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Rec 265 Day 1- 1/29/16

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REC 160 Notes 1/15/16 Classical Meanings Ancient Greeks   Leisure as the “good” life of right choices/leisure as spiritual  Concept of a work ethic was not understandable o Work and labor had to be done to survive; BUT work was for lower classes and  slaves   “Schole”­ where “school” comes from, all about learning, contemplation, math, history,  art, debates, etc Ancient China  Similar to Greeks, Leisure as life balance  People with privilege and wealth  Becoming smarter, better both mentally and physically Muhammad’s Early Empire  Different than Greek/china; not about bettering yourself  Leisure as relaxation (reserved for wealthy) Ancient New World societies (Mayans, Aztecs, Indians)  Leisure as ceremony; way to pay homage to God  o Included human sacrifices Medieval Europe…Middle Ages (after the fall of Rome)  Catholic church/Pope ran shit  Leisure as sinful  “Idle hands is the Devil’s playground” The Renaissance  Leisure as Humanism Ancient Rome: Expanded Example  (*ROME IS NOT GREECE!!!)  Leisure as spectacle  About 200BC, height was 200BC­400AD  “Bread and Circuses” –Tacitus says, “Through the sweetness of leisure Augustus seduced one and all”  o i.e. If you keep people fed and entertained they won’t revolt  Mass Spectacles o Examples: Chariot races, heated public baths, parades, rowdy theatre, athletics,  mock battles; AKA Mass entertainment o Most occurred in The Colosseum o Kept them from overthrowing government Christian View: idolatry   Christians should not watch gladiator combats  But they did just like everyone else Conclusion  Did Roman society’s ability to deal with mass leisure in a positive way lead to their  downfall? o Large percentage of American’s not aware of current government/history 1/20/16 Parallels to Contemporary Leisure Debate Question: Today’s use of spectacle in the US parallels that of ancient Rome ­no, we are completely different, reasoning on why that statement is not true  No killings, instead winnings  People pay to watch  Pro­athletes, movie stars, they chose to be athletes, they weren’t slaves  Government officials elected  We have basic rights & freedoms, don’t feel the need to revolt  Spectators have opposing reactions to romans  Experiental Project #1 – Ancient Legacies: Homework Part  DUE MONDAY No more than one page, printed  Which of the ancient society would you like to live in?  Why does that type of leisure appeals to you/why it sounds the best to you Exam Question: (3­4 sentences) The ancient Greek term for Leisure was “Schole.” What does this term suggest  about how the “good life of leisure” was meant for the ancient Greeks? In what  ways is their definition of leisure different from our own? Leisure Qualities: What were some if the values or beliefs about the nature of leisure for you? ­I value risk in my leisure, always active as a child and adult Qualities (benefits of leisure) Freedom Humor Intrinsic reward Relaxation Happiness  Ritual  Pleasure Solitude Play Commitment Risk Spirituality 1/25/16 How spirituality makes us healthy:  See life as a precious gift  Care for others  Self contentment  Personal reflection Spiritual health test: 3, 2, 3, 4, 4,3, 3 = 22 Great health Types of Intelligence 1. IQ – Intellectual (rational) intelligence  Use to solve problems (logical or strategic)  Very easy to test, figure out 2. EQ – emotional intelligence  Awareness of own and others feelings  Without EQ your IQ doesn’t need much, EQ is necessary 3. SQ – Spiritual intelligence or spiritual quotient   Finding life meaning   According to Zohar & Marshall collective SQ is low in modern society  Volunteering, spending time in nature, relationships (family and friends), relaxing increase SQ  How can you find out someone’s spiritual intelligence? Sometimes you can’t  How might leisure help us increase our SQ?  Using leisure to improve individual and collective SQ  Decycles (nutritionally and spiritually testimonials) “bicycle ministry” “ride beyond  belief” “looking for truth and joy” Josef Pieper: People must achieve leisure as one of the fundamental powers of the human  soul  “Without leisure we aren’t human beings” Roots of leisure as Spirituality (Greeks thought leisure provided 4 essential qualities of the idea culture) 1. Education: leisure is ideal for self­improvement (Paideia­ culture, pedo­ root of  pedagogy, schole­ school) 2. Free will: leisure is ideal for making wise choices (freedom TO choose vs. freedom  from) 3. Virtue: Leisure is ideal for doing what’s right (natural justice= justice is lacking when  something exceeds proper bounds.. (origin of natural law. “Know thyself, Nothing in  excess”) 4. Civil society: leisure is ideal for making good citizens (the natural life collective) “You  don’t need laws telling people what to do bc they’ll do the right thing and help people” EXAM QUESTION : To the ancient Greeks, leisure contained the qualities of ideal culture. Describe these 4 qualities,  and then determine the vitality of today’s culture according to each of them. That is, do we have  lots of spirituality in leisure? Why or why not? 1/27/16 Intrinsic reward: the benefit of doing something is the satisfaction gained from doing it;  example: intrinsically enjoy going to the Rec Center Freedom: freedom to choose, to do what one wants – a perception Activity: experiencing intrinsic reward and freedom  Paper airplane activity: 1  time: fun 2  time: controls, goal, rules, took away some  freedom  Our experience: o Perception vs. actual o Impact of adding extrinsic reward (bonus point) Types of intrinsic rewards:  To be stimulated  To accomplish  To know  Women are much more intrinsically motivated than men Distinction:  Freedom “to” – Freedom “From” o Freedom “to” = personal choice o Freedom “from” = something that is earned..going to work to earn vacation days  Leisure means the possibility of choices  Bregha’s ideas: o Possessing personal qualities (physical, mental, emotional) (Nix’s cave field trip  in college) o Having the “means” (example: flying to paris for a day) o Receiving permission (from society, spouse, etc)  It is hard to have freedom “to”, pure form of freedom  Intrinsic reward and freedom “to” are considered the “baseline” qualities of leisure. o Without these two qualities you do not have leisure Commitment Defined:  Seriousness & intensity about leisure  Serious Leisure: o Long term o High standard of performance o High intrinsic reward o High life priority o With like­minded others o Identifying the self with the activity o Seek increasing skill levels **Don’t get into this for a pay check ***goal of getting into Olympics would make it an extrinsic motivator 1/29/16 Frivolous Research?  Norms of social hierarchy  Mental and physical health  Preparation for adulthood Types of animal play  Solitary  Play fighting  Object  Simple social: one or more animals playing with each other using objects/landscapes  Complex social: two or more animals playing with each other using nothing (ex.  Dolphins jumping together) New research on animals and laughter… Exam Question: Name and describe the 3 things necessary for freedom “to” according to Bregha’s  investigations. Accordingly, also determine whether you have leisure as freedom “to” or  freedom “from” in your life. Meanings in Humanities Origin of the word “fun”=  Late 17  century  From olde English fon, or fool (ex. Court jester)  What are the humanities?  Subject is the human experience  Record of human experience  Interprets the meaning of life  “What is life to be a human being?” Humanism: a philosophy that celebrates the worth and dignity of an individual, that  celebrates humanity. Humanism became popular during the Renaissance. Impressionism &Romanticism Impressionism:  All about light, how light reflects  Immediate impression  Paris, 1870­1910  A lot of impressionists were French  Romanticism th  Early 19  century  An attitude more than a style  Trusting in subjective experience  Especially feelings from nature Legacies for Today 1. Outdoor Preservation: to preserve/protect something… photography & videos to portray  to people what an area is like 2. Ideas about tourism:  a. Travel to the country is more refreshing than the city


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