Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The Things we need to learn about other people and how to relate with them

We need to be enlightened about how other individuals behave. It is according to their environment and innate traits upon themselves. Most of the people main concern is what others would say if they dressed like this, talked like that, and do things against their expectations.
I have also realized that others behave according to the role they play. I couldn’t expect even my closest pastor kid classmate to practice and play guys. She loves to accept guys in her life without considering what these men would feel knowing she’s just playing them. However, it is her choice. On my observation, she was influenced by her best friend who loves to play guys.
I know that besides from the influence of others who always accompany you in school our parents serve as a model. Their behavior reflects how we do the same. Relating with others is according to liking. If I don’t like you, I will not entertain or even talked to you. Of course, mutual understanding is the principal concern of relating with everyone.
Lastly, I do behave according to the situation where I am and the role I am playing,

Experience in life is considered part of our education

“Experience is considered part of our education.”
I always learned more when I myself experienced it. Attending this a lot and experiencing a lot of things enhanced my realization on why and how I behave in the presence and absence of others. I have learned so much not only about my life but also the life of others.
There are so many insights that have been added on me. The way I behave today is a reflection of my past experiences especially when I was a child. I realized that my behavior is motivated by reward and/ or punishment. I am doing things in exchange for something from my parents or to get along with my friends and classmates most of the time. I have more perseverance in doing things if I know people would appreciate me on those matters. I am afraid to be punished by my parents. I tried my best to show all the potentials in me just not to fall short for their expectations. B.F. Skinner’s reinforcement theory applied to explain my behavior as the results from the power of other people to reinforce me for having performed desired behavior. These two tools of reinforcement (reward and punishment) affect how I behave. Even though my parents are out of sight the ‘rule of my conscience’ always overrules me not to put them in shame. I want to please my parents always. That is the reason why I don’t like to give them problems just because of me.
To be rewarded or praised by my parents I am studying hard to have good grades or give them honor in terms of winning from school competitions. Doing such things make them happy and proud of me to boast from our family friends and relatives. I have been punished sometimes for having performed things like going home late or disobeying their orders at home. They expect me to do more and excel more as possible. I do understand them but sometimes I feel great pressure because of so many expectations (e.g. to have grades not lower 1.5 or 1.25 on my major subjects). I am also concerned for what others would say on me and to my parents if I did something.
On the other hand, I possessed both strengths and weaknesses. I could say that I am an optimist. Looking the positive side of my life alleviate my difficulties. Example is when I experienced an extreme disappointment in my junior high school for I did not belong to the top ten of the class (it seems everything had gone). At first, I could not accept it but later I realized that I have still one more chance in my last year in high school. Because of it I became more dedicated in my study. I take it as a challenge. In return I reaped what I sowed. I graduated with scholastic honors. My faith in God also serves as my shield for all the trials I have passed by.
I am also a man of weaknesses. I am the one who always commits mistakes. The things I am working right now, first and foremost is my very short patience. I easily got mad when my patience is lost especially on waiting.
My goals in life are also one of the reasons why I am studying hard. I am trying to overcome all my blocking forces like poor time management, priorities, very short patience, and bad influence of my friends and classmates. Knowing my role in every context helped me to play and shift roles. It created me as a man of many faces who knows how to handle circumstances. I have known how to act my roles as a brother, son, student, friend, classmate and so many more. Even to handle intra- role and inter- role conflict in my life has improved.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

The love Story of Ceres and Proserphine in Greek and Roman Mythology

Greek and Roman Mythology shows us the way the human race thought and felt untold ages, retracing the path from civilized man who lives so far from nature and man who lived in closer companionship with nature. It tells the story of the gods and goddesses, who conquers everything because of love. Ceres and the idea of sorrow were foremost. Ceres goddess of the harvest wealth was still more the divine sorrowing mother who saw her daughter died each year. Proserpine was the radiant maiden of the spring and the summertime, whose light step upon the dry, brown hillside, enough to make it fresh and blossoming. Pluto, god of the dead and underworld, fell in love with Proserpine.

In this story the God of the dead was ruled by fear when the monster shook the earth, and he decided to leave the underworld to find the cause. Venus, the jealous god wants to seize the opportunity to extend her empire told cupid to strike Pluto with his arrow. Mortals are the same they have fears when danger came; they find ways to escape in that horrible situation, the cause and get jealous. Pluto was not presented in kidnapping Proserpine because he is one of the most powerful Gods and they feared him even Proserpine companions and the river nymph. Ceres a loving mother became weary and sad when her daughter was lost, she sought her daughter all over the world, but it was all nothing, she even sacrificed, thinking of her daughter nine days and nine nights in the open air under sunlight, moonlight and falling shower. Most mothers are like Ceres, they get weary and sad when their children are in danger. They will also seek the earth to find their children. The nature of being mother can never be fathom. Only after when Ceres withhold her service from the farmers and destroy their field and harvest then Jove intervene and restore her daughter. The story illustrated the key dynamic between Gods and mortals, mortals continue to challenge the Gods and the Gods continue to smite the mortals. The kingdom was ruled by fear and strength. Pluto feared that his kingdom would be laid open to light of day. Fear of Proserpine companion, who let her rob by the God of underworld, fear of the nymph, who witnessed every thing about Proserpine but not dared to tell. Gods have power, but not all of them can determine and prevent the situation, happening around them. Sometimes, gods has less petty than mortals, what they do or take, rob from one another and resulting to compromise under the threat of Chaos. Mortals and Gods have similarities. They have strength and weaknesses; they also fell in love, weary, sad and jealous. But in all of that, there is no powerful God of all, is love, which is able to manipulate even death.

Whatever life we have in this world or whatever what we are, love is still a vital factor that bonds us to one another, even to ourselves. It helps us to define ourselves, of we really are, what our strengths our weaknesses is, that will allow us to do the right things that fit for us. But sometimes, to much love may not always have a good result, it push us to do the contrast of what its real meaning.