Gratitude involves the acknowledgement of what people have or receive and the conscious action of wanting to give back in some ways. When applied in an academic context, gratitude can help students to improve student/teacher and student/student relationships; it can help them to be more aware of their learning environment and increase understanding and focus on their studies. It can also improve mental health and wellbeing of both students and teachers.
From early tribal communities to modern civilizations, the evolution of humanity is structured by the relationship of our bodies/energy/spirit to the food we use and waste we produce.
Through Dialogue we grow and expand our world view, into our whole-ness or holi-ness. When we encounter another, “alien ego,” through dialogue we grow, expand and “pass over” to an even more complete world view and whole-ness, or holiness. Thus we become more complete and transformed. This transformation can then be shared with those who are “home” or community.
Summing up Christianity, and perhaps Judaism as well, is Love, expressed in the “Golden Rule.” This core teaching is deeply rooted in the Torah and Judaism. It gives an actionable purpose to human life, as well as meaning to the question of “what,” or “who,” is God.
Professor of Religion, Leonard Swidler, reflects on the life of colleague, fellow seeker of knowledge, and friend, Philosophy Professor Joe Margolis of Temple University, on the occasion of his passing. Professor Swidler puts into perspective the very nature of Professor Margolis’ work in philosophy, to ask the important questions, regardless of the never-ending nature of such questioning. This questioning and the answers which we develop as human beings, are the work of the University as an institution of higher knowledge.
Our old wisdom when we lived on a tiny plot of the vast Earth is no longer adequate to deal with the tsunami of experiences and deluge of knowledge that is flooding over us today! We are increasingly aware that our understanding of the world is not limited and static. We must realize that all of our “knowledge” is interpreted and that nobody knows everything about anything. Therefore, dialogue is the path to building a bridge toward peace and understanding of others.
“We have just embarked on a new year, but I wonder what the “new” is? After all, we still have the same president and the same problems repeated daily on the “news blues.” Our New Year’s resolutions still harbor the same gripes and opinions. We want to change, but we cannot seem to get beyond a cultural depression.” In this wonderful piece Sam Holt evaluates these questions and discusses what he believes we should do to overcome the New Years Blues.