What does manipulation mean? Is is negative or positive? natural? are there times when manipulation is a good action to take? Do we feel differently about manipulation whether we
What does manipulation mean? Is is negative or positive? natural? are there times when manipulation is a good action to take? Do we feel differently about manipulation whether we are being manipulated or feel the necessity to manipulate? Think, if we know there will be a certain outcome, is doing something that will ensure the outcome be considered manipulation? If you change parts of yourself you believe to be dysfunctional is that manipulation? Does morality affect the way manipulations are perceived? how about intentions?
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In the last session, topic “Outcomes” we talked about the distinction between the outcomes that are affected by good versus wrong intentions as well as the contradictions that allow for some occurrences of bad intentions causing positive outcomes. We spoke about whether manipulating an action so you achieve the projected outcome can be seen as both positive and negative outcomes depending on the intentions. We came to a consensus that the best way to get acquainted with understanding someone’s intentions based on their outcome is through conversation. Through discussion we can come to know many different point of views that could in turn affect our own, making us more aware of a broader scope of explanations. We explored the affects of power and control on the possibility of outcomes, offering Buddhism as an example of how to accept the way things are while hoping on morality for restoring karma/responsibility.
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