Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Ip'id: Valued

I have heard—When Ip’id was five years old, he found himself lost in the village market - separated from his mother.  She frantically searched for him in all directions; in this alley way and in that one, down this road and that—calling him as she ran.  
Finally, she went back to the spot of his disappearance, and asked all the vendors; some knew of Ip'id but they remembered seeing him with her.  Hearing this news, her heart pounded and mind flurried with anxiety as never before - he is her only child.

Close by in the tavern, the men and women were drunk and 'having a time', as laughter and filthy jokes spewed from the entrance.  She would never purposely enter a place like that, “But,” she thought, “the mob would love to make sport of him.” And she knew he’d at least be safe there, so off she ran.  As she bound through the door, the horde fell silent at 'her sort' venturing in - the red and glossy eyes stared upon her.  

Someone knew of her. “Ahh! Nahra! Come for a drink, have ya? There’s room enough on my knee fur ya. Ha! Ha! HAAA!” The horde laughed in unison.
“You’ll have my knee in your groin if ya don’t tell me where my Ip’id is.” Her tone was serious and sharp. “Have ya seen him?” He and others had not.  “I’ve lost ‘im at the market.” Her speech meshed tears and desperation.
“Mother,” the voice came from behind her, “were you thinking of that day, again?” Ip'id observed a familiar expression on her face.
“Yes, I was.” She agreed. “Even the day you were given to me, didn't teach me of value until that day.” 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Social Learning Theory

Albert Bandura theorized that modeling, imitation or observational learning was a powerful source of development in humans at an early age.
  1. We learn by observing parents, friends, TV, symbolic models as books, radio and film.
  2. We learn by intrinsic, and internal thought; reinforcements play a major role.
  3. Observational leaning does not necessarily lead to imitated or changed behavior.
  4. Basically, in this process, our behavior increases by external stimuli via social reinforcement and or punishment.
But we must question, is 'expansion' learning?  What is perceived as an increase? More knowledge?  Yet this is an accumulation and in doing so, there comes confusion, sorting things out.  More is not necessarily without conflict.  And how does the mind/we sort out confusion?...By simplifying reality via circumstance, thus, by assigning 'attributes' or labeling the immediate environment.  In this manner, we/mind can predict and secure ourselves.  Yet, something that is afraid, looks for security.

Thereby, if the mind is habitually cycled in securing itself, then expansion is mute.  Expansion is illusory.  We see if one is afraid to wonder outside, one is afraid, not expanding or simulating with the environment.  We expand when we realize that limitations secure and divide, therein, we must look and observe past 'learning' as a pinnacle of humanity.