Being For Others  .  blog © copyright 2020 Kent Busse

       Course Overview Excerpts

This is the brief summary Table of Contents for all the blog posts.
Other TOC pages give more or less detail for each article.

1 A polite correction [12 Jan 2019 / 15 Sep 2019]

Grocery product mislabeling handled amicably with merchant, not law enforcement
        Constructive outcome: self-monitoring
Resolution of differences; responsive merchants

2 The promised land:  Mexico [9 Mar 2019]

Promotion of permanent refugee settlements for the benefit of refugees and the host country Mexico
        Significant research required before implementation

3 Healthy happy lucky you [31 Oct 2019]

Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) leads to choosing happiness
        Aristotle purpose of life
        Attitude brings altitude, contagious happiness

4 Cacophony [7 Nov 2019]

Playground religious contests = combative ignorance
       Admonition: adults should seek positive exercises

5 Wishy-washy [14 Nov 2019]

Car turns right or left to stay on the road
        Flexibility, progress is neither unique nor linear

6 Let’s be (positively) real [21 Nov 2019]

Patience; long path to right goal (Paul inside every Saul)
        Redemption, selfishness disappears by atrophy

7 Single-party state? [29 Nov 2019]

Positive relationships among empathetic people
        Diversity, pluralism over polarization (as in two-party system)
        Shortcomings (narrowness) of one-party system
        Rebellion against party is less damaging than rebellion against state

8 Ranked Choice Voting (Instant Runoff) [3 Dec 2019]

Promoting civility and balancing, third parties without thrown away votes
        Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) uses highest viable choice if first choice loses
        (1) no wasted votes
        (2) no runoffs
        (3) more official than popular polls, very influential

9 Counting votes – RCV [6 Dec 2019]

Picnic location story; cheating tax collector story; sports brackets
        Sampling theory simplifies getting nuanced results
        Suggested counting formula

10 How to buy successfully [11 Dec 2019]

Argument against impulse buying; no buyer’s remorse
        Honorable informative advertising; buy for intended use

11 How to evade discouragement [23 Dec 2019]

Musings: human role on life’s stage; quality over quantity

12 Discover your happy [11 Feb 2020]

Short socializing examples threaded by the happy person
        Perceive the “happy world” — contagious.

13 You create your own world [14 Feb 2020]

Create better world thoughtfully in unity, not unanimity
        “Puff talk” myths debunked,

14 Noah complex [18 Feb 2020]

No need to be separatist to avoid fighting; understand and uplift

15 Peak motivation [21 Feb 2020]

Hard-wired for cooperation, social value stronger than self-interest
        Geriatric suicide (not needed), struggling father, single mom examples of others ahead of self
        Strength from will, not resistance – power of empathy

16 So, what is needed? [24 Feb 2020]

Needed for better future, not for overindulgence or bossing others
        Restorative justice = reconstruction and healing

17 Being for (and aware of) others [28 Feb 2020]

Restraint rather than greed, need for sharing production and consumption,

18 When better does not mean more [3 Mar 2020]

Measuring-increasing production model
        What to measure, realistic expectations, perceptions

19 Engulfed in beauty [5 Mar 2020]

Genuine healing environment, not gloss-over
        Useful statistics, beauty of the good

20 What is the big picture? [9 Mar 2020]

Beautiful world context: perspective, relationships, expectations
        All necessary to the big picture

21 The drumbeat of being needed [13 Mar 2020]

Need to be needed but not overbearing
        All within good measure, not for power

22 Rising above altruism [16 Mar 2020]

No separation “self” and “non-self” but self-control is good
        Not “altruism” but functional equality, not ranking

23 “9 to 5” ain’t all bad [19 Mar 2020]

Excitement of solopreneurship, traditional job dignity
        Industry, commerce, self-expression, gratitude
        Fantasy or self-limiting extremes

24 See through a wooden fence [24 Mar 2020]

Seeing through the surface to the meaning that lies below
        Reasoning

25 Redemption through education [27 Mar 2020]

Prison rehabilitation rather than suffering
        Behavior replacement, redemption, recovery environment

26 Educate everybody? [31 Mar 2020]

Meeting social needs, no jealousy, include everything uplifting
        Sufficient and fair means free education or equal wealth resources

27 Humans’ Needs = the F.I.S.H. [3 Apr 2020]

Hierarchy (urgency) of needs not money
        Meaning = being useful to all,  F.I.S.H.
        Fundamental Ingredients Sustaining Humans

