Week 01: Human Worth

Humanity

A river rises in Eden to water the garden; beyond there it divides and becomes four branches. [The Bible, Genesis 2:10.] Thought, emotion, action and sensation are the four branches of the river of life. Perhaps the main reason the Judeo-Christian Bible is the most popular and enduring work in
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Thought

The cerebral cortex is the repository of reason and intellect. It is the last area to develop in the growing child, with many higher cortical functions only beginning to appear late in childhood. Comprising the outer portion of the brain, it is also the last area of the brain to
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Emotion

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, but just felt within the heart. [Helen Keller.] It was a summer of limitless bites, Of hungers quickly felt And quickly forgotten With the next careless gorging. [John Tobias, “Reflections On a Gift of Watermelon Pickle Received
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Sentience and Sensation

When the sun of consciousness first shone upon me, behold a miracle! The stock of my young life that had perished, now steeped in the waters of knowledge, grew again, budded again, was sweet again with the blossoms of childhood. Down in the depths of my being I cried, “It
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Action

Life invites us to act. Most of us work or go to school, have responsibilities and spend much of our time serving others. Even those who live a meditative life must practice their teachings, not to mention eat and do those things necessary to survival. Our actions are the means
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Life

Come with me, to the Baobab tree, To the Baobab tree, where eyes will shine, And hearts will leap And feet will dance And hands will touch In one-two time. Come with me, to the Baobab tree, To the Baobab tree, where tears will dry, And lips will sing And
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Human Worth

I’m going out to clean the pasture spring; I’ll only stop to rake the leaves away (And wait to watch the water clear, I may): I shan’t be gone long. — You come too. I’m going out to fetch the little calf That’s standing by the mother. It’s so young
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