Week 2: Describe Limits Assignment
Humanities 100 Online

  Course Guide  

 If you have the courage to think through a problem, you sometimes come to a point where you realize there is no technical solution. You realize that you have certain material and moral limits to what you can do to solve the problem.  Just as you learn your physical limits (how much you can drink, how far you can swim, how long you can go without sleep), you also learn your psychological and intellectual limits. 

Your writing assignment for your journal is in two parts:

First, look up "reciprocal altruism" in a search engine like Google or Yahoo.  Read enough to be able to describe briefly what reciprocal altruism means and the conditions necessary for it to occur (100 words or less). Quote from a source and set off the quote and source to receive credit--like this:

"To be or not to be, that is the question."  Hamlet,  William Shakespeare.


The second part of the assignment requires that you give a specific example of your use of each of the rules below and whether or not acting such has helped you define limits. Also include a 6th rule--the Hindu Golden Rule (not the Christian Golden Rule). Just search "golden rule" but identify the website/source as you did in the reciprocal altruism assignment. Explain the difference between a positive and negative golden rule.  What kind of a rule is "Do for others as they wish done for them as long as it causes thee no harm?;:" 

Rule 1:  Define and be able to express your standards, e.g., I told my spouse that I could forgive infidelity once but never again.

Rule 2:  Don't think and act out of context.  This is especially true for people from low context cultures (I do it my way) living in high context cultures (we don't do things that way around here). Also, do not be bullied or bully in the context, e.g.,  Since my home is my castle and basic context, when I visit another's castle, I treat them as they wish to be treated, not necessarily as I would myself.

Rule 3:  Don't bluff.  Interpersonal consistency (truthful, sincere, and unaffected) is the first virtue of thoughtfulness.

Rule 4:  Don't feel obliged to have an opinion.

Rule 5. Master your self.

Rule 6: ?