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#991 + 4 March + ‘TAKE THE CROWN’ 2021 Catherine L. Johnson + Learning to SEE + “Quidquid recipitur ad modum recipientis recipitur.”

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TAKETHECROWN #1                                Catherine L. Johnson   2021

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TAKETHECROWN #2                                Catherine L. Johnson   2021

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TAKETHECROWN #3                                Catherine L. Johnson   2021

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TAKETHECROWN #4                                Catherine L. Johnson   2021

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Learning to SEE

 

To take the crown is a synonym for to win.

 

You are not here to verify,

Instruct yourself, or inform curiosity

Or carry report. You are here to kneel

Where prayer has been valid.

T. S. Eliot, “Little Gidding”

 

The TAKETHECROWN works were created/catalyzed within a specific time frame:
the 2021 Presidential Election on 7 November 2020 when America voted and chose Joe R. Biden as the 46th President and Kamala Harris as the Vice-President; the count of the Electoral College ballots during a joint session of the 117th United States Congress which was usurped by weaponized citizens causing a fatal and bloody Insurrection of the Capitol on 6 January 2021 incited by the losing 45th President; the inauguration of Joe R. Biden as the 46th president of the United States on January 20, 2021, marking the start of the four-year term of Joe Biden as president and Kamala Harris as vice president; and the second impeachment trial of  the 45th president of the United States which began on February 9, 2021, and concluded with his acquittal on 13 February 2021.

 

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“Quidquid recipitur ad modum recipientis recipitur.”

 

We don’t see things as they are;

we see things as we are.

 

We see the things we want to see,

the things that confirm our assumptions

and

our preferred way of looking at the world.

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Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation

From the Center for Action and Contemplation

https://cac.org/category/daily-meditations/2021/03/

People can’t see what they can’t see. Their biases get in the way, surrounding them like a high wall, trapping them in ignorance, deception, and illusion. No amount of reasoning and argument will get through to them, unless we first learn how to break down the walls of bias. . .

Confirmation Bias: We judge new ideas based on the ease with which they fit in with and confirm the only standard we have: old ideas, old information, and trusted authorities. As a result, our framing story, belief system, or paradigm excludes whatever doesn’t fit.

Complexity Bias: Our brains prefer a simple falsehood to a complex truth.

Community Bias: It’s almost impossible to see what our community doesn’t, can’t, or won’t see.

Complementarity Bias: If you are hostile to my ideas, I’ll be hostile to yours. If you are curious and respectful toward my ideas, I’ll respond in kind.

Competency Bias: We don’t know how much (or little) we know because we don’t know how much (or little) others know. In other words, incompetent people assume that most other people are about as incompetent as they are. As a result, they underestimate their [own] incompetence, and consider themselves at least of average competence.

Consciousness Bias: Some things simply can’t be seen from where I am right now. But if I keep growing, maturing, and developing, someday I will be able to see what is now inaccessible to me.

Comfort or Complacency Bias: I prefer not to have my comfort disturbed.

Conservative/Liberal Bias: I lean toward nurturing fairness and kindness, or towards strictly enforcing purity, loyalty, liberty, and authority, as an expression of my political identity.

Confidence Bias: I am attracted to confidence, even if it is false. I often prefer the bold lie to the hesitant truth.

Catastrophe or Normalcy Bias: I remember dramatic catastrophes but don’t notice gradual decline (or improvement).

Contact Bias: When I don’t have intense and sustained personal contact with “the other,” my prejudices and false assumptions go unchallenged.

Cash Bias: It’s hard for me to see something when my way of making a living requires me not to see it.

Conspiracy Bias: Under stress or shame, our brains are attracted to stories that relieve us, exonerate us, or portray us as innocent victims of malicious conspirators.

 

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Learning to SEE

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On March 4, 1865, only 41 days before his assassination, President Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office for the second time. Lincoln’s second inaugural address previewed his plans for healing a once-divided nation. The speech is engraved on the north interior wall of the Lincoln Memorial. https://www.nps.gov/linc/learn/historyculture/lincoln-second-inaugural.htm

“With malice toward none with charity for all with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right let us strive on to finish the work we are in to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan ~ to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”

President Abraham Lincoln

 

 
 
 

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