pleasures, and disregard the needs of others, an unequal system of government and capital distribution is created.
Poor whites, blacks, Hispanics and other minorities are trapped in inner-city schools. Society has left these schools to rot, while brand new schools in predominantly white affluent suburbs give students more resources. Government does provide an equal amount of funding per child, but the schools themselves are equipped in an unequal way. New schools have more computers and better classrooms and resources. The best teachers make their way through the hiring system to the better schools. Classroom adoption by corporations and parents provide additional funding that poor schools receive by lesser degree. Fund-raising by the PTO is more successful in the predominantly white suburbs, because those parents have more money to give. If government adequately funded schools, fund-raising and classroom adoption would not be an issue. Schools rely heavily on fund-raising to meet their most basic needs. Schools that lack community resources are left with their basic needs not being met.
Today we confront many of the same economic, political and moral issues that inspired President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to say during his famous First Inaugural Speech, "This is pre-eminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper.
"So first of all let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear. . .is fear itself. . .nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.
"In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.
"The measure of the restoration lies in the extent to which we apply social values more noble than mere monetary profit.
"The joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits. These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow-men."
Today, it is imperative that we address these same issues. Power must be given to individuals for the purpose of governing and coordinating groups for beneficial purposes. The problems begin when government officials and business leaders unconsciously contribute to the problem rather than address solutions. Change in government or institutionalizing new laws will not make a better America. There is a limit to what laws can do for a people. For the laws cannot protect us against those in power who must interpret and enforce them.
We know that the solution to prejudice and racism includes education and laws. To that end education is the only hope for America to fulfill its promise of equal opportunity for all. Crime is a moral failure of the society as well as the individual. Criminals are not born they are made. Addiction comes from a hunger for happiness, and it is not a crime but rather a health issue. Poverty is caused by a miss allocation of resources by people who feel deserving of the wealth of the nation, and disregard the health and well-being of others.
It is my strong belief that Emotional Literacy Education can resolve these issues. But what is Emotional Literacy Education? It is a refinement of a knowledge base that has been around for thousands of years. It has been the focus of religion, philosophy, science and psychology. It is self-knowledge which has been formulated into a language of emotions which can be taught.
The fundamental principle of Emotional Literacy Education is the need for the individual to understand him or herself and others. The current educational system is based on the recognition of the need for individuals to learn how to read, write and do arithmetic. These skills are taught for the economic benefit of the child. Happiness is an emotional state as well as an economic state. What is not taught to children is how to achieve happiness. Emotional Literacy Education is based upon an Emotional Literacy Vocabulary. It is a means by which language is used to introduce a student to his or her own emotional values. Emotional Literacy Vocabulary permeates nearly all literature. In what we write is how we feel, think, desire and behave. From this vocabulary a structured language is being created which relates to the content of our human selves. It is the lack of emotional choice which maintains the cycle of hatred, violence and fear. When we study ourselves, new choices in our feelings, thoughts and behaviors are made available to us.
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