My Second Grade Primer

My Second Grade Primer

Postby caleban » Wed Apr 30, 2008 6:05 am

Chapter One

My best lessons in life, as in a book with a similar title, came from
around that time frame. It was a time of basic social interaction, more so
than education. Many of those lessons carry forward so well, that it is easy
to forget where they were learned, or not learned, and why.

What we say and do is more important than we realize, affects others, ourselves,
and may even remain long after we are gone. The reputation we have comes from
our social interactions. It is not the reputation we think we have, but is the reputation
we acquire as a result of our interaction with others. Online, our words are preserved
long after we may wish them to be gone. These words can be examined from points
of view we may wish would not be there. The words we use and how we use them
become characteristics that do, indeed represent our character, and a part of our
reputation. Generally, we cannot see our own reputation, so we use our ego to bias
our reputation belief to further blind us. The more powerful we make our blinders,
the bigger the shock if we see a glimpse of our true reputation. Many will not
even recognize it.

1. Positive word interaction

To paraphrase "Captain Kangaroo", my favorite show back then:

The two most magical words in the English language are "Please" and "Thank You".
They are more than just words. They carry positive magic and will always solicit
a positive social interaction mentality.

2. Negative word interaction

There is a dark side to the magic. Many words are dark and will always solicit
a negative social interaction mentality. One excellent example is "liar".

Since we never keep tabs on ourselves, we will always allow our ego to
assure us that the simple balance is positive. But the targets of our words
do keep tabs. And those targets are the source of our reputation. In this
simple example, the sum of external negative results is an external negative
reputation factor that we refuse to do the math for, thus cannot see. Our
ego successfully prevents that from happening.
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Re: My Second Grade Primer

Postby caleban » Tue May 06, 2008 4:13 am

Chapter Two

The Apology - a sign of a wimp, a tool for politeness, or an incredible defensive weapon to disarm any opponent ?

Outline: (To keep this short, I did not write it out. Here are the "talking point references")

2nd grade references, from a time when God was still allowed in our public schools:


Let us crown ourselves with rosebuds before they wither. Wisdom of Solomon (ch. II, v.8

Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him. Proverbs (ch. XXVI, v. 12)


Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. [Matthew 7:120]

A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. Proverbs (ch. XV, v. 1)

Forsake not an old friend; for the new is not comparable to him: a new friend is as new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure.Ecclesiasticus (ch. IX, v. 10)


Many have fallen by the edge of the sword; but not so many as have fallen by the tongue. Ecclesiasticus (ch. XXVIII, v. 17)

As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand. John (ch. VIII, v. 44)
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