28 Worshipful attention from your children? [7 Apr 2020]

Leadership to respect or to forgive, set aside non-useful
        Lau-Tzu “We have done this ourselves”

29 Are your toes stepped on? [10 Apr 2020] (figurative)

Risks in spontaneous helping—no avoidance of all misunderstandings
        Gracious givers and receivers

30 Picture this [14 Apr 2020]

Meeting needs, not greed, 70% tax, peace around sufficiency
        Open to innovation, that which is not yet
        Importance of understanding, science, will

31 Should you resist? [17 Apr 2020]

Resisting bad ideas wastes strength; be for good, not protest against bad
        Redirect, understand at the source, choose best approach

32 Where do you look? [21 Apr 2020]

Futility of negative sensationalism, let go of unhappiness
        Direct to productivity, appreciate progress (encouragement), PMA

33 We go where we look [24 Apr 2020]

Not on evil but on improvement; stopped smoking; analyze what happened
        Dispense with concepts sin and guilt

34 I will get them [28 Apr 2020]

We get what we want; we become what we think. Similar to mind-body duality.
        Awareness=passive; Doing=active; mental=internal; physical=external

35 Martians or Covid19? [1 May 2019]

External threat brings people together. Collapse of familiar enables fresh start.
        Opportunity to do better on rebuild

36 Silo worlds [5 May 2020]

New thoughts: separate job & housing so you keep both, one system for each
        New views of property and distribution of consumption & production

37 Lose job – keep house [8 May 2020]

Cooperation does not destroy individuality or incentive
        Creating and distributing can be balanced and maintained at macro level

38 The Ernstraudian Way [12 May 2020]

People enhance each other = jointly invent good outcomes instead of opposing
Begin where you are. Face the light. Proceed at your own pace. Bring someone with you.

39 I want this result, but … [15 May 2020]

Resolution of discomforts: examine, determine, weigh, refine; social mores that meet needs
        Don’t try to change your spouse

40 Expect better? Always? [19 May 2020]

Expectation advantage: thinking it better; realistic is more likely t succeed
        Expectation of self and of others

41 Think first! [22 May 2020]

Patience and logic about what to expect; unity better than compelled simplification
        Long path, strength spread out over time

42 Resolution really means … [23 May 2020]

More details of problem solving with patience: it is how we approach decisions
        Science does not dictate procedures; patient reasoning is necessary
        School version added specific concerns for study

43 Price of safety? [25 May 2020]

Lifespan is not infinitely flexible; occupy the stage and move on
        Cost-benefit analysis guides what to change and what to accept

44 Production for use [29 May 2020]

Ignorant pursuit of goals can devastate; positive attitudes have the most utility
        Thoughtful deliberation outperforms painful threats or force.

45 Sharing the pain [2 Jun 2020]

Alleviate pain by sharing it—keeping firm footing and using it to help.
        Only some burdens can be lifted. Grab the flag and run with it.

46 Difference is essential to meaning [5 Jun 2020]

Being identical prevents being individual. Value of uniqueness to the whole
        Thesis + antithesis resolves to synthesis.

47 Made-for-you (MFY) [9 Jun 2020]

“Business in a box” worked for someone else. You are different; now is different.
        Experience, including failures, leads to business skill.
School: Chick needs to break the shell; understanding why is more important than obeying.

48 Go after the king [12 Jun 2020]

Chess goal = checkmate, not capturing pieces; clarity and focus bring us to a goal.
        Hypothetical measurements don’t constitute success.
School: Research lab, particle physics, and marketing review goals and act on them.

49 The real perspective on wealth [16 Jun 2020]

Material wealth is a flawed goal; customers buy improvement; humans’ needs drive human effort.
        Private funds are better directed than public funds – no gridlock.
School: Grandstanding income disparity and platitudes do not help; society is a collaboration.

50 Dreaming failure [19 June 2020]

Mysterious dream allegory of life; awareness of others
        Sharing the light is part of the journey
School: Dream succeeded in delivering a message; matching objects to metaphors

51 Duality in dreams [24 Jun 2020]

Three major life theories: reincarnation, resurrection, Ernstraudian – states of awareness / elevation
        Others would have imparted their light to me if I were sensitive.
School: who is teaching whom; patronizing or appreciating others?

