Without Resistance: Change is Inevitable

You continue to foresee a fruitful tomorrow using yesterday’s botched lens.
Never acknowledging your loss, continually pretending each defeat is really a victory, hence never learning from your mistakes.
Every intervention that you employ has had a placebo effect, success is merely a fabrication of your imagination.
After deep introspection, you should be getting “back up” and “dusting off” learning from yesterday’s defeat, but your perpetual counterfactual thinking deceptively suggests your failure was really a success.
You are devoted to a world of ostensible actualities, you have the determination but lack in wisdom.
Perseverance is a gift to those with a discerning spirit.
Success is not purely an incident of chance, success is a collection of experiences made up of many highs and lows.
The enduring happiness of most experiences does not emerge upon arrival to the destination, but rather the journey along the way.
Therefore, make changes and learn along the way.

J. Archer

See my Walls

As humans, we are likened to self-contained builders that are trapped by walls of our own making.
We create our phenomenological reality based on culturally safe representative heuristics.
We establish walls that have personal value metaphysically but bears no value on our outer self-reality.
Dividing our world into sections, a defense mechanism for trying to understand it.
Despite the translucent and transparent matter of the wall, we endeavor to conceal our human parallels.
In a world inequitably segregated due to natural differences such as race and gender, we further the divide by constructing walls of social status: education, class, and prosperity.

J. Archer

Stand Tall Against Timidness and Skepticism (STATS)

Some who are certain they [know] you, will argue that statistically, your current adversities and your optimistic declarations of a future success are mutually exclusive. To such a null hypothesis I say smile, with faith and works your alternative hypothesis is a predictable attainment.

J. Archer

Educating our Youth: Whose education?

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What is the role of society in educating? What is the role of education in society?
According to American psychologist John Broadus Watson;
“Give me a dozen healthy infants, well-formed, and my own specified world to bring them up in and I’ll guarantee to take any one at random and train him to become any type of specialist I might select – doctor, lawyer, artist, merchant-chief and, yes, even beggar-man and thief, regardless of his talents, penchants, tendencies, abilities, vocations and the race of his ancestors” (Watson, 1924, p. 104).
However,
According to English philosopher and physician John Locke, he wanted an education that in the very first place would teach children to work: to become useful and god-fearing people who would not be dependent on charity. Locke wanted this education to create a rationally thinking, morally dependable, socially capable person given to both adequate reflection and adequate action. Locke considered good morals and good manners more important than knowledge; and as far as knowledge was concerned, he stressed it should be selected not just because of some educational tradition, but rather for reasons of usability and practicality. Locke advocates for teaching that was more concrete than abstract, and that to some extent took into account the individual pupil’s temperament, interests, capabilities, and environment. He pointed out explicitly that no two children were the same, or that compelling children to learn when they didn’t want to might turn out to be ineffective. According to Locke, the student should learn his proper place in the social order: if possible without harsh punishments, but if necessary the hard way (Locke, 1693).
What is education?
Who is educated?
Who creates a value system that simultaneously differentiates, categorizes, elevates, and diminishes people inequitably… inevitably establishing the boundaries of human academic development?
They say the sky is the limit. Whose sky? Whose limit?

J. Archer

“The Bahamas: our home-our problem”

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It is now time for the advancement of a nationwide backed and government-sponsored Community-Based Participatory Research intervention into emotionally distraught and morally disengaged communities throughout the Bahamas. Community social ills in the Bahamas now require an ethnographic fieldwork approach; such an approach is necessary to resolve community problems by inquiring and facilitating each member’s diagnosis. Although regarded as a Christian nation, the Bahamas does not have a single, comprehensive, and coherent way of addressing ethical issues or dilemmas. Hence, we have seen an ad hoc approach to crime and other social problems. This must change. From afar, there seems to be disarray, we continue to be a society plagued with many lackadaisical followers and so few leaders. That is, many adults religiously point to their vicarious learning experiences as the scapegoat for all their questionable choices and poor judgment. In truth, as we scholars begin to contemplate on ways to change the moral fabric of our Bahamian community, this will not be possible unless we allow the affected peoples to tell their own stories and recommend their own solutions. We must begin and end with the peoples’ voice, we must only be guides and facilitators.

J. Archer

Guide Me the Right Way

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Organizational ethics leadership includes demonstrating ethical decision-making and enhancing the moral climate of the organization while promoting an ethical culture. Truthfully, this is not a simple task, not only is it difficult to guide others towards making a right decision, but it is equally difficult to lead others when your actions are constantly under their observation, and therefore subject to reasonable scrutiny. While all of us are subject to human frailties, many of us are reluctant to assume a role for which others are likely to adopt their cue for moral action.

J. Archer

“Dead Curious”

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“The unfortunate dead”… (Hans Jonas, 1974). Why is death or the sufferings preceding death regarded as unfortunate? In life, the value of death is silenced, we fear it and so we undervalue any importance it could/does have. Certainly, we do not entirely understand the state or value of death, its metaphysical relevance or spiritual evolution. Therefore, if death serves as both an abstract reality and a carnal human phenomenon, how are we to conclude that a state unbeknownst to us is unfortunate. To be sure, the fortunes of death are both secret and apparent to many.

J. Archer

“A moral paradox of human experimentation”

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It is astonishing how much of the ground-breaking developments in science and medicine prior to the era of protectionism in medical research, came at the cost of physical and mental abuse, marginalization, and exploitation of the most vulnerable people in the global society. “A moral paradox of human experimentation”.Throughout human history equity has always been repressed by utilitarianism, consequentialism, classism, capitalism, despotism, and Power. Today, we live within a social order wherein the progress of science and medicine, the political economy, and the market economy compels the underprivileged to sacrifice optimism to sustain the agendas of global capitalism.

J. Archer