Friday, August 31, 2012

APATHY is a Killer of all that is True and Good and Loving - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi & JK Rowland

FLOW, the SECRET TO HAPPINESS – positive psychologist - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: “...understanding what contributed to a life that was worth can find that the lack of basic resources, material resources, contributes to unhappiness, but the increase in material resources does not increase happiness.” “You know that what you need to do is possible to do, even though difficult, and sense of time disappears. You forget yourself. You feel part of something larger.” “BOREDOM begins to be very aversive and APATHY becomes very negative: you don't feel that you're doing anything, you don't use your skills, there's no challenge. Unfortunately, a lot of people's experience is in APATHY. The largest single contributor to that experience is WATCHING TELEVISION…” video & transcript 2004

          JK ROWLAND (author of Harry Potter book series), delivers her Commencement Address, at Harvard 6/05/08 - The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the IMPORTANCE OF IMAGINATION – “…many prefer not to exercise their imaginations at all. They choose to remain comfortably within the bounds of their own experience, never troubling to wonder how it would feel to have been born other than they are. They can refuse to hear screams or to peer inside cages; they can close their minds and hearts to any suffering that does not touch them personally; they can refuse to know… those who choose not to empathise enable real monsters. For without ever committing an act of outright evil ourselves, we collude with it, through our own APATHY.” JK ROWLAND - Harvard University – 60508 – video

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