How to Teach Ethics Education

The quality of life depends on the quality of who you are. What you actually become. It all boils down to how morally good and ethical a person is. So the question is how do we make every one become a good moral person? Since ancient times we recognize the importance of teaching moral values. We teach it the same way we teach math and science by providing the knowledge of good and bad. One very important factor that the world of education has still not completely woken up to, in spite of all these thousands of years of research, is that as there are two kinds of intelligences – regular and emotional – both require a different set of rules for education. Emotional intelligence education alters the actual physical infrastructure of the brain. Emotional intelligence education starts from the womb. And continues through hugs and kisses and a nurturing childhood environment. By the time the child is 6 years old the moral character traits are well set for the rest of the person’s life.

So to really insure moral education we must learn how to educate the individual at the fetus and the child stage. Thus we must put together templates and manuals for future parents, current pregnant ones and those with little kids.

Please consider the following:

There was a king who was very troubled because his people were very poor. He did not know what to do. He heard of this kingdom where people were very prosperous and lived in mansions and even marble palaces. So he went to the king of this place and asked him how they were able to live like this. The king told him that it was very simple he just passed a building code which everyone in his kingdom had to follow. So our king came back and passed a law that everyone must build a marble palace!

Now in his kingdom most could afford a straw hut, others could afford a log cabin. Still others could afford a cement mansion and a few could afford a marble palace. So the kings law went into effect and nothing changed. Just a few marble palaces came up. Except for the select few the rest were incapable of building marble palaces.

It is the same when it comes to morality. We have moral laws and we expect everyone to follow them. We spend billions of dollars on crime prevention and containment yet nothing changes.

The only way to change and reduce crime is by changing the physical quality of the brain that generates the moral compass of the individual. Thus ethics education means not just telling people what is good and what is bad. It is about creating the right moral infrastructure generating brain.

The brain has four basic levels as follows:

1) Premature brain – (I have quantified it as -2) Those stuck on this level have the moral values of a snake. In their mind they are everything and everyone else is nothing. They are above the law and everyone else is below the law. No amount of moral education is going to change them. Punishment is the only deterrence and even this they often ignore. Their physically brain is too far morally gone.

2) Immature brain – (I have quantified it as -1). Those stuck on this level are corrupt. In their mind they deserve the best, by hook or by crook. Current ethics education will not change them much as their moral values are generated by an entrenched selfishness producing brain infrastructure. We have to wake up to the fact that we will have to change this brain infrastructure.

3) Mature brain – (I have quantified it as +1). Those stuck at this level are driven by a trophy self image as in ‘I am the best’. This is the group that is the easiest to change. But not by the current way of moral education which practically amounts to pleading with people to do good. The trophy self image will have to be gotten rid of and replaced with a selfless self.

4) Super mature brain – (I have quantified it as +2). The brain at this developed level already generates a selfless self so moral education is not required for this group.

Just like a man with the resources of building a log cabin cannot become a marble palace owner; a man with a -2, -1. or even +1 brain can ever become morally +2. No amount of current ethics education can make a -2 brain generate a +2 brain power. The only way real moral values can take root is by making the brain +2. And this requires brain therapy more than anything else. It requires brain changing education. The sooner we wake up to this the faster we will create a morally healthy society. Current moral education amounts to like our local pastor telling us to live virtuous lives. We hear it and applaud it and then go back to our old ways.

Notice how without exception all books on self help talk of ’7/9 steps. There is just one goal/step as far as self help is concerned – become wise. Thus ethics education is more like self transformation education. It is more precisely about making ones self +2! It is more in line with self help education. Then again not like the current self help education. My main field of work is wisdom. And as philosophy is considered the love of wisdom which means one of the main goals of philosophy is to try to find out what is wisdom. Most experts on wisdom are still stuck where they define wisdom by its attributes and are still struggling to define wisdom.

As the wisdom potential is there in every brain just like blood and as absence of wisdom means presence of ignorance (where actually there is a mixture of the two) so every life is affected by lack of wisdom, from individual to group to country, so the stakes are very high. In fact much of the present mess in the world today from the economic crisis to the problems of war can all be traced to lack of wisdom. So if I can wake up main stream education/science to the correct path to ethics education, I think my work will be done.

Philosophy, religion and science in my view are much more connected then we realize! I have found that at the highest stage of the mind/brain development the quality of the character traits (as defined by religion, philosoph

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Fiction Books – Adding a Dash of Enthusiasm in Readers

“Fiction is like a spider’s web, attached ever so slightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible” -Virginia Woolf.

Fiction is a form of writing which deals in part or in whole with contra-factual events. Fiction is not only gripping but the most fascinating form of leisure read. The works of many literary giants have contributed to this genre of writing and often, the manifestation of fiction writing is better known as novels and within this illustrious genre there are numerous categories.

History of fiction:
The lineage of fiction dates back to the historical development of writings in the prose and poetry forms, which mainly focused on entertainment, enlightenment and sometimes instructions. Besides literature, which promptly conveys the data on history, there was one form of writing which needed to be tuned so as to convey the underlying messages. This form of literature that stemmed from folklore and ancient fables is today termed as fiction. Fiction is anything that is thinkable by a creative mind, without necessarily being true or reliable.

The exciting world of fiction:
The very essence of fiction is the nucleus of its appeal. Nothing is real but the imaginary is such that the reader would want to believe every word of it. There are many facets to fiction that make it special and one of them is that it makes gossip tolerable and dark or grey shaded characters acceptable.

Fiction is more versatile than it appears and it may be embellished and dressed up for drama, theatre and other stage activities. Literary giants have often quoted that subjects like philosophy, anthology and science can become boring over a period of time while fiction remains ever green and ever intriguing. It has the power to override the gracious society to speak from the heart, open, frank and in all the instinctive human shades.

Fiction invites imagination and insight as readers that opt for fiction do so, with an open mindset to accept that which is most unreal. Although this is an accepted perception, the fact that fiction cannot be ignored as a fabrication of words or unreal work of literature becomes pertinent. Writers like Khalid Hosseini and others have brought to the forefront, stories of a land that is less known and seen. The modest dwelling of the east may be compared to the outrageously bold life of westerners and one such example is best seen in books by Jackie Collins. The events that unfold in these books are quite unthinkable for easterners and this adds to the appeal of the book. Similarly, there are books that speak about the culture, tradition and lives of people spread across the world in fantastic story forms.

The attributes of fiction writing cannot be cut short thus, as it is multifaceted with the ability to entertain without expectation. This form of writing is believed to give grace and space from a mundane day. Don’t we all enjoy just sitting back and relaxing without having to move around doing mundane tasks and enjoying all the same? Books on fiction aim to provide such a luxury and it has been aptly said that the many faces of fiction books can never be summed in one article; such is the creativity, diversity and panache created by fiction writers. Fiction writers are amongst the elite lot that have articulately spun stories and woven them into words that have enthused readers since ages. The best way to acknowledge their contribution is by lapping up all that this particular genre of literature has to offer.

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