We are living through extraordinary times. Pandemic. Political division. Distrust of science. Suspicion about authority. Increased violence against immigrants, LGBTQ folks, and people of color. Social media, new technologies and start-up companies aiming to connect us and make our lives more convenient, may actually lead to a greater sense of isolation.
On the other hand, from the Enlightenment to the present we have survived because of human innovation, rules, authority and collective goodwill. When our political system goes through periods of weakness, as Burke argues, something greater than our individual experience holds us together, a “stupendous wisdom” that “moves on through the varied tenour of perpetual decay, fall, renovation, and progression” (30). For Pope and Burke, we survive because of traditions, institutions and strong faith. For Wordsworth, Douglass and Jefferson, hard work, family and human ingenuity guide us through difficult times. For Swift and Blake, art and literature move us forward, restoring and reforming what is broken, even justifying evil and sickness.
For the final project, please select one of the following authors:
How does your selected author’s work, the ideas that they address, or the political, personal or spiritual projects they promote act as a remedy for one of our current social ills?
Explain what this writer sees as primarily wrong with society or the individual and what they offer as a more healthy and balanced way of living.
What would the world look like if these writers were able to recreate it to their liking?
right with open arms, suggesting confidence and self-control, (Underman Boggs 2011). This is mirrored by the patient, promoting a comfortable atmosphere and allowing the patient to disclose information about their health. Healthcare professionals should consider nonverbal cues expressed by their patients as a way of identifying emotions. For example a ‘slumped, head down posture might indicate low self-esteem’ states Underman Boggs, (2011, p.104). Equally, distances between communicators act as nonverbal messages but what is deemed socially acceptable varies between cultures. In the video the distance is continuously maintained at an equal level which erases perceptions of a power relationship, (Kraszewski and McEwen, 2010). However, in practice the proxemics between the nurse and patient are often broken, such as when giving physical care. In turn, patients of all cultures could misinterpret the actions of care, (Underman Boggs, 2011). Similarly, this relates back to gestures in that different hand movements and signs could be received in offence by other cultures, (Royal Collage of Nursing (RCN) 2004). Therefore, healthcare professionals should have an understanding of cultural diversity and value the differences, otherwise known as ‘respectful curiosity’, (Giger et al., 2007). Furthermore, the use of direct eye contact throughout the ‘Persuasion’ video creates a feeling of credibility and confidence in the speaker which is reinforced by Underman Boggs (2011, p.104) who states that ‘maintaining eye contact communicates honesty’. This therefore enables the patient to trust the speaker in the advice given on lowering sugar intake and strengthens the positive therapeutic relationship that has been identified. However, personal use of this communication in practice can be misjudged and for some cultures prolonged eye contact communicates aggression, (Sellman and Snelling, 2010). Similarly, barriers occur when communicating with patients who have sensory learning disabilities and those on the autistic spectrum who are inclined to avoid eye contact. Research carried out by Phoebe Caldwell (2010) has suggested that the observation and replication of body language, including vocal behaviour, can be used to initiate meaningful conversations, otherwise known as ‘Intensive Interaction’. As the interactions develop they supp>GET ANSWER