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Here is the original Serenity Prayer as probably written by American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.Wisdom is the hardest part to learn. It comes with age, through trial and error between the acceptance and the courage parts in order to learn from feedback whether or not a change in a certain situation was warranted, with ethical and psychological analyses, and with study and contemplation.
Here is the Reward and Consent Cognitive Behavioral Ethics amendment:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, wisdom to know the difference, and wisdom to know the things I should not change even if I could.I believe we all possess the fortitude to solve enormous cases of injustice, and we should do so when we find the energy. Much of this involves keeping a keen lookout for the good things in life and then to dwell in them and to praise them authentically, though not to change them, for who needs to change the Good?
After all, this is what I do as I set out to help break the world's addiction to punishment run amok, even if I may not see the changes in my lifetime. See the introduction to this blog, please, over in the right-hand column of the stable section of the landing page.
It should go without saying, what Applied Behavior Analy$i$ fails to grasp, is that 1) if you set out to modify someone else's behavior, you always need the consent of the recipient of the mod, whether or not it's a fully informed consent, and furthermore, 2) any behavior modifier must always consent to reasonable attempts by others, no matter how cognizant and able the counter-controllers happen to be or not to be, to modify their behaviors in return. ABA doesn't get the second maxim either.
Directly related posts:
Anna Kosovskaya escapes the Judge Rotenberg Center of Applied Behavior Analysis electroshock "treatment/torture": Anna's self-reported adventures with interviewer analysis.
Applied Behavior Analysis is abusive. Reward and Consent's Cognitive Behavioral Method is a viable alternative.
Applied Behavior Analysis (Analy$i$) never learns. It officially approved electroshock torture once again.