Connectivism – relation with religious beliefs, opportunities and challenges

I really enjoyed George’s presentation on openness under Education.

He mentioned the tools that are typically used for open content, expression, creation, sharing, and aggregation in education, and how one could exploit those tools in open education as educators.

 George insights into the use of the tools prompted me to think about the religious beliefs that are around in the forum discussion of Timeless Wisdom.

How are the tools and technology being used in spreading religious beliefs? 

Religious beliefs are complicated and are easily associated with any connections – under connectivism.  Is this another niche area in openness?

The deepest tao cannot be expressed, it is a state of mind. That was learnt in my high school. “Tao that is told is not the tao. It is not easily understood”.

Being a Catholic (and a Christian) myself, I have my religious belief, and so I would treat tao as another way to describe the nature (state of mind) of act and people. 

Are there commonalities in connectivism and religious beliefs?

Is it true that the more one interacts or connects with others, the more one could reveal the “knowledge” of nature, and the more we learn in a network?  And will this result in distributed learning in a network?  To what extent is it true in theory and practice?

Do people spread their religions through “teaching” and/or “connections”/ “actions”?

Are there good “spirit” of nature and the “evils” in the connections?

This is my experience and observation:

Good ones include establishing weak ties that overcome space and time, making friends, communicating and listening, sharing and contributing to communities, spreading the news of peace and harmony, and great love”loving each other”.  And that as learning is distributed amongst network and the PEOPLE, we could appreciate each others’ thoughts with a deeper understanding going beyond any religions, races and cultural backgrounds, age and sex.  We are just born to be natural learners/teachers who are ready to serve each other.

Evil ones include having floods of emails telling me that I have been given sums of money by a widow, and I could get those money by return emails, by revealing my personal details.  This has never happened to me before I joined the course.  Or I am the lucky one, now.  Also the various attractive spams advertising products or services, the deadly evils spams who lure me to their “evil sites” by praising how well I have done.  What a hypocrite from those evils!  And could we stop them?

So there are opportunities of socialising, learning through interaction, growing of faith and hope spiritually, but also challenges to our daily life if too much of ourselves are exposed to the public eyes, when we are invaded by those evils of adult themes, violence, indulgences, spams etc.

If this happens to me, how about others?  How about the educators?  How about the K-12 students?  How will they react?

Are they ready for the opportunities and challenges?

Would it be better be “choosy” in connections?  How could one avoid the spams and evils?  Has technology added or reduced our security of “education” and “life”?

How do you see such timeless wisdom realised in the midst of religion, politics, education through connectivism or network learning?  Is Connectivism a solution towards wisdom?

In summary, I am hesitant in introducing connectivism into or applied in religions due to the complex nature of human and the associated ‘arguments” or “beliefs” underlying the religions. 

Have we understood enough about all religions? 

Is politics and religions still the taboos in education? I don’t know the answer. How about you?

Do these illustrate the importance of learning and education (under connectivism in particular)?

Will religious beliefs overcome some of the side effects (evils) due to the (improper) connections?