Friday, August 24, 2007

'That tingle', Dr. Bronner, All One, Mindwalk, Mechanistic vs. Systems world view

I've used Dr. Bronner's soap for years and enjoy reading the bottle when I'm bored. The bottle contains a religious message in tiny type that sounds like the rantings of a crazy man. But the message is essentially benign, promoting world peace and universal understanding. No wonder this soap rose to popularity in the 1960s.

An excerpt: Absolute Cleanliness is Godliness! Who else but God gave man Love that can spark mere dust to life! Poetry, uniting All-One! All Brave! All life! Who else but God! "Listen Children Eternal Father Eternally One!"

Here is a link to an NPR radio piece about Dr. Bronner, including a link to a movie trailer of a documentary about the eccentric soapmaker.

Check out this clip from the 1991 movie, Mindwalk, based on the book, The Turning Point, by Fritjof Capra. Capra is more well-known for his book, The Tao of Physics. The movie was filmed at Mont Saint Michel. The characters discuss Descartes and how inadequate (and antiquated) a mechanistic world view is. What got this whole thread of thought rolling is my first week student teaching I did not learn much about the individual personalities of my students, but did know their IEPs (individual education plans) and Nelson Reading scores. Is comprehensive testing a product of a systematic or mechanistic world view?

Ugh! It's getting near midnight. Dr. Bronner and Descartes. Food for thought and tingly good soap. All one! Good night!

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