Saturday, October 3, 2009

Blog #22 - Skepticism - The right approach to life?

Let's get this out of the way first.

26-20 OT MSU!!!


In class yesterday, we discussed more Hellenistic philosophy (a rehash of Greek ideas as philosopher Will Durant stated, really nothing new) especially the new branch of Skeptics led by Pyrrho and NeoPlatonism. The Greek noun, skepsis, means examination, inquiry or consideration. Apparently, the main thing that leads people down the road to skepticism is the wide range of disagreement on issues that are so fundamental to us: for instance, how much about the natural world can we really know or discover? The second question concerns the idea of making judgements whether in our day to day lives or on larger moral matters. 1

(Coach Dantonio says, "Wolverines, the road to Ann Arbor is THAT way.")

With skepticism, we have a very pessimistic (in this editor's opinion) outlook on life, but one I sort of agree with. I don't think that we'll ever know the total sum of knowledege or everythin there is to know about our natural world, mainly b/c it's so vast and constantly changing. But I also believe in the unconquerable mind / spirit of mankind to overcome the limits of its own ignorance and discover new things, cross new frontiers, and leap over boundaries that were thought never to be reached. If this seems contradictory, then so be it.

To quote Wikipedia on Pyrrho:

"The proper course of the sage, said Pyrrho, is to ask himself three
questions. Firstly we must ask what things are and how they are constituted.
Secondly, we ask how we are related to these things. Thirdly, we ask what
ought to be our attitude towards them. Pyrrho's answer was that things are
indistinguishable, unmeasurable, undecidable, and no more this than that, or
both this and that and neither this nor that. He concluded that human senses
neither transmit truths nor lie. Humanity cannot know the inner substance of
things, only how
things appear."

His approach to things sounds like modern nihilism (all values are baseless, believe in nothing, have no loyalties and see no purpose in life maybe other than to destroy). Friedrich Nietzche was the most popular proponent of this school of thought - “Nihilism is . . . not only the belief that everything deserves to perish; but one actually puts one’s shoulder to the plough; one destroys” (Will to Power). 2

Also on Friday, near the end of class, as we discussed what a soul is, we got into the concept of good and evil and making a judgement on right and wrong. Some of you voiced the concept (much like the Sophists in ancient Athens) that we can't make a judgement on individuals b/c even though they might have done wrong / evil, that person might have been thinking he/she was doing something good at the time. Immediately, we took the worst / best example of modern world of evil (Hitler and the Holocaust) and discussed the logic of not applying the concept of evil to what he and the Nazi party perpetrated on Europe during World War 2. We also used the concept of killing - is it ever justified? I defined a few cases in which I thought it was: self-defense, war (not innocents), and a couple of others I'm not remembering right now. Death penalty? In deciding whether or not to kill, I am exercising my judgement.

So, we have questions concerning our outlook on life.

1. Do we believe in the limits of the human mind, or the opaqueness of the universe? Or is there a different option?

2. Do you feel that it's important to use your judgement not only in just your day-to-day life, but in choosing your lifestyle (earth friendly?), or in deciding much larger matters like right and wrong or good and evil? Why?
-- if you answer no ->(At what level do you think your judgement should stop? Why?)

Due before class begins, Tuesday, October 6th. 200 words minimum.

Plus, you need to read The Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque chapters by the end of this coming week (October 5-9).

1. Ancient Greek Skepticism - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

2. Nihilism - The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy


  1. I feel that the human mind is not even approaching its limitations in what it can achieve (thoughts and concepts). I also believe that the human race would be much more advanced without human limitations. Examples of such are ethics and morals. Now, I’m not saying that these are not important to society, because in their absence there would possibly be horrors beyond our imagination, but also wonder. In fact, without our concept of ethics and morals, this alternate universe quite possibly would not even consider what they are doing as coldhearted or wrong. Now then, enough about the mind and onto a much grander scene: THE UNIVERSE. Regarding something so vast, I find it hard to imagine that everything is so cut-and-dry. Maybe it was at the beginning, taking a biblical look at things, but even then you had the good become the bad. White turning into black. Thinking that this would happen only once could, in my opinion, be spoken only from an ignorant person. Currently I believe that everything is a shade of gray (yes, even Hitler, darker, but still gray). And seeing that the universe is everything, I would say that it resembles a work of abstract art, always the same, but continually changing with each new look at it. Well, if you enjoy looking at abstract art and don’t think “it’s a piece of $h!t.”
    I know that I use my judgment in everyday life. For example: “How funny would people think this would be?” Well, I never claimed that I used it well. Another example is manners. I could easily not: move out of someone’s way, say “Bless you”, hold doors open for the people behind me and many others. The reason I do this however is so that I don’t come off as a totally obnoxious jerk. Ironic, right? Anyway, that is how I use my judgment on a day-to-day basis. Now, on a larger scale, I don’t use any judgment. I simply do what I must, be it for good or for evil. And that is all he wrote. Adam Sadler

