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Mindlessness:
What it Looks Like
    
Shaun Kerry, M.D.
Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

It is purposefully deceptive. Elaborate, expensive buildings conceal the real functional impairment of the school system.

When we do not cultivate the ability to use our minds at a

higher level, we often loose the capacity to do so.  Without proper development and stimulation, certain mental processes can literally be shut-down.  Instead of acting mindfully in their lives, mindless people are governed by negative thoughts that emerge from their unconscious mind to fill the void.

Many of us have encountered mindless individuals in our schools, such as the teachers who stick strictly to the textbooks, without animating the printed words through the use of demonstrations and examples. They are the teachers who suppress any studentsí effort to introduce innovative and creative ideas into the classroom, because such additions deviate from the curriculum.    

     
They are the
 administrators who are unwilling to transform an obsolete educational system for fear of harming their vested interests.  These individuals have essentially sacrificed the mindful qualities of humor, empathy, judgment and humanity in their mindless pursuit of power and control.

Mindless people are self-centered, and deny their
social responsibility.  They abdicate their responsibility as rulers of their own democracy.  They lack the wisdom to know the difference between what they can change, and what they cannot.  Mindless people lack a sense of purpose, and have no system of personal record keeping and organization.  They are incapable of feeling real empathy.  They may manipulate and use other people.

Mindless people deny responsibility for their behavior, and instead blame others.  Though they are unable to control themselves, they seek to exercise power and control over the lives of other human beings; this is the most central cause of damage by mindless people at the interpersonal level. Often, such individuals are pseudo intellectual, writing and speaking in a dry, academic, and verbose style, yet their sentiments are void of any real substance.  These are the people, who, lacking any sense of direction, go around in a rat race of meaningless activity.  These people are the products of our present educational system.

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