52 Definition of God [26 Jun 2020]

Godhood is a future state; pondering settings of limitless growth; applicable to atheism, too
        Not fallen state; positive view sees the future Buddha in everyone; no terminal / ultimate state
School: collective subconscious; man-made God or God-made man = viewpoints to ponder
        create own world and own heaven; individual progress through overlapping states

53 Let’s talk [30 Jun 2020]

The blog is for discussion, tool of growth—we enrich each other
        Writing and action clarify understanding; try expressing what you do next
School: no deadlines, avoid overwhelm; concentrate on the doing, happiness follows

54 Anti-Christ? [3 July 2020]

Bludgeoned by Bible as weapon allegory; divorce over crucifix; survival requires forbearance
        The “good book” has burdened Western Civilization. Make something good of religious beliefs.
School: Old Testament and Book of Mormon teach (1) depravity of fallen man (2) cleansing by slaughter (3) racism
        (1) Be reverent (respect all people); (2) be vigilant against negative mindset; (3) find positive replacement

55 Self stands in the way [7 Jul 2020]

Resolved battle with mother; do adults learn reconciliation?
        winning an argument or improving an outcome?
School: examples from politics, business, engineering for de-emphasizing self

56 If not self, who? [10 Jul 2020]

Private parties are more effective than government to meet Humans’ Needs universally
        Humanity requires that wealth be applied as necessary to maximize the common good.
School: Good management is necessary to complex production and distribution.
        It is required of private parties to volunteer their means to address the common needs.

57 We achieve what we want [14 Jul 2020] 

Lighten up; view some dogmas and simplistic examples
        demonstration, money, laws, autocracy, tax, disability, education, minimum wage, healthcare
School: applying the lesson to healthcare
        accept health as the goal; discussion about getting there

58 Why try to be happy? [17 Jul 2020]

Happiness journey, not destination; indirect, like peripheral vision;
        largely determined by expectations
School: links to more external references and nine previous blog articles
        likening to vigorous exercise: happiness is the desired byproduct of work

59 Let freedom ring [21 July 2020]

Ernstraudian way; uncomfortable differences; private more directly, effectively, and personally applied than government;
        grab the flag and run; desire to be needed, controlling element
School: Private or public contains support and control, private wealth, relationships
        who is controlling whom; price of liberty is eternal vigilance

60 Achieve anything together? [24 Jul 2020]

Principle of fairness; social contract; stability; exceptions; faulty majority or inconvenient minority
        election goes wrong? rights, sincerity
School: historical positions, puzzles to consider but not consider solved
        right not to be bound by decision? list of examples

61 You become what you eat [28 Jul 2020]

Independent of physical being; define eternal life
        what you eat becomes you; god made man—man made god
School: A Poem about Generation – homelessness, creation for utility, spiritual elements
        see opposite of home, creating life of food substances, learning prerequisites

62 Eternal Life [31 Jul 2020]

Identity is unique, before and after this visible world.
        key question of immortality – one magic word
School: Stories from immortals eating mortal food to atomic structure and vibrations
        best possible human experience you want to continue forever

63 Be sad yesterday [4 Aug 2020]

No happiness if no sadness (contrast); two kinds of sadness
        being sad we failed motivates not failing; tomorrow is better
School: There is a human note, an allowed present sadness.
        Our happiness shares in the sadness of others.

64 Please disagree [7 Aug 2020]

Five steps: energy goes down in the middle; cooperation descends
        Benefits go down as cooperation goes down
School: Examples that distinguish agreement from disagreement
        WHY disagree? strong metaphor

65 Is it a commandment? [11 Aug 2020]

Request v order; need commandments? Question God’s intent?
        Nicer term “best way”; would we disobey God’s suggestion?
School: slothful servant is commanded; discipline children, not handicap
        Internalize the why = voluntary commitment

66 Teach me! [14 Aug 20]

Safe to disagree here; students’ effect on teacher
        Handle difference with civility; 4 methods collect feedback

67 Teaching is not dispensing [18 Aug 20]

LIFT convention by Mirasee, I studied the teacher – teacher leads by doing
        It is about the students, not the teacher

68 Do we measure? [21 Aug 20]

Go together; reader participation gives direction to our group
        About progress, not money; this is not about popularity of topics

69 Shoes to fill [25 Aug 2020]

WFMT Studs Terkel; WBEZ Jerome McDonnell; thought leaders were giants
        We are necessary to carry on the tradition; sharing is not bragging

