Tag Archives: cherished notions

Fundamentalism

Quick Look I’ve read that Vince Lombardi began each season by teaching his players how to block, how to run, and how to fall. That’s the good side of “fundamentalism.” However . . . . A Tale She came to … Continue reading

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Echo on Maps

The map is not the territory. Alfred Korzybski

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Maps (Stories)

Quick Look It is so hard to see that a cherished concept is an inaccurate depiction of reality. It has such power! It’s so convincing! It’s gotta be true! All my friends agree that it’s accurate! [All racism stems from … Continue reading

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Religion as Competition

Quick Look One of my careers was pastoring a church: I was a professional religionist. Sometimes my mind still tries to build a safe enclosure to protect something. It’s really wacky to try to secure an intellectual fort. A Tale Andrew competes. Seriously. His … Continue reading

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Practice De-fadding

Examine a Popular Concern that’s gotten under your skin, and notice if it seems – shall we say – borrowed. Does it have the feeling of new urgency? Or perhaps, “Everybody’s talkin’ about . . .!” See if, by stepping … Continue reading

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Practice Un-fundamentalizing

This week, go snooping in your subconscious for that stern self-righteous lawgiver who’s convinced his (your) way is the only way. Ugly? Probably, but walk right past the big blowhard, and open the window, and let the breeze of Other … Continue reading

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Echo: What Religion is Really About

by Jay Michaelson, The Jewish Daily Forward, April 30, 2010 “All of a sudden, there was hope in my heart I’d see my father again.” Thus wrote one of America’s most influential religious leaders of the moment when he became … Continue reading

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Practice Re-Mapping

The next time one of your most cherished notions is challenged (they’re easy to spot: they’re squawking behind every door labeled “Upset”), try this experiment. Consider whether the notion might be fallible. Take a closer look at reality (on the … Continue reading

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