Session 12 - The Key: Concessions

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The key to developments in connecting to each other in our relationships is mutual concessions, but learning the principles of mutual guarantee should be gradual.


First we must learn human psychology: the psychology of individuals, then the psychology of two friends, the psychology of couples, parent-child relationships, our attitude toward neighbors, relatives, and so forth—meaning all those among which there is mutual criticism. From this we will gradually reach out into broader circles. This relationship building will even be in our work places, implementing how we are to be in mutual guarantee in every level of life, stretching to our relationships internationally, between nations and the rest of the entire world.


In other words, there should be a gradual activation of impression happening here, from close and accessible things that we can understand and feel, thus acquiring experience and sharpening our new sense of perception, toward broader circles, further away from us. Finally, we will learn which countries can unite with one another, including even parliaments and rulers. As we will imagine these systems in their new form and see how much we are included in them, we will then understand which changes must occur on the world.


Today it seems like the world leaders have become completely incompetent, unable to make any effective changes for the good in our world. It is so because they were never educated for integral, mutual guarantee, which is an education that teaches about integral systems and the concessions needed to work cooperatively together, for the best mutual benefit of everyone. Hence, they are out of step with nature's laws, and do not look at the world through the true lenses of mutual responsibility. They must first absorb on the inside the feelings, the excitement, the understanding that the method provides, as well as the methods for achieving the mutual connection between us, until they achieve the love that is found there, in the connection between us, and not operate as they do now, where agreements are made by selfish motivation.


Mutual concessions must be included in society's much needed integral educational process. Initially, we must aim to establish good relations, understanding that we cannot run away from one another,and retreat to one side of the planet. Our world is round now. When we sign any contract or agreement, it has to be clear from the start that we are not going to break it, and if we are in mutual guarantee, as we have learned in this course, our goals will be for everyone's good. It follows that on all levels, the problem is really only one of education.

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Topic

The key to learning mutual guarantee is the abiltiy to act toward relinquishment (concessions).

Main Points

  • We begin with a change in the closer circles and pass gradually to wider circles.
  • The rulers of the world lack an education in mutual guarantee.
  • The essential problems can be remedied by the implementation of integral education.

References

"Good education ought to make students well adapted to live in their environment. In the largest ense,"environment" means not only the family setting but also the political, economic and natural environments that surround young people as they grow up today. These environments have changed almost beyond recognition during the last few centuries; in fact, they have changed enormously during the last few decades, and consequently traditional education is in great need of revision."

Paper - Learning to Live in Harmony

The first steps to initiate beneficial social development begin by discussing the connection between us.

"People are the solution to the problems that confront us. Technology is not the solution, although it can help. We are the solution--we as generous, open-hearted people who want to use our creativity and caring on behalf of other human beings and all life. Relationships are all there is. Everything in the universe only exists because it is in relationship to everything else. Nothing exists in isolation. We have to stop pretending we are individuals who can go it alone."

 

Book - Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future

For our global civilization "to reach that new level of global ethics, we may need nothing less than a moral revolution in our thinking, a new moral norm, a global moral revolution, to fit the modern problems we are facing today and in the future."

Conference Lecture - "For a Better Global Civilization"

"Contributing to the success of a joint project for the benefit of one's group, even at a personal cost, evokes feelings of satisfaction and pride. Failing to do so is often a source of shame or guilt."

Book - A Cooperative Species: Human Reciprocity and Its Evolution

Engage Yourself

Question 1: How do you feel in relation to the psychological learning process as it is presented in the following section:

"First we must learn human psychology: the psychology of individuals, then the psychology of two friends, the psychology of couples, parent-child relationships, our attitude toward neighbors, relatives, and so forth—meaning all those among which there is mutual criticism. From this we will gradually reach out into broader circles. This relationship building will even be in our work places, implementing how we are to be in mutual guarantee in every level of life, stretching to our relationships internationally, between nations and the rest of the entire world."

If you selected other, please specify:

Question 2: According to the text of the lesson, what do the rulers of the world lack in order to manage it correctly?

Question 3: The following is a quotation from an essay called "The Crisis of Education" by Professor Boris Wolfson, historian, expert on the science of education, member of the Academy of Scientists:

"It is becoming increasingly evident that to overcome the crisis in human development, our primary task is not the transformation of social structures…, but something more challenging: profound changes in consciousness and behavior of the modern man that would ennoble his inner world and fill his aspirations with new content, social and aesthetic ideals, and notions of good and evil.

The challenge is to purposefully form a humanistic consciousness in the individual, group, society, and the whole of humanity. ...

Humanism is not rooted in the biological structure of man, it is not inherent in him from birth. Each individual must re-learn some basic human values. Therefore, it requires more effort from the teachers, significant changes in the system of education, as well as a re-evaluation of the fundamental provisions which seemed axiomatic a short time ago."

How do the words of Professor Wolfson strengthen the ideas in this learning session?

Question 4: Are you ready? Enjoy the following video clip that, in many ways, exemplifies the mutual guarantee. There are English subtitles in this click, so maybe you will want to view the clip twice. smiley [link to clip here, if needed.]

In your own words, describe how this video clip exemplifies the mutual guarantee and the material being presented in this learning session.

Question 5: What is the key for learning the new psychology?

Question 6: What are the stages of learning?