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honi soit motto 

the capybara clan


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The "mission and core purpose" of the University of Texas at Austin is" to transform lives for the benefit of society through the core values of learning, discovery, freedom, leadership, individual opportunity and responsibility."

A human being is a part of the whole, called by us "Universe," a part limited in time and space.  He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.  This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.  Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.  Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955) Source: Mathematical Circles

Born Free

Born free, as free as the wind blows
As free as the grass grows
Born free to follow your heart

Live free and beauty surrounds you
The world still astounds you
Each time you look at a star

Stay free, where no walls divide you
You're free as the roaring tide
So there's no need to hide

Born free, and life is worth living
But only worth living
'cause you're born free

(Stay free, where no walls divide you)
You're free as the roaring tide
So there's no need to hide

Born free, and life is worth living
But only worth living
'cause you're born free


SARA: Meeting Dogs ; Running of the Pigs;

Teaching Tip1: You've heard ""Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces."Teaching Tip 1: substitute corn for pearls.

Teaching Tip2: substitute love for fear

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the teacher's alter ego takes over, as it usually does

2-4  book required or -10 each class day.


honi soit mottoETHICS:[1] The second goal of the required leadership/ethics flag courses -- learn to make real-life ethical choices -- is closely related to the core purpose of the University of Texas, to transform lives for the benefit of society. It is also one of the basic education requirements of U.T.: “have experience in thinking about moral and ethical problems.” [1a] To focus on the traditional college goals of developing character and conscience. [1b] To practice replacing fear and greed with love, compassion, tolerance, and the sympathetic imagination.

honi soit motto[2I] INDEPENDENT INQUIRY GOALS  honi soit motto [2I1] “to know thyself.” To know one’s strengths and weaknesses. Self-awareness is essential .

 honi soit motto[3] PLAN II GOALS :honi soit motto[3A] Universal college goal of   living in fragments no longer, learning to think, to connect, to hammer thoughts into unity.honi soit motto[3B] This is a central principle of Newman’s Idea of a University, still the classic text on this subject. Newman emphasizes again and again the necessity of synthesis to achieve a strong sense of university education as the unity it is supposed to be, rather than the fragmented multiversity it all too often is.honi soit motto[3C] Our goal is thus also unity, of the self, of the self and others, of the self and nature, of one subject and another, etc.

possible topics: the key social status difference between Rosemary and Fern revealed in the final hundred pages; Fern's joie de vivre; enhanced vocabulary for emotions; a sense of the hierarchy of emotions; experiments on Beagles; experiments that helped treatment of diseases in humans; mirror imagery.


Dass Guided Imagery focused on sending light and love

"Best and Worst" for 1st half of alphabet: for Bee, Orca, Crab, Elephant, Sea Otter, Coyote, Milk Snake, Hummingbird, Hawk

Questions about P3, due Feb. 18

Quiz: Must get two questions right or -10 without a valid blog this week;

Discussion led by Bee


RECOMMENDED READING: recent research on similarities and differences between homo sapiens and other animals

REVIEW, CONNECT, HAMMER INTO UNITY: homo sapiens and other animals


2-5 20 pts. bonus for posting P3A on Blackboard by midnight tonight

2-6 ETHICS: COMPASSION, Cats, AND THE SYMPATHETIC IMAGINATION"Best and Worst" for 2nd half of alphabet: White Horse, Sea Horse, Raven, Timber Wolf, Owl, Gray Wolf, Black Bear

2-9 15 pts. bonus for posting P3A on Blackboard by midnight tonight

2-10 10 pts. bonus for posting P3A on Blackboard by midnight tonight

2-18  P3A due on Blackboard or -10 per day

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    Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk, once wrote, "to allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to the violence of our times.

    More than that, it is cooperation with violence. The frenzy of the activist neutralizes his work for peace. It destroys her own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of his own work because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful."

    One interpretation: The fear of failure and the need to get things done create this downward spiral of the spirit. To break this "circle of violence" we must step back, reflect, meditate. While at rest we may be able to see things anew, which will increase our "fruitfulness at work" and at home.

    Stressed by papers? Tests? Relationship issues? For these and other stressors, take a few minutes to check out a new interactive website called “Stress Recess” at, a component of the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center. This site is loaded with videos, animation, video games, body scans, quizzes, clickable charts and graphics and practical information tailored to YOU. Learn what causes stress, signs of stress and—most importantly---what you can do to manage stress in healthy ways!

    Counseling and Mental Health Center:
  • UT Telephone Counseling (24 hours/day, 7 days/week):
    512-471-CALL (2255)
  • Behavior Concerns Advice Line (24 hours/day, 7 days/week):

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