Posts Tagged With: Angel City Chorale

Day 2760: Intelligent Civilizations

Yesterday, I noticed this headline on the Forbes website:

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There are at least 36 intelligent alien civilizations in our galaxy,  say scientists. My question is, if we count Earth, are there more than 36?  And what makes an intelligent civilization, any way?

Does an intelligent civilization include:

  • kindness,
  • listening,
  • flexibility,
  • learning from past mistakes,
  • empathy,
  • acceptance of all feelings,
  • balancing emotion and thought,
  • balancing preparation with spontaneity,
  • open mindedness,
  • a sense of humor,
  • creativity,
  • an appreciation of the arts,
  • an appreciation of the present moment,
  • knowledge of history,
  • a commitment to achievable next steps,
  • awareness of others,
  • awareness of self,
  • forgiveness,
  • integrity,
  • equality,
  • peace,
  • charity,
  • resiliency,
  • nourishment,
  • respect for all creatures,
  • sharing,
  • curiosity about differences,
  • connection,
  • growth,
  • healing,
  • hope,
  • love,
  • an awareness of mortality,
  • investments in the future, and
  • a commitment to social change?

How would you describe an intelligent civilization?

Do you see signs of intelligent civilization in my other captured images from yesterday?

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When I search for “Intelligent Civilizations” on YouTube, I find this:

When I search for intelligence in the civilized comments about that video, I find this:

S C
8 months ago
Aliens don’t come to earth because it has only one star reviews

Swalfire
1 month ago
2020 really looking like a great filter right now

K_zI
2 months ago
The aliens probably just left us on read

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S P I C E B O I
3 months ago
everyone asking “where are the aliens” but not “how are the aliens”

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Calm Guy.
1 month ago
Arthur C. Clarke — ‘Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.’

Here‘s Christopher Tin conducting the world premiere of “Sogno di Volare”  — the Civilization VI theme song  — performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Angel City Chorale in London, July 19, 2016.

Another sign of intelligent civilization is gratitude, so thanks to all who helped me create todays “Intelligent Civilizations” post and — of course! — to YOU.

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Day 2580: Emotional Reasoning

Emotional Reasoning is one of the cognitive distortions in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Emotional Reasoning is defined here as follows:

Emotional Reasoning.
We take our emotions as evidence for the truth. Examples: “I feel inadequate, so there must be something wrong with me.” “I feel overwhelmed and hopeless, therefore the situation must be impossible to change or improve.” (Note that the latter can contribute to procrastination.) While suppressing or judging feelings can be unhelpful, it’s important to recognize the difference between feelings and facts.

My definition of “Emotional Reasoning” does NOT include examples of the negative aspect of that, as in “I do NOT feel that way, therefore it’s not true.” I’m reasoning that I could have written that definition with this example: “I do not feel adequate, so there must be something wrong with me.”

All this came to my emotional mind this morning when I read this news headline:

President Trump: “It doesn’t really feel like we’re being impeached”

To me, it doesn’t really feel like

  • Trump is President,
  • I’m getting married a week from tomorrow, or
  • the human race is going to survive.

That is all emotional reasoning.  I know that two of those statements are true, no matter what I’m feeling.  And I have many emotions about the third statement, so who knows if it’s true?

Do you see emotional reasoning in any of my photos from yesterday?

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Yesterday at work, somebody said that this photo of Harley (taken by my soon-to-be-husband Michael)

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… felt like a photo that Ellen DeGeneres might want to include on her show.  That seemed like emotional reasoning to me, but I submitted it anyway.

“Do You Hear What I Hear” feels like a Christmas song, but that’s not how it was written.

Here’s a portion of the story I heard on the radio yesterday:

While artfully couched in the iconography of the Christian nativity, the songwriters were making a political statement: a plea for peace, and a reminder of the ravages of war.

The song opens with the night wind speaking to a lamb, long a literary symbol of peace. Soon we hear the line, “A star, a star, dancing in the sky//With a tail as big as a kite.”

“The star was meant to be a bomb,” said Gabrielle Regney.

Later we hear the lyrics “A child, a child, shivers in the cold,” which Regney said is a reference to the “real children” who inspired the song.

And the line, “Let us bring him silver and gold” was a reference to “poor children,” said Regney — a reminder of the human cost of war.

But no matter how you interpret the song, Noël Regney and Gloria Shayne left no mistake about the central message at the climax of the song.

“The biggest part for them was the ‘pray for peace’ line,” said Regney. “That line, ‘pray for peace,’ was very big for both of them.”

Do you hear what I hear in this emotional rendition of that song?

Feel free to share emotional reasoning in a comment, below.

There are reasons why I end every post with the emotion of gratitude.

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