Originally posted by alumnathe
I'm asking this question because it has been my experience as a college sociology teacher that students lack the critical thinking skills to
deconstruct information so they can analyze it objectively. They usually go directly to reaction and opinion, and then emote. What does deconstruction
mean to you?
Confucius said, "I hear and I forget. I see and I learn. I do and I understand." Deconstruction is the process of falling walls, only to build them
up again. We must fail to succeed. Hearing is forgetting. Seeing is learning. Doing is understanding. Bias is a wall. Break it down and see
Read James 1:22-27
. Tell me if you recognize the progression from hearing,
seeing and doing. What does James say is perfect religion with regards to breaking down the walls of our ultimate bias from what is unseen (Namely
God)? He compares it to an image in a mirror. In this case, the mirror is the Word of God. We hear, we see, but if we do not do, we can never
understand. You nail it when you say bias. Bias must be removed.
Read the book Verbal Judo. "Speak for the other person in the manner in which they should be speaking for themselves. George Thompson then states
the key to doing this. Remove bias, condescension and anger.
Deconstruction is doing. Effort and application of knowledge is useless apart from wisdom. Deconstruction is the process of removing what does not
belong in favor of what does. Experience is the only way to find success in the process.
Your sociology teacher is recognizing the symptom, but not the root of the problem. Objectivity is simply applying natural law to a problem and
testing to see if law solves the problem. Confucius merely stated a natural law in the form of a proverb. This is what all proverbs are. They tell
you how to apply natural law to solve a problem. In the case of James 1, he was merely saying what Confucius said and noting the source of the law as
All problems are caused by breaking law and being out of context with truth of universal absolutes. Objectivity must rest on observed laws. For
example, if you smoke, you get cancer. This is because a reward was taken that caused a debt. Suffering is always the result of taking a reward that
is not earned. Reverse this. If you set aside the smokes and suffer the work of exercise, health improves. Why? You suffered for the reward. It
As Solomon would say, "You reap what you sow." Proverbs are natural laws. Laws are governed. Deconstruction is separating what does not follow law.
Simply put, it's liberty by justice. Freeing truth trapped in error.
Listening and Doing
19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger
does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the
word planted in you, which can save you.
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