70 They don’t fit [28 Aug 2020]

Realistic: professor used real-world homework, not nicely fitted examples
        Science expands by investigating what does not fit;
Forbearance; yesterday’s absurdity might be tomorrow’s truth

71 Breaks my heart – competition [1 Sep 2020]

Blending self with others is collaboration toward mutually beneficial goals
        Good competition builds all parties; selfish competition hurts progress
        All humans = one unitary organism; disappearance of go-it-alone

72 More Mind Games [4 Sep 2020]

Eternal existence, not just physical resurrection; analysis to unseen (energy/matter)
        Key is sentience; do not limit to present imagination
        Stimulate new thinking, make room for tolerance (civil discourse)

73 Intelligence over Obstacles [8 Sep 2020]

Others ahead of self is collective advancement, aggregation from local to cosmic
        We spend energy retreating into introspection, reap new strength
        Sometimes we forgive, cannot retreat; even crows can benefit other individuals

74 Supply Pipe [11 Sep 2020]

View the world as the combination of production and consumption; view both globally
        F.I.S.H. & Millennium Development Goals; on macro level there is enough
        Direct resources to the fundamental needs -> quality of life; no throw-away people

75 Who will tie the bell? [15 Sep 2020]

Whose resources? Self as first contributor. Interbeing poem loosens self-other distinction
        Think “we” as the new social order; cooperation is winning; we use our resources
        Higher orders are attained when we do not put our own benefits first.

76 Do not protest; do! [18 Sep 2020]

We can produce enough for everyone to be well fed. That obligates us morally to do so.
        Self over others is inhumane – job shortage harmfully undercuts wages
        The law does not supply happiness – voluntary good deeds lead to happiness
        Sub-minimum-wage jobs disappear because we create better jobs.

77 Do not kill unbelievers [22 Sep 2020]

When unbelief is a good thing – boasting is veneer over doubt — neither true nor false
biblical content worthy of unbelief – tolerate unbelievers – welcome imagination
unbelievers  must tolerate those who do not believe them

78 Why are you not effective? [25 Sep 2020]

Starting a fight does not garner favors. You are effective when positive.
        Disagreeing by fighting is ineffective. Good political paths lead to an outcome.
        Losing the vote is occasion to accommodate and assist someone else’s path.
        Replace impasse by finding agreement; success comes from “we believe.”

79 How this is done [29 Sep 2020]

We get self out of the way and then apply everything we have to what everyone needs.
        “Losing” the election merely changes our route to positive results.
        Cooperation results from giving support, not from screaming “ignoramus.”

80 The power is in you [2 Oct 2020]

Outlook, PMA empower us to realize what could be.
        Fighting does not make the country beautiful. We make it look good.
        Imperfection–do we find fault, or do we improve the object of attention?

81 Demographics and history [6 Oct 2020]

Discussing slave masters, foreign conquerors, exploited labor turned voter, demographic mobility
        American colonization and immigration into America – human rights – Switzerland, Russia
        American neighborhood and bongo drums – micro level – object of patriotism

82 Human reallocation [9 Oct 2020]

Efficiency and engineering equip us to produce more and work less.
        Frugality and skills obsolescence also reduce the labor need.
        We adapt to change and redirect individual labor appropriately.

83 I’m only one, but [13 Oct 2020]

Realize = aware + achieve; one ant is small but not discardable
        If the project appears too big, rejoice that you are aware.
        Therefore it takes all of us (“ants”)
Avoid one universal overall clearing house; we all see different aspects
        Many roads to Dr. King’s mountaintop; our diversity covers the ground.

84 Is there evil? [16 Oct 2020]

Light and sound are perceptions: what you make of it
        Evil world is not a creation; it disappears when light goes on.
        Buddhism suffering = “not highest state of being”
        Omit long list of ills in the world; Dr. Schweitzer and ice cream cone

85 Is it material? [20 Oct 2020]

Materialism is not material to happiness. Satisfaction is reaching an expectation.
        Decide right goals; external circumstances. Mental states are material.
        Notre Dame, twin towers; personal relationships over physical objects
        Foundation: how we share our circumstances and efforts.

86 Nervous about being relaxed [23 Oct 2020]

To want the cure, you must have the problem. Vendors see to that!
        Health, Religion, Business – in EACH of these, we have
        Promise (the good), Problem (the bad) and Program (my resolution)
        Three stories this time, the paradox =  cure makes it worse

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