Monday, November 24, 2008

Thanksgiving Break

This week I will take off from blogging because of Thanksgiving and some other family holidays. However if you'd like to read what I briefly wrote last Thanksgiving, go here.
Also, as a re-print from last Thanksgiving, I'm pasting George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation below.
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Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their Joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanks-giving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the greatest degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executived and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and Us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

George Washington
City of New York
October 3, 1789

Friday, November 21, 2008

Dangers of Psychology, part 1

Psychology. Almost everyone has heard the term. Some associate it with people reclining on couches or identifying an ambiguous blob of ink. Some don’t have a clue what it is, and most importantly, some don’t recognize its dangers. Because my brother and I recently studied Psychology took the Psychology CLEP in October and Education Psychology November 5th, I thought I would post some of my thoughts about the dangers of psychology while it is fresh in my mind. As I began typing this, I realized that there was actually a lot to say, so I’ll break it up into two posts for you. :)

Psychology is usually defined as the study of mental processes and behavior. In other words, Psychologists desire to answer the age-old question: “Why do people do what they do?” The problem with their answers begins with their starting point. Depending on the type of psychology you observe, you may believe that men are simply animals, basically good, or that “good” is dependent on what the society deems appropriate. So I cannot suggest that all psychologists believe that man is basically good. However, they have similar conclusions—punishment is bad, rewarding is good. To keep from further confusing you, here are definitions of the basic psychological beliefs:

Structuralism— focused merely on the structure of the mind
Functionalism— focused on the function – environmental influences, experience is adaptive
Psychoanalysis— Sigmund Freud is the founder. Believed in unconscious mental processes and how childhood development affects your current problems. Developed the superego (conscience), ego (middle guy, trying to please both your conscience and the id), and id (bad guy).
Behaviorism— centralized how the environment changes you, uses classical conditioning to change your responses
Humanistic— self-centered, people are basically good, choice and individuality are important
Cognitive— placed importance on thinking processes, change your thinking to change your actions

Because psychologists do not believe the Bible, sin is absent, and everything you do “wrong” has to be explained as something else. Freud explained that things considered right were simply the expectations of the society, and not necessarily good. You should do what feels good to you (pleasure principle) and let your id (the bad guy) go and have fun. Murder may not be wrong therefore, and could be excused by stating that the person was abused as a child, or has a mental disorder. Yes, it may sound ridiculous, but this is what many psychologists believe, and it leads to numerous problems in society!

To be continued....

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Awesome New Movie!!!!

My brother and sister and I watched Come What May last night, and we absolutely loved it! It is a must see!!

RIGHT NOW, for a very short time (I believe today is the last day, but I'm not positive), Come What May is available for viewing on Godtube - the whole movie! So go here and watch it while it's still there! It's in 5 sections or so. You can also watch the trailer here.

This is a well done movie by homeschoolers and students at Patrick Henry college. The film group is Advent Film Group. There are a lot of great things in this movie. I still wouldn't recommend this for younger children, not because of language or violence or stuff like that, but because the court issue centers around the Roe vs. Wade case, is over the heads of youngsters and discusses abortion. Nothing is inappropriate in my opinion though!

If you watch it, please tell me what you think of it!!