This morning, I woke up pretty early and did some grading. My judgement led me to think that certain people I have read are correct on some things. Some more correct than others. I also reflected upon myself, something I refer to as meta-cognition. I did this to try to explain myself and my actions. (I think I usually have O.K. self-insight.)
It occurred to me, as well, that my computer does not have meta-cognition. Nor can it really do philosophy or develop the kind of judgement I have. which I coin “retail judgement.”
I checked over my own work to judge whether it was correct. It was. So then I blurted out: Program for that, bitches.
It’s probably impossible to program something like a computer for that kind of thing. And, besides, the body, as Wittgenstein observed, is the best image of the soul. And I like mine human.
In my parenting classes, we learned about approximately 3 or 4 parenting styles and the measured outcomes of each theory. I tried to apply the one I thought would produce a good outcome, which turned out to be an Aristotlean Theory of Virtue Development. It was something I thought of with help from family, friends and teachers. On this theory, a child will grow into a whole person with a plethora of virtues and be self-directing, aiming for goods in life. That does not mean they will be without internal struggle or “tension”–because the Golden Mean is not necessarily about balance but rather specifically about tensions and a forming harmony of the self. I thank the young ladies I met at Teen Parent East (now known as The Chiles Academy) for this theory, whose virtues were abundant, as well as my Mom, friends, family and professors. (And babies!)