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What is Smiles Matter?

You might be wondering, “What is smiles matter?” After we began masking due to the COVID pandemic, many people noticed a dehumanizing effect. The masks hide our faces, which is a huge part of how we communicate. So, a few people on Twitter started this movement to urge others to smile. And, most importantly, they want to ensure that each person they interact with knows that they’re valued. Below, Ronni Peck explains how and why the Smiles Matter movement started. If you want to learn more, you can check out our full conversation here.

What is Smiles Matter?

Smiles matter is a movement to help re-introduced humanity to our interactions, and to remind people that we see each other as a human being, as a person. This is how that movement got started, and dives into the problems that we have when we cover our faces for months on end in every interaction we have.

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The website describes the movement like this:

We’re a worldwide grassroots social movement focused on PEOPLE, not pathogens.

Faces, not fear.

Humanization, not isolation.

Smiles Matter website

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How and Why #SmilesMatter Started

The reason the movement was started is people wanted to see smiles. Someone proposed wearing a smiley face to Ivor Cummins, who then helped to popularize the idea. Others latched on, including Ronni, and made it into a movement. Simply put, it grew out of a longing to have a real, human connection. Instead of viewing each other as viruses, we can see each other as human beings. In order to do this, we need to remember that other people aren’t just vectors of transmission. Each of us is worthy of respect and dignity, despite what muzzling our faces may seem to indicate.

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According to Wikepedia, "Materialism is a form of philosophical monism that holds that matter is the fundamental substance in nature, and that all things, including mental states and consciousness, are results of material interactions. According to philosophical materialism, mind and consciousness are by-products or epiphenomena of material processes (such as the biochemistry of the human brain and nervous system), without which they cannot exist. This concept directly contrasts with idealism, where mind and consciousness are first-order realities to which matter is subject and material interactions are secondary." Valid Concerns and Good Points At first, it seems to make sense. Much of what we encounter is material. Our food, light, furniture, etc. is all material. It would be easy at first glance to think everything boils down to what is material. But, does that really comport with what we experience and know? Errors of Materialism Materialism leaves out a large chunk of the human experience. First, it fails, like naturalism, to fully account for the supernatural and the spiritual. And, in doing so, it denies free will and many other parts of our experience that are products of the spirit. Also, materialism doesn't allow for the abstract truths we know to be. Moral truths, natural laws, beauty, and even some mathematical truths can't exist if everything is material. So, materialism fails to explain all that we know about the world. Corrections There is more to the world than just the material. It doesn't fit with our understanding of the world. We experience more than just the material in art and music, as well as abstract concepts. We also experience the phenomenon of free will, which is impossible in a materialist world. In order to fully comport with reality, we need to take into account more than material things. In order to fully experience the world, we have to take account for the non-material parts of our lives. Related Episodes in this Series What is Objective Reality? What is Subjective Reality? Unity of Subject and Object The Golden Mean for Understanding Objective and Subjective Reality Naturalism & The Human Person | The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/support
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