Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Fear or Hope? What is a better motivator?

Q: Movie Line"Hope!  It is the only thing stronger than fear!" What recent film claims hope is a greater motivator than fear? (answer below)
Off in the distance, we see Table Rock Lake.  Does a spanning vista like this inspire hope or fear? Does this big picture drive us to do more, or fold our hands and quit?
(From Young Life's Clearwater Cove lookout peak)
Assembling all these quotes leads me to believe in the wisdom of those before me, considering their experiences, thoughts and perspectives worth regarding.  Asking questions about what they thought important, why they thought it important and how it applied to their situation prods me to continue in my own quest of understanding.  What follows are the quotes in italics, the author in bold and my remarks, for what they are worth.
The greatest mistake a man can makes is to sacrifice health for any other advantage.  A.  Schopenhauer
Money, power, importance, control, being right, being the best or any other aspirations do seem subordinate to health.
Our bodies are apt to be our own autobiographies.  F.  Burgess
What story are we writing?
I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes.  C.  Sandburg
Cynical, accurate or perceptive?
Knowledge is power.  F.  Bacon
It's both how we get the knowledge as well as what we do with the asset.
Perhaps the most valuable results of all education is the ability to make yourself do the very thing you have to do when it ought to be one, whether you like it or not.  This is the first to be learned.  T.   Huxley
That sounds like a good definition for self-discipline.
It's great to be great but it's greater to be human.  W.  Rogers
What is really important?  Being a contributing member of the community?
The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.  W.  Saroyan
It's like joy and happiness are closely related, but not the same!  Happiness seems based on external situations or circumstances.  The pursuit of happiness drives our foundational documents, as well as our economy, yet inner joy, peace or contentment have another source.  Not based on our plight but stemming from some inner drive, motive or security, the greatest happiness is recognizing happiness is optional.
Even when the experts all agree, they well may be mistaken.  B. Russell
Experts are experts, but data should drive, inform and influence the experts.  Without the data, the experts are just telling stories.
A committee is a group of the unprepared, appointed by the unwilling to do the unnecessary.  F.  Allen
Without norms, clear purposes and leadership, this can be true.  However, with a clear objective, leadership and manners, a committee is an example of synergy!
If you respect your job’s importance, it will probably return the favor.  L. D. Turner
Persistence, staying power and the ability to outlast others often defines the champion, since he does what others do not do!
An expert is a man who has stopped thinking he knows. F. R. Wright
Maturity, experience and mistake after mistake reveal to us there is always more to learn, complete and conquer.  The life-long learner gravitates to the status of expert due to their quest for understanding.  To consider knowledge and wisdom as complete or sufficiently amassed implies
I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.  T. Carlyle
So what do we “believe in?” Majority may not know the best.  Wisdom and understanding may have an alternate perspective.
If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it I'd still a foolish thing.  B. Russell
Remember “Animal Farm” by George Orwell to get a matching point of view.
I've got to follow them, I am their leader.  Ledru-Rollin
Admittedly, I had to search out the back-story of this politician as he  worked to represent the oppressed masses.
Make the most of yourself for that is all there is of you.  R. W. Emerson
We spend time trying to be somebody else, when we should be just be ourselves, content in that but giving it everything we have.
Yes, these quotes are concise.  My words add little.  Yet the focus, concentration and deliberation to expound on each quote add insights and hopefully wisdom.  Only time will prove it effective!

Answer:  In The Hunger Games, the President Snow, played by the esteemed Donald Sutherland, asked the game-maker Seneca Crane played by Wes Bentley "Why do we have a winner?"  As the ruthless president of the post-modern world, he frequently ponders motivation of the masses.  In reply, Crane stumbled through a response but Sutherland answered his own question. He posed a "little bit of hope is effective but a lot of hope is dangerous," then reiterates that a "spark is fine, as long as it is contained!"  What pressure do we apply when we motivate our students, in fear, or in hope.  Which is more effective?  Which reaches the hearts of our students?  Which is more lasting?  Fear drives today but hope inspires for tomorrow!

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