  2. 1. I believe that there are no limits to the human mind but people put limits on their mind by refusing to think outside the box and ponder deeply about life and other matters. We as humans are always doing the impossible. Going into space, looking at molecules, having every computer linked together. We’re doing the impossible every day. I guarantee that 50 years ago nobody thought any of this was possible, but when people expand the limits to their mind, the impossible becomes possible.
    2. Everybody in the world uses different judgment in different situations. Whether we do this, or go there, it is all based on our judgment. I believe that judgment is part of our personality, and as we mature and are better educated our judgment becomes more consistent. From daily chores to decisions that will determine the rest of our lives, the judgment is extremely important. If we do not use judgment when we make decisions, most likely the outcome will not be beneficial to anyone. It is very important to weigh out the possible consequences and make the right decision, not only for you, but one that will benefit everyone. Sometimes the outcome is not always good for one or more people. This takes an extreme amount of judgment and you have to trust your instincts on what is right in your brain and heart, and once you have made the decision to stick with it. Everyone uses judgment and no matter how major or minor the situation is, it is very important.
    Jason S

  3. I think that it is very important to use your judgement not only in just your day-to-day life, but also in choosing your lifestyle. I think that you use your judgement for everything. For example you use your judgement when you are driving. You judge if it is safe to turn out into another street or to wait for the oncoming traffic to pass. Your judgement is what you use to make decisions. Every single one of these decisions that you make leads to how you are living your life. If you decide to pull out into the oncoming traffic and you end up getting hit. You are completely fine but the car is not. The decision you made to not pay your car insurance last month is also influencing your life now. Now you are in a lot of debt because you have a large ticket and have to pay for the damages. The stress of all the fines has really taken a toll on you and now you have become a heavy drinker. Your boss fires you because you are never show up to work anymore or if you do you are drunk and late. Now you are in a lot of trouble. If you would have used your judgement and realized that the oncoming traffic was moving too fast then the accident never would have happened. If you would have used your judgement then your entire lifestyle would be completely different. Your car would not be smashed and you would still be healthy with a job.

  4. I believe that judgment should and should not be exercised is very specific situations. For example, I don’t think judgment should be exercised when we are judging other people in terms of classifying them, or if their actions and/or attitudes are minimal, but if we allow our weak life conditions to be swayed by them greatly. For example, when someone is wearing a certain style of clothing, or has a certain attitude, we should not judge them negatively because we may not know their circumstances. Therefore it would be unfair to call harass someone directly or behind their back because that person may be suffering with his/her life at home/work/financially, and he/she may be a very unhappy person. I believe that our purpose in life is to be happy, and to help others become happy as well. So it would only hurt society in the end, us and others. As for good and evil, I think it’s safe to say of what we think/know as morally correct and incorrect. Although people may say that person thinks he/she is accomplishing good, it isn’t in the end. I’m saying this from the standpoint that we as human beings try to live value-creating lives, and try to form the best society for ourselves as well. Just because evil or good may be a perception, I believe that it doesn’t killing millions of innocents. I don’t believe in killing in general, I think that everyone has the potential for both good and evil; however, is it up for that individual person to decide that, not others. Not even in war or any situation it’s okay. What one person can accomplish can positively change the destiny of all mankind; shown by the efforts of Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi. So I believe that in judging good or evil, we must defeat the evil inside ourselves, and that we must stop any force that threatens lives. But we cannot succumb to that killer’s solution, because we must be the wise and compassionate ones if we truly want to take the next step in growing an idealistic, humanistic society. It will be extremely difficult of course, but any great endeavor is possible or impossible based on the conviction and determination of the people.

