August 31, 2013
What is Stimulus Space Response? On the lighter end of the spectrum, it is a term in communication theory within the symbolic interactionism concept. On the heavier end, in the philosophical world, it is what makes us uniquely human, it is what separates us from animals. How? Because unlike animals we have a space between what happens to us and our response to what happens to us, therefore we can utilize our inherent freedom of choice on how to use that space AND how to respond to what has happened to us.
What makes us uniquely human? That is pretty heavy if you ask me. Shout out to the opposable thumb. If one wanted to take a scientific view I’m sure there are other specific parts of the brain and human anatomy that make us uniquely human. Hey, if you know what they are, write a blog about them 🙂 The purpose of this blog is for me to write about what I have learned in my studies of philosophy, spirituality, self improvement, personal development, and self actualization.
Reading books and more frequently listening to audio books by Napoleon Hill, Charles Haanel, Andrew Carnegie, Dale Carnegie, Stephen Covey, Tony Robbins, Richard Bandler, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle and others have all had profoundly positive effects on my life. I want to share the information, what I have learned, how I have applied the lessons, and how I think others can benefit from the general principles that the authors write about. I also feel that writing about the material, what I learned, and how I changed will provide an additional layer of evolution to my growth. Lastly, these philosophy/spirituality/self help blogs serve as an additional layer of a five part media writing portfolio I am building.
I would like to combine all five blogs into one website and present the material like a digital newspaper/magazine akin to VICE, Huffington Post, and The Guardian. The other blogs will be about hard news/journalism, business/economics, pro wrestling/mma, and sports. These are all subjects I am passionate about and would like to become a professional reporter/writer of. I received my bachelor’s degree in media communications from Northeastern Illinois University this past May. I want to make sure that I am applying what I have learned, that I am keeping my writing skills sharp, that I am staying productive as a person, and that I am working towards my overall goal achievement desires.
Without the books and authors I will be writing about in this blog I would be lost. I would not have graduated from university, I would not know who I am, or what I want in life. I would confuse being a consumer of material goods with purpose. I would confuse my friends and family with my enemies. I would confuse personality for character. I would confuse tasks with goals and activity with achievement. I would confuse my schedule with my priorities. I would confuse my comfort zone with my lot in life. I would confuse nervousness with excitement. I would confuse my ego with my soul.
I believe a lot of people have the same confusions, and I personally know many who do as well. I do not confuse myself with a guru or a qualified teacher. I am at present, very much, an amateur. But I aspire to be a professional. Jeff Bridges, a philosopher of Dudeism recently said on an episode of The Nerdist podcast that being a professional means “doing it even when you don’t feel like it.” My mind and body started tingling when I heard that. It felt like a missing piece of my mental/emotional puzzle had been dropped into my lap. This blog, as well as my others are me taking an additional step towards being a professional writer. The material I will be writing about in this blog helped me to lay the foundation internally for which I will be building upon externally with my writing.
I want to help, I believe I can help. I may be an amateur but I can help you by being a reblogger of philosophical/spiritual/self help information. Welcome to Stimulus Space Response, I look forward to our journey together.