Mission of Reason™ encourages the appreciation of the natural
world, personal insight, human relationships, and artistic creativity
as ways of inspiring us to meet life's challenges. These sources
of fulfillment and joy offer not only motivation and purpose of being,
but they integrate well with a reasoned understanding of life. MOR
encourages personal inspiration through the following areas as
supported in the curriculum.
The great pleasure of discovering things in the natural world is one
of the fulfilling things in life. Uncovering things about the cosmos
and contributing information to humanity's common body of
knowledge is one of the greatest tasks we can set for ourselves in
life. This alone can be the basis for a tremendously rewarding life.
Perhaps the greatest inspiration of all is empathy. As we expand
our sense of identity out beyond the self, to encompass others, we
can feel a great sense of joy in contributing to society and in
alleviating suffering in individuals. This result is the motivation for
compassion itself, it is also the reward. This is the basis for the
charitable and proactive social activities of MOR.
MOR members involved in Conscious Art™ explore their own
minds, the world, and ideas thorugh the creative act. They use this
process to reach out to the larger community in a nurturing and
rational dialog where both the artist and audience have an
opportunity to engage and discover new ways of thinking.
Conscious Art can be fun, decorative, and playful. It always strives
to raise our level of awareness and understanding in ways that
make life more worthwhile. For more information on Conscious
Art™, click here.
|Using our Cultural Legacy
The intellectual traditions of our global society have a rich trove of
literature, poetry, metaphor, and customs that are our heritage.
MOR encourages an interest in these things as members explore
them in the light of reason, bringing valuable lessons into the
modern world while members maintain their modern and rational
awareness. Sharing with people who are immersed in these
traditions is also an activity of MOR. Such interchanges take place
on field trips and through speaker invitations.
Learning to understand and appreciate our own emotions, mental
states, and moments of insight can be a very rewarding
experience. In MOR such experiences are explored in a rational
frame of understanding. While they do not play a major role in
MOR activities, acknowledging the personal experiences in the
mind is important as a mechanism for self-awareness and
personal development. Like modern psychology and sociology do
for society, each of us can take responsibility for our mental state
and proactively change and explore it.
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