What can we glean from data?
Being a lifelong student is a privilege and a passion, an absolutely glorious endeavor and one that I expect will continue throughout the course of this lifetime.
Spirit spoke to me today on the topic of intellectualism. What fails us in the scientific method, in the seeking of patterns, in the pursuit of reproducibility? What do we deny ourselves and one another in upholding the quest for knowledge and understanding through analysis of the material world?
Obviously research and higher learning are not exclusively tailored to the collection of data from the material world, but this is how intellectualism waters down the pursuit of knowledge. Like all things, when communicated to the masses, intellectualism becomes a limiting and exclusionary construct.
How does intellectualism exclude people? It excludes people by eliminating feeling as a mode of understanding. The experience of feeling or intuiting is not relevant to intellectualism because it is perceived as being void of analysis. Intuition and feeling are the antithesis of crunching numbers and interpreting data. While this is not true in well-practiced research, when boiled down and communicated, the outcomes of research and analysis often touts material data and ignores the importance of visceral and emotional perceptions of said data.
We must embrace the importance of feeling and sentient experience as one of the many ways humans learn and integrate information in order to uphold and spread acceptance, acknowledgement, and Love. This is critical at this time. How are people feeling? What is happening in their bodies? This data is as critical as their thoughts on a given subject or experience. When we write off people's feelings and only embrace their thoughts and verbal expressions as indicative of their experience of the world, we reduce individuals to their memories and cognitive capacities. This is damaging to all of humanity.
How can we leave space for a whole person in a dialogue? How can we find room to listen to someone and engage with their sentient experience? We must begin with ourselves. Creating life, building yourself, human existence itself involves finding ways of creating, contributing, and meeting ones basic needs. Part of those needs are nurturing feelings and sentient experiences. Making time to listen to your Heart is critical for the wellbeing of all of humanity.