Saturday, November 29, 2014

fighting against "learned helplessness"

Learned helplessness occurs when an animal is repeatedly subjected to an aversive stimulus that it cannot escape. Eventually, the animal will stop trying to avoid the stimulus and behave as if it is utterly helpless to change the situation. Even when opportunities to escape are presented, this learned helplessness will prevent any action.
While the concept is strongly tied to animal psychology and behavior, it can also apply to many situations involving human beings. When people feel that they have no control over their situation, they may also begin to behave in a helpless manner. This inaction can lead people to overlook opportunities for relief or change.

"학습된 무기력"이랑 "현실을 인지함"은 다른 종류의 심리 상태인 것 같다. 현실의 모습이 괴로워 우울해 하고, 무리력해지는 것이랑, 현실을 받아드리면서도 어떻게 그 현실을 개혁해 나갈 것인가를 구상하는 것은 다른 것인 것 같다. 
우리 개개인이, 혹은 단체들이 각각 할 수 있는 일들을 해가는 것: 서로의 방법을 비난하기 보다, 각각의 노력들이 티끌이 되어 산을 만들 수 있지 않을까 한다. 산에 있는 흙, 돌, 지렁이, 풀, 벌레, 노루, 모두가 각기 자기의 할 바를 함으로써 산이 되듯이, 나는 나의 할 바를 찾아 나간가.
I think there must be a difference between "learned helplessness" and acceptance as a practice. Being defeated and depressed about current situations is different from accepting what is going on and finding productive ways to rethink, redesign, and restructure the current situation.
What if we as individuals, as groups of people sought out to do what we can do. There is a Korean saying, “티끌 모아 산을 만든다.” It means to collect small bits of dust to make a mountain. In the mountain, there is earth, rocks, worms, grass, insects, and deer. What if we each did our best to contribute to the new world. I am in search of what my contribution might be.

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