Michael Barberi

We are influenced by many social others: religious leaders, peers, family, civic and legal leaders, institutions etc. These social others are also influenced by time and place, as we. If one behavior of we expect to imitate conflicts or is in tension with another behavior by another social other, we make judgments about higher and lower human values or desires. We tend to prioritize. Most people of faith place a higher and lower value on desires in terms of what they believe to be pleasing to God, what behaviors are judged by others to be right and wrong, and necessary for salvation, happiness, etc.

I get it. It raises many complex questions that I would rather raise as the course becomes more specific and I can tie my questions or comments to more practical things…for lack of a better term.