Definition Emporium? What is a Definition of Emporium? Is an Idea Emporium different from an idea market, idea mall, idea space, idea place?
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- What's an Emporium, Anyway? -
I like the sound of the word, emporium, and the image it conjures up in my mind.
Emporium meaning (to me at least):
So, yes, definition emporium, a marketplace or center of trade.
At an idea emporium, the trade is in ideas - ideas of all kinds, all sorts.
What do I want in exchange? Because the definition of emporium, some kind of market place, large store, means things aren't to be grabbed from the shelves, tossed away as if without value.
But what, more precisely, am I offering? - because "ideas" is a big and vague word? Most of the ideas are about human nature - such as about our all-too-frequent capacity for violence, rage, destructiveness, cutting off from others.
The ideas / opinions / understandings / conclusions are based on years of thought, experience, reading, and research. That doesn't mean they are accurate, in line with reality - but it does mean that they are not "just opinions" ("just opinions" referring to ideas people have, with no thought, research, questioning put into the opinions).
I offer, I hope, thought-provoking questions and thought-provoking analyses based on critical thinking, on good thinking that takes into account all that it can.
I offer viewpoints that are aimed to add to our culture's ongoing discussion on how to make this world a safer place for all people.
I present theories about human nature, explorations of current events, perspectives that can be global, theoretical, psychoanalytic, psychological, feminist, multicultural, ecological, environmental – and more.
More: I look at some fallacies - glitches in thinking - that are currently so common and widely accepted that many people are outraged when the fallacies are challenged. Then, I explore how fallacies may have a huge impact on our ability to perceive what is happening.
I look at the interaction between emotion and thought, between emotion and the capacity for critical thinking, for reality-based perception and decision-making. I look at, for instance, the role of the denial of reality , of the screening out of aspects of reality, in everyday life as well as big political events.
Other topics and issues: narcissism, rage, change, development, successful strategies, dangerous strategies, implementing positive plans into positive realities, ethics, religious fundamentalism worldwide and its role in limiting critical thinking and therefore also social development.
More: aggression, love, shame, caring, empathy, anger, hatred, jealousy, greed; pathological and healthy inner states of being; and ways of moving toward the less pathological / dysfunctional / destructive.
Even more topics: rights movements – anti-racist, feminist, gay and lesbian, children's rights, animal rights, the rights of the poor, disability rights – and how these rights movements are connected, not just to justice but to an increased capacity for empathy with others. On the other hand, rights movements have their pitfalls as well, and I explore some of these dangers - dangers that can come from both in the anger often released and even encouraged by some rights movements, and also in the (sometimes common) liberal silence/lack of assertiveness of those from dominant groups when dealing with those from oppressed groups. There is a psychological disturbance called "identification with the oppressor" – but at present one is at least as likely to see a similarly unhealthy "identification with the oppressed".
If this is all too much in one huge helping, that's fine. It's an emporium - walk around, see what attracts you. These are topics I've thought about and researched and worked on for years.
Now I will be bringing them out into the world, to join the world of ideas – which will include your comments, feedback, amplifications, disagreements.
So, The Idea Emporium. Offerings on human nature, human possibilities, human limitations. Questions that have no definite rigid answer, but where a lot of thinking and research have been done, by many people. My father, myself, and so many others.
I've taught some of these ideas for years.
But the ideas aren't some fixed thing, like dead butterflies. I keep exploring, looking at world events and small incidents. I've written every now and then, including two long and deep explorations - one on the personal impact of identifying with a human rights movement (gender, race, class, sexual orientation); the other on the "manfear" factor, the role of the fear of male violence on the lives of both women and men. Then, this February, a tiny incident got me writing once more, in an area where I have done much exploring, researching and teaching. I brought the article to my classes - and then, as I am creating this site, I am making a home for the idea, a home where it can be seen and can in this way get further out into the world.
We will see what happens.