INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT: VALUES
Due: Prior to Class Week 5
Instructions: Please read Friedman’s Chapter “Clarifying What’s Important to You” (in course packet). Then, answer the following questions. Note: Your submission should be 3 double-spaced pages in length (1 inch margins and font size 12).
1. The Friedman reading provides a list of core values on pages 46-48. Identify three to five values that are most important to you and explain how these values have influenced key decisions you have made in your life.
2. Describe an ethically challenging situation that you experienced in which you spoke up, and one in which you did not speak up. What did you do (or not do), and what was the result in each case? What factors
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Physical activity and movement, expanding the knowledge of optimal nutrition and bodily awareness, mental and psychological health and wellbeing, wisdom, pursuit of knowledge and continual learning all fall within the realm of personal development and self realization. I have always been keenly aware of how important it is to take care of the body and be vigilant of your relationship to it. One can bring up various philosophical dialectics concerning the ostensible and rather spurious mind vs body dualism but when it comes down to it there is no denying it – you are your body. Whether there is a hidden, intangibly metaphysical Superspace which consists of pure mind and intention or some kind of hyper-dimensional ecology of souls into which one dissolves post mortem, one cannot argue that the body is a vehicle with which one senses and interacts with this world. Make no mistake, I do not fall prey to reductionists scientific materialism trouncing all metaphysical or spiritual speculation under its empirical and rationalistic anvil. When I say body, I mean the structurally interwoven and spectacularly harmonious machine, and I use the word machine in a strictly metaphorical or poetic manner (again the pitfall of totalitarian and absolute scientific rationalism), comprised both of the psyche and the bodily meat tuxedo. Physical and psychical, corporeal and incorporeal all accounted for and all integrated into one. I realize I tangentalized quite a bit here