    John Cassetta
    2nd Hour

  5. I believe that there are no limits on the human mind. I believe that everybody can stretch their mind to their limits, and believe what they want to believe. If humans did not have limitations, I think that there is a possibility that our world could be smarter in many different ways. As one person said “you learn something new every day”. If there were limits on the human mind, we would not be able to inherit the information every day. Everyday a new fact comes out in science, or someone learns something new in a dance class. There are billions and billions of different information out in the world that not even the smartest people can find out. I think that the world is a mystery, and maybe one day we will find the true answer. The human mind does not have limits because of all of the opportunities in the universe.
    I think that it is very important to use your judgment on a day-to-day basis. Every day you ask yourself is this too big or small? Or what you think is wrong or right. You need your judgment for much more than just that. Whether you use it for good and evil or right or wrong, judgment can influence your life in many ways.

  6. 'One nation's hero is another's terrorist.
    There is no bad in this world, only different shades of good'
    The saying is one that I think is all based on judgement.
    We believe that we are fighting a war in Iraq, that we are the right side.
    Take one look at the hundreds of people that live on the vary streets we open fire on, and we are the deamons from hell come to destroy the home that they have built.
    There is no question in their eyes who is evil, because in their minds they have judged us only for our actions, nevermind that those very actions are only a reaction to what was done to us.
    That is how nature works though, cause and effect, action and reaction.
    Judgement is what serperates us from any other living creature on this planet, and that is only for the small fact that we do not act on instinct. It is within our nature to ask questions, to look past the moment to moment acts and into the reasons behind them.
    A wife kills her husband.
    Yet it was self defense, he attacked first, it was her life or his. Odds came out in her favor and she managed an upper hand long enough to survive.
    To survive is instinct.
    To punish her however, is all based on our judgement of her actions.
    Is she truly at fault if she was simply fighting for her own life? Is it a crime to want to live, and to do whatever was needed to at the time to make sure she could?
    The same judgement that we use to decide her fate would be used to decide where to stop for gas, what to wear that day.
    We use our judgement for everything, all the time, even in the back of our minds, we are constantly thinking of what happens when we choose one thing over another.
    Study for the test or get enough sleep to focus on the test?
    No matter how great or small the choice is, our judgement plays a role, simply for what we are, if for nothing more than the fact that we are designed to act that very way.
    What that judgement is however, depends entirely on the person, how they were raised, how they are naturaly, the envirment they found themselves in.
    All these things and so much more go into how a person perceives the things around them and the notions and course of action taken from those thoughts. It's never a matter of if judgement is important or not, because in every aspect of our life it is, nor is it a question of if we use our judgement, because no matter what choices we make, our judgement has played a role. The only question that would come to mind, is, by who's judgement do we determine those around us? Who should have such a prestine mind, that they could decide for everyone else what is their right and wrong?

  7. Clearly it is important to use your judgment everyday with every decision you make. I think that everyone makes judgments with out even realizing it. You size up what is in front of you and then from there you make a choice. In the past when I have done something and gotten into trouble, my parents would tell me that I made a “bad judgment”. But it wasn’t my judgment that was bad, my judgment told me the possible outcomes, but it was me that said screw it. To me, I didn’t make a bad judgment call at all, I just made a decision that ended up badly. We all make decisions based on our own set of morals and ethics. Each individual person has there own view of what they will do for their own survival. For instance, the worst case scenarios example of the group of people who were stranded on a mountain for weeks and had to turn to cannibalism. I am sure none of their morals would have lead them to eat their friends, but the need for survival took over. I think before the idea of good and evil, there was the need of survival. Killing animals to eat is alright, but killing animals for sport is wrong. Littering is wrong, but piling trash in a dump is better. I think that the choices you make in your day to day life, are what creates your life style. I chose to not eat meat, so then my life style becomes a vegetarian.
    -Chelsea Rosenbaum

  8. In my opinion I do think it is important to use your judgement not only in just my day to day life but in everyday life. In a way using your judgement you are deciding to do right and wrong things or good and evil things. In life you use judgement right when you wake up in the morning. Judgement is basically all about decision making. Say if you decide to wake up or not to go to school, or if you are going to eat breakfast in the morning. Judgement I feel, no matter what, is always used by everyone everyday. You have to make big judgement and small ones, and ones that are going to affect your life greatly or not at all. You decide weather you want to try hard in high school and work as hard as you can to get into a good college when the time comes, this is a decision you make all throughout high school. You decide between doing good things in your life and doing bad things, usually both. No one is perfect and people have their own ideas between what is good and evil, so they use their own judgement to make decisions based off of what they think. Judgement has to be used in everyday life because that’s how you make all of your decisions each day.

