by Anniel 2/15/16
Maunder, verb. Disconnected and idle thinking about unrelated subjects. My husband Bear and I often maunder through many thoughts in the morning before time to rise.
READING AND DYSLEXIA
Is reading being mistaught on an industrial scale to keep our children impoverished in mind and spirit? Is dyslexia a deliberately manufactured condition used to dumb down the children? Bruce Deitrick Price, educator, and sometimes contributer to ST, thinks so. See his article: Dyslexia Is a Myth
Read it and see what you think. Education needs to be salvaged.
What is an orator? What does it take to be a great one? Back in the days when people were entertained, educated and led by great speakers, the orators had to master certain necessary skills to fulfill their calling.
The Athenian Demosthenes, considered the greatest orator of all time, was said to have had a speech impediment, perhaps stuttering. He also grimaced, rolled his eyes and had other facial tics that made him laughable. After his first failures at public speaking, he reportedly went to the seashore and began shouting over the roaring of the waves for hours at a time. When he knew his speech and diction had improved, he put a pebble into his mouth and practiced again, then added another pebble, and practiced anew. He recited verses while he ran and his breath was short. He built an underground room in which to study and strengthen his voice and lungs. He recited poetry and made certain his gestures and facial expressions matched his voice and message perfectly.
He WORKED and did not speak in public again until he knew how to speak superbly and project his voice without straining it. He led Athenians through the power of his speech.
When the Macedonians conquered Athens, they exiled Demosthenes from his beloved home because he urged rebellion against them. He thought he had failed in his duty to rouse the Athenians in time to save themselves. He eventually committed suicide rather than be used as a political tool against his people.
IS OBAMA A “GREAT” ORATOR?
Why does everyone, even his enemies, insist on giving lip service to the idea that Obama is a “great” orator when obviously he is not? The head swiveling between teleprompters says he is not. His lies, tics and tells say he is not. I’m not even sure he reads all that well. But an orator, please, he’s not even a good speaker. His jerky cadence when the teleprompters are absent is simply embarrassing.
Every public appearance by Obama is scripted and carefully staged. People become props in his Kabuki Theater of the absurd. Remember the diabetic pregnant woman from San Diego he caught in his arms when she was shoved forward to faint on cue? Obama didn’t even turn his head to look at her, just stuck his arms back to catch. What about dressing people up as backdrops in the White House and the State of the Union speeches? Doctors in scrubs, Arab immigrants, etc. Good grief.
But his minions eat it up and beg for more. Why?
We need to weep today at the news of a great man’s death. A new judge will be nominated by a lesser man and voted for by even lesser men, like Paul Ryan, who have no convictions or courage. Scalia is such a loss to people who love the Constitution and our country as founded.
How do people learn truth and logic? Is it possible to learn truth or logical thinking if a person cannot read well, or after having heard only falsehoods their entire life?
Must people be taught to think logically? Is it important to do so at an early age so that logic becomes engrained in their character?
There are so many ways to teach a child, but adults sometimes forget how children learn. They first learn the names of large things. This is a tree, the whole thing is a tree. Then they learn that the tree has a trunk, branches, twigs, leaves; that leaves have different shapes, veins, and colors; that other trees have different shapes, that some have no leaves, but have needles and cones.
Children learn their bodies the same way: this is you, a person, not a dog or a cat. Then they learn the parts of their bodies: first arms, shoulders, elbows, hands, then fingers, nails. A natural progression of arms and legs. And we play “This Little Piggy”, “Patty Cake”, and “Let me steal your belly button” for a reason.
If you take children for a walk down a road, you teach them to face oncoming traffic and tell them why. You show them where and how to cross a street. How to ride a bicycle safely. You could say you teach them the logic of being safe in as many ways as possible. To prepare them for the future.
Different environments demand different logic. We, for instance, had to teach our children what to do if a moose came meandering down the road. Learning to live in parts of Chicago takes a different form of logic.
Somehow the rules of higher logic got shifted away from what is true and good, and we raise adults who are not able to process any higher thoughts in a logical manner. Students are taught throughout their school years to accept lies. Even when the teachings make no sense they are to accept them anyway. The logic required in mathematics is bastardized from the beginning. And the formal rules of logic are negated entirely in so-called higher education lest a mind break free and a person think for him or her self.
Can one learn logic after a certain age, or are people so lost they can never recover their heritage?
LAST MAUNDER – WHEN DID TRUTH BECOME HATE?
“Truth is hate to those who hate the Truth.” Anonymous
Only Truth can really heal, make a person whole and healthy again. As long as we fight truth we lose the battle with our greatest enemy – ourselves. An honest look into the mirror can be a stunning thing when we finally recognize what we are and decide to change our own weaknesses.
When did the search for truth become lost to the world? A hopeless cause with no cure? Even those stubborn things called FACTS become lost in the mists of time. And civilization dies faster and faster before our very eyes.
Is it too late to save ourselves and our country? I do not think so. I believe that the great Creator God still cares for our land and for those who follow His Words. Looking forward, educating ourselves and our families and practicing logic, gratitude and love are the last hope we have. The love will have to be tough enough, WE, you and I, will have to be tough enough, to cauterize our wounds, stem the infection, and make a difference.
Stay Happy and Be Tough.