10/20/15; 9:40 AM — 11:00 AM

Class Notes

In class today, we discussed the 5 most awesome people right now. Some of the answers were Oprah, Obama, Steve Jobs, and Malala. Dr. Sandridge mentioned that in 100 years, he thinks that most of these people will be forgotten. With which most of the class disagreed, especially when it comes to Obama.

Death is a part of the natural course of things, It should not be kept from a child, this was a lesson from Epic Titus.

Carpe Diem = means to ‘seize the day’

Carpe meants to harvest and Diem — think of the day as the plea, that you have to go out and pluck

Dead poet society → Robin Williams movie, lesson taught was to seize the day

(vous) Nous = mind or intelligence

Dr. Sandridge asked “How to deal with someone who stinks?” LOL

Atarocia — state of non-disturbidness, unbothered

Prepare yourself to combat people and their assholeness, someone told Marcus

Talked about dehumanization, in this case deindividuation

  • Would be like a teacher saying to their class “you’re all young so you’re all naïve”

Quotes from Marcus Aurelius

We went through some people’s favorite quotes from each book and they explained why they liked them

MLK Memorial

We discussed the questions, “Is MLK Jr. a political leader or a spiritual leader?”

We talked about his positioning on the mall

The fact that he’s in DC, the capital of politics

Religious philosophy is embedded in some of his quotes

“we shall overcome, because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.”

We briefly talked about the relationship between Dr. King and Stoic Philosophy

How is Kim Davis the anti-Socrates?

Socrates — I’m going to follow my inner God ‘daimonion’ there’s nothing you can do to stop me, BUT I will obey the law.

Kim Davis — she did not follow the law no matter what.

10/20/15; 5:00 PM — 8:00 PM

Solitude and Leadership

I actually disagree with the opening paragraph. I think that Solitude has plenty to do with Leadership. I think that as a leader, you should be familiar with all facets of Solitude.

I do agree that Solitude is a necessary trait for true leadership.

I absolutely love how he pointed out the distinction between excellence and leadership. Brain surgeons are excellent at their jobs, but that doesn’t mean they are leaders. I also agree with the author in saying that it takes more to become a leader, not just getting straight As or being smart.

It is interesting that he says that kissing up to people is what gets you in the leadership position. I guess to a certain extent that is true!

“What we have now are the greatest technocrats the world has ever seen, people who have been trained to be incredibly good at one specific thing, but who have no interest in anything beyond their area of exper­tise. What we don’t have are leaders.”

  • This is very powerful. It resonates with me because on a daily basis I try to inform myself on other things going on around the world that I may not be so easily exposed to. I try to explore other topics, and ares of study. Which is what I gain from the class.

As of late, I have to been trying to think for myself. Like really think twice about things that most people would agree on or go along with.

“ And because he can, he has the confidence, the courage, to argue for his ideas even when they aren’t popular. Even when they don’t please his superiors.”

  • As a future physician, this quote is very important. In the medical field, I often hear about people struggling to express what they really mean and want to say.

How do you learn to think????

The more I multitask, the more stupid I am too!

My freshman year of college, I decided to delete my Twitter and Instagram. I didn’t delete my Facebook (because of friends and family). I deleted my Twitter and Instagram because I noticed the toll it was taking on me. I could never concentrate on my work without taking Twitter or Instagram breaks.

So does this mean that freshman year when I was taking English and it took me forever to write papers, It was good…I’ma good writer??? :-)))

What do you do with doubts, or questions, or even difficulties?

  • I have been tackling this question lately. I am very proud of myself because I have been really good lately with facing any fears and doubts head on. It makes me stronger, and I feel better equipped to advise friends or family with this trait.

I like the concept of ‘finding yourself.’ I just think that sometimes it is taken out of context or misinterpreted. And I agree that in order to ‘find yourself’ you need some alone time. For example, I think that when people get out of relationships, the need solidarity just to kind of get back to themselves. This won’t be accomplished if they jump right into another relationship.

“ You have to be prepared in advance” this made me think about Marcus Aurelius

I like how the last paragraph sums up my thoughts when I read the opening paragraph :)

According to Deresiewicz’, what does it mean to be “alone with your thoughts?” How does someone achieve this?

I think to be alone with your thoughts, you have to be a transparent, honest, person. To be alone with your true thoughts, you have to think TRUE, honest thoughts. Also, I feel that you have to be able to disconnect from worldly opinions (friends, family, strangers) and just think about what YOU are thinking. To be alone with your thoughts, you have to be able to focus. you should be able to sit in your room, uninterrupted and just think about stuff. Your day, tomorrow, yesterday, or even 10 years from now.

In your view today, what challenges do you face in thinking for yourself? List at least 5, but even more if you can.

Honestly, only one challenge is clear to me right this second.

The most important challenge for me is drawing the line between being considerate and being too considerate. The type of person I am, I consider everyone’s opinions. But sometimes I consider people’s opinions to the point that I let it overshadow my own opinion and what I believe in.

This challenge is important to me because I will need to be able to conquer it. As a future physician, I will sometimes have to go with my gut opinion and do what I feel is right. That is what will make me unique, doing what I feel is best for my patients, and believing in it. But my issue lies where I ask myself, is it really the best option? Could someone else’s option be better for my patient? What if I fail and have to take the fall?

10/21/15; 5:30 PM — 8:00 PM

Today, I attended the screening of Clash of the Titans for extra credit. We were given candy and popcorn as refreshments. There were a lot more people in attendance than I thought there would be. There were two presentations, one given by Dr. Shana O’Connell and Dr. Brian Gernard (I think that was his name). It was nice to see their presentations since they are fairly new to Howard students. I thought it was funny how Dr. O’Connell had her students take a selfie with her to prove their attendance lol. The movie was very interesting to say the least… Some of the stuff were hilarious. But I do love movies about mythology, and ancient Rome and Greece. I loved the graphics. I loved the way Hades looked and how he could become like other animals.. I also loved how the scorpion could break apart into other scorpions…kinda creepy but cool.

10/22/15; 9:40 AM to 11:00 AM

Class Notes

Today in class, we discussed the Solitude and Leadership article.

We also discussed the book Dr. Sandridge brought in, called “The Hungry Mind: The Origins of Curiosity in Childhood” by Susan Engel

We had a brief exam two review. Dr. Sandridge told us to start big, then narrow it down.

He told us to study Socrates, Marcus Aurelius, Plato’s apology, Xenophon’s apology, Meditations, Philosophy, Soul, Solitude and leadership, Stoicism, and Phaedo.

Make connections to the other articles from earlier

10/22/15; 4:00 PM — 7:00 PM

In preparation for the exam, I attempted to re read the two apologies and sought out the differences between them. I also read about Socrates’ trial. I also read Phaedo and took notes.

10/25/15; 8:00 PM — 11:00 PM

Today, I went through our assignments on medium and made sure I had information on each thing that was asked of us. I made sure that my notes aligned with medium. I briefly reviewed over the books for Marcus Aurelius, and re-read my summaries for each book.

10/26/15; 6:00 PM — 9:00 PM

In preparation for tomorrow’s exam, I went over all of the notes since our last exam. I also collaborated with other students from the class and we compared notes. I also created new notes concerning what I did and did not know concerning the big topics, and people. I tried my best to make connections between various leaders and their tendencies, and if they were psychopathic or not. I tried to ask myself possible questions that could be asked on the exam tomorrow.

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