    Chelsea Kozlowski

  9. I do believe in the limits of human kind because that’s all life is going to be. Some people say that there is so much beyond what humans are capable of. But guess what? There’s no greater power out there that is going to make a huge advance in what humans study or how humans live. Even people who believe in “God” have to know that he left them hanging, they can pray all they want but he’s not going to expand the limits of human kind. We’re not going to wake up one day and all of the sudden be able to float around, which is another thing about limits, if we did start floating randomly that would completely defy the laws of physics. It would be complete chaos if human limits were expanded. Not only do I believe in the limits of human kind, I think humans like our limits. Think about it, humans floating? At first some people might think “Saaaweeet” but after awhile they’d be like “Why are we floating around, this isn’t normal.” Limits are normal, face it humans like normal. Normal human limits, that is. I’m completely just writing what’s coming into my head and I probably contradicted myself but in the end I believe in the limits of human kind.


  10. I feel that it is very important to use your judgment in everyday life, choosing a lifestyle, and good and evil. Its important because everyday you are placed in particular situations and you have particular feelings and only how you choose your actions in relation to those feelings will determine what kind of life you’ll have. Things as simple as partying instead of studying, cheating on your wife with a hot babe, or returning someone’s lost wallet when they drop it all defines you as a character and also defines and shapes your judgment. But in different situations such as religious ones, like what path will you choose with faith or will you choose a path at all? A lot of people just accept the religion their parents have w/o using judgment like how can you have a religion where you have 9 wives and have babies with all of them as long as you treat them “equally “? That would never be okay with me that’s just how my mental schema is. I could never accept that so I would be using my judgment - something I feel is wrong even if my family doesn’t think so. Its so important to use your judgment in religious situations like with pastors pressing the body of the church to give money, or people getting sucked into religious cults. In the beginning if you use your judgment you cant be put in these situations. (unless you have weak judgment) And with Good V.S. evil everyone’s judgment is different some things I do may seem evil to others when I didn’t even mean it that way some people said this about Hitler, but things him and his followers did were far from okay. In the beginning from how you are raised your mom gives you that basic common sense where you know what’s good or bad to do, as we grow older we lose that and eventually start using bad judgment and either we stop and learn from it or we loose our conscience and become evil people like Hitler.
    --shar rogers

  11. Everybody has certain morals and certain limits that correspond to the way they live their life. We should use our judgment and perceptions on good and evil when making life’s sometimes difficult choices. Mainly, if you have morals and you go against them, you are going directly against yourself. Take the statement “stay true to yourself” for example, it has a much deeper meaning than a common clique. By going against your judgment, or doing something you know in your heart is wrong, you aren’t staying true to yourself, and only hurting your standards. More often than not, the reason you would “go against yourself” would be that you’re trying to fit social code, falling to peer pressure. Obviously, that isn’t a healthy way to live, but where your judgment would come in handy.
    I suppose that you should use stop your judgment when it comes to others. You shouldn’t judge others actions because their motives, values and ways they were raised will affect their own judgment and choices. These ways you might or might not agree with. We can’t mentally put ourselves in the other person’s shoes fully enough to be able to understand the reasons behind their choices and actions. Every decision they make is based on everything prior that has happened to them in their life.


  12. I dont think using your judgement on the day to day basis about every little thing is needed. Just as I felt before your judgement can be totally wrong about a person and issue or just life in general. If we allow the mind to judge everything than it gives us limitations on our beliefs and opinions upon things since 9/10 we probably dont know the root or the history of the situation or enviroment in which the person or issue came from. I do believe though that you shouldnt spend your life oblivious to what is happening around you without making smart judgement about the situations you may be in. As far as regarding the large matters like what is right and wrong or good and evil. I think the that judging someone on their actions based on what you percieved to be evil is wrong, the mind is a interesting thingh you can tell convince yourself that something is morally right if you dwell on it for so long. I trust that overall human can tell the main things of acting right and being good it just takes the right enviroment to grow that perception and attitude. We must all take a look at ourselves to see if what we feel might be naturally right and good but it doesnt have to match up with others. This is why I feel you ant use your judgement on everything.
    Alanna Albritton 2nd

  13. I feel that using your judgment is a very personal, but very important factor in life. When choosing your lifestyle, most people are obviously using their judgment. A person’s judgment is used everyday, whether you are deciding to study or not or even deciding to make a turn while driving. Your judgment is the decision maker in your life. Most people don’t notice how much they actually do use their judgment. The only time I think ones judgment should not be used is when it is about other people. Judging other people before you know them is wrong and could cause you not to really get to know the person. In life, your decisions are based on what you think is wrong and right, where you come from and your morals. With having choices in life it sets people apart from one another. In everyday life, you are choosing whether to be good or evil, or do right or wrong. These are your choices everyday which affect your judgment that you make throughout your daily life. Your lifestyle is made up of all your daily decisions and how you choose to handle them, being good or evil, right or wrong.

  14. I think that the best way to handle skepticism is to accept the limits of the human mind. We knowledge is almost by definition limited and in constant conflict with other people’s perspectives. We must reconcile with the fact that our understanding will always be incomplete and factually askew. However, this is not to impede our search for truth. Understanding that truth can’t actual be obtained is the first step to getting closer to it. As Socrates had said, the wise man knows that he knows nothing. The truth of the matter is that we’re living in a subjective world where our minds are incapable of comprehending and containing the great truth of the universe. Whether this is because the mind is a small cup trying to contain the boulder of reality, or because the truth is like water slipping through the hands of our perceptions, is irrelevant. In some ways, it could easily be both. The truth is far too big for us to wrap our minds around and too slippery for us to keep in our grasps. Though the human brain is incredible in its capacity and ability, it is still ultimately the wrong tool for the job of ultimate comprehension of the universe. Yet it is that acceptance of being the man destined to push the boulder up a hill for the rest of his life that begins to imply any sort of meaning in our lives.
    -Alex Aginian

  15. Although mankind has no limit, the mystery of the universe will never be truly solved. There are just so many questions that will never be able to be answered; the unknown is unsettling for humankind. Because of this, our technology is always changing and advancing. Mankind comprises its ambition from the mystery of the universe. We are always striving for perfection or ways to better our lives. Humans can hypothesize and assume as many theories as they want, but the universe and life is just too blurred and indefinite, our answers are impractical in the spectrum of the universe and its creation. Here are some questions that mankind (and I) has pondered since the beginning of time until today: How did we exist before we were physically born in human form? Is there life after death? Is there anything and if so what is greater than God, or more evil than the devil? Who created God? What is our present day purpose of life if in thousands of years, we will be completely forgotten? How can the universe keep going on and on, and if it does stop, what comes next? I simply believe that as much as mankind progresses and grows that these questions will never be answered. (I think time machines are unpractical – although we understand the concept, we will never be able to perform it) There are no answers to intangible questions; the universe just holds too much obscurity. However, with respect to the potential that humankind holds…What do I know? Mankind will probably be around for thousands and thousands of years passed my lifetime and at the rate that mankind is learning and developing, maybe things will change and we will be able to answer all the intangible questions of the universe.
    Nawar Dimitry 2nd Hour

  16. Daniel Sherwood
    Yes, I do believe that it is important to use judgment in your day to day lives. Without judgment I don’t see how anyone would be able to make a sound/reasonable decision. Judgment is important for choosing your decision on all or any issue that exists; whether it’s your lifestyle or a major ideological belief. TO be honest I don’t really know what else you would use to make these decisions. Your judgment is really present in any kind of rational thought. In order to make a good decision you need to reason, weight the pros and cons, deliberate amongst the many present points, and think through possible outcomes. Even if you make a rash decision there is some sort of judgment that your brain uses to make that choice. Really the only way to make a decision without using your prior knowledge and or experience would be by making an illogical conclusion, which doesn’t even sound intelligent. Think if you decided to be a pragmatic or a cynic without using your judgment. You would be sentencing yourself to a life filled with ignorance, based on a decision that you made with no thought. That’s why it is so important to use your judgment when making a decision because if you want to live a healthy and intelligent life your judgment is a crucial part.

  17. It is important to use your judgment in your everyday lifestyle. It is the source that decides what guides you in life and how to live it. Your judgment is like your ego, battling the good or evil choices that you make. But it is in your perspective what is evil and good. I feel that judgment is wrong when you try to impose it on others. A heated debate that is a good example of imposing judgment on others is the death penalty. Sure it is for a good cause, punishing those who took life away, but who are we to decide who has the right to die? Sure the crime of murder is severe and horrific, but are we using an evil or wrong method to seek out a fair and righteous justice? My religion has a huge influence over my hatred on passing judgment over others. In the Bible a woman was caught in adultery and was sentenced to be stoned to death. Jesus said “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”
    In a summary, Jesus pointed out that everyone had sin and they had no right to condemn her to death. People who we believe are truly evil, maybe good in others eyes. Jesus, who was preaching the teachings of the lord was seen to be evil by the roman empire and the high priests of Jerusalem. And as evil as many believed Hitler was, including me, a handful of people believe that he was good and he set out for a good cause. Everyone judges others, and that’s just a everyday part of our lives. However, when we impose our judgments on others I believe that is when we cross the line.

    Collin Parson
    2nd hour

  18. It is extremely important to use your judgment all the time. I feel that its impossible not to. For example whether you realize it or not you are always weighing outcomes in your head to see if things are worth it. Though your original judgments may not work out to help you in the end, you still used them. So when it comes to choosing your lifestyle, you are using your judgment to figure out whether riding you bike to work in the rain is worth getting cold and wet for versus the idea of drying, staying dry but also polluting the planet. You use your judgment in this case to decide if personal comfort or “the greater good” is more important at this specific instant. In deciding larger matters like good and evil you also have to use your judgment. Contrary to what Mr. W believes, I feel that there are gray areas in such matters. In my opinion you have to weigh small evils against bigger ones, and use your judgment to figure out what to do. For example, if to save the lives of ten people, one other person must die, I would have to use my judgment that one death isn’t as bad as ten deaths, and therefore I could reason that the greater evil should be avoided.

  19. I do believe in the limits of the human mind only because everyone can expand their intelligence to a certain extent. We have moral limits that are acceptable and unacceptable and must have some type of realistic meaning to what we know and what we say to believe. In our society today, it is so advanced and we must set our personal limits to what we are capable of and what our culture lets us explore. Everyone has a different boundary that relates to the way they portray themselves and how they live their life, whether it’s taking the right or wrong way. I believe that we should use our judgment in our day-to-day life only in certain situations. I say this because each and every one of us expresses different opinions and a lot of the times, we either agree or disagree. In class on Friday, as Mr. Wickersham state, we started talking about good vs. evil, which led to the whole Hitler Era. Many people were getting frustrated about this because everyone has this idea set in their mind on what they think is good and bad. Hitler, for example, killed so many Jews because they didn’t have the ‘look’ that he wanted. From his mind set, he thought what he was doing was good, while others saw him as murderer. Even though others thought what Hitler didn’t was horrid, many of his followers, Nazis, thought differently. We base our decisions on how we perceive different situations, but how do we really know what truly is good and evil? There is always two sides to every story.

  20. I do feel it is important to use your judgment in your day tody life andyour lifestyle. Your judgement is a thinking process and it allows you to think the way you want to think. Judgement is used everyday in my personal lifestyle. I use judgement when I drive, learn, talk, listen etc. Good and evil can be dtermined by your judgement. Knowing right from wrong can also be deteined by judgement. Sometimes judgement can be mis used and lead you to something wrong. Without judgement you would not know what choices to make. Judeging causes good thinking habbits as well.Persoanlly i think judgment helps me make choices in my day to day life. judging can sometimes be hard because of uncertainty or clarity.
    Jasmine Cain 2nd hr

  21. I don’t think there are necessarily any limits on the human mind. We all have the ability to expand our knowledge farther than we ever expected and open our minds to new ideas. For example, 50 years ago, no one knew what a computer looked like. We have come so far in the areas of space, technology and medicine. Maybe in another 50 years we will have invented the cure for the common cold. In other words, it is sometimes possible to do the “impossible”. There will always be ways to improve our minds and our way of thinking.
    I also believe it is important to use our judgment in every decision we make. Without using proper judgment, we would make a lot more stupid decisions and constantly act on impulse. This would lead to chaos. Using judgment can help cut back on these mistakes and wrongful actions. Using judgment not only aids in large decisions such as deciding what is “good” or “evil”, but in the way in which we live our lives. For example, in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, one must use judgment in choosing whether or not they decide to take care of themselves. One must also use judgment when choosing their faith or lack thereof.
    Claire H.

  22. I agree with what you stated above. We have the power to unlock our minds. I have been thinking lately how, in the big picture I am of such little consequence. The things that really convict me, bother me, affect me, and the things I’m most passionate about are soo trivial compared anything bigger than my microscopic view. We have the power to expand that view. If we enlarge our vision with knowledge we can take up just a little more space in the big picture and maybe in 100 years, what I did will matter.

    I believe that our judgment should be used to dictate or guide OUR DECISIONS, not used to judge others. In our everyday lives, choosing our lifestyle, and deciding much larger matters we need to use our judgment but it shouldn’t go any further than that.

    - Again, I most likely wont be able to turn this in, but Powerschool said missing so I assumed that means I can make it up? If not, that’s coolio.


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