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The Challenge of Living Authentically


Do you ever feel alone and isolated, awash in an ocean of EnshrinedMediocrities? (It's counterproductive to pine for the companionship of others when shipwrecked on a leper island.)


Are you sometimes punished for being yourself by the superficially charming who indulge the pretentious posturing of blowhard buffoons? (Possibly you're an experienced realist who is equally perceptive -- or prone to being long-winded, or both!)


Living authentically -- to actually be authentic -- requires operating by The Threefold Policy:


* BE DIRECT


* DEAL STRAIGHT


* REMAIN CIVILIZED


(The phrasing is 100% self-contained and 100% self-explanatory; there isn't anything "relative" or "equivocal" or "mysterious" or "complicated" about it.)


The overwhelming majority of people find it well-nigh impossible to live by even one of these principles, much less all three. (It isn't a matter of inability, but of unwillingness.)


Adhering to The Threefold Policy predictably results in The Social Trident:


* RIDICULE


* HOSTILITY


* OSTRACISM


The Social Trident understandably makes many if not most wary of even attempting The Threefold Policy.


(People who think for themselves are rarely invited to people's parties.)


Exchanging sanity for "security" derived from group indentification ultimately proves illusory and transitory (at best).


It's easier to PlayOstrich and conveniently avoid (read: evade) dealing with these issues. But they always lurk in the background -- in a mirror, darkly -- by which self-esteem (or lack thereof) is reflected in everyday life.


Striving to live authentically does not per se entail the hubris of a "Look at me!" megalomania. (Those who don't typically contend otherwise -- to fog the issue and cover their tracks.) The process not-so-simply hinges on being true to one's self, on not being a well-adjusted slave-by-choice to groupthink.


This ongoing course will explore these and other aspects of life and living in the here and now in an attempt to shed light on how to better live authentically -- and live to tell.


ProgressiveModules - EXERCISES IN REALITY


Embattled and war-weary survivors will be conscripted into an ever-expanding support network -- or evil cult. (A sense of humor always helps.)



P R E S E N T E D    B Y

Thomas Martin, Hs.D.
INTERNATIONALLY  REVILED  AUTHOR  OF
"How  To  Be  Normal  ( Like  Me ! )"



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The Sacramento chapter of normalsociety.org presents The Challenge of Living Authentically (COLA) at no charge to attend and the event is open to the public.


FEBRUARY  19th,  2011

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Saturday @ 11:AM



JANUARY  15th,  2011

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Saturday @ 11:AM



DECEMBER  18th,  2010

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Saturday @ 11:AM



NOVEMBER  20th,  2010

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Saturday @ 11:AM



OCTOBER  16th,  2010

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Saturday @ 11:AM



SEPTEMBER  18th,  2010

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Saturday @ 11:AM



AUGUST  21st,  2010

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Saturday @ 11:AM



JULY  17th,  2010

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Saturday @ 11:AM



JUNE  19th,  2010

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Saturday @ 11:AM



MAY  15th,  2010

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Saturday @ 11:AM



APRIL  17th,  2010

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Saturday @ 11:AM



MARCH  20th,  2010

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Saturday @ 11:AM



MARCH  12th,  2009

ProgressiveModule
RAT  RACE  ALTERNATIVES

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Thursday @ 7:PM



FEBRUARY  12th,  2009

ProgressiveModule
RAT  RACE  ALTERNATIVES

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Thursday @ 7:PM



JANUARY  8th,  2009

ProgressiveModule
RAT  RACE  ALTERNATIVES

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Thursday @ 7:PM



DECEMBER  11th,  2008

ProgressiveModule
RAT  RACE  ALTERNATIVES

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Thursday @ 7:PM



NOVEMBER  13th,  2008

ProgressiveModule
RAT  RACE  ALTERNATIVES

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Thursday @ 7:PM



OCTOBER  9th,  2008

ProgressiveModule
RAT  RACE  ALTERNATIVES

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Thursday @ 7:PM



JUNE  19th,  2008

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Thursday @ 7:PM



MAY  15th,  2008

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Thursday @ 7:PM



APRIL  17th,  2008

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Thursday @ 7:PM



MARCH  20th,  2008

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Thursday @ 7:PM



FEBRUARY  21st,  2008

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Thursday @ 7:PM



JANUARY  17th,  2008

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Thursday @ 7:PM



DECEMBER  6th,  2007

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Thursday @ 7:PM



NOVEMBER  15th,  2007

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Thursday @ 7:PM



OCTOBER  4th,  2007

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Thursday @ 7:PM



SEPTEMBER  20th,  2007

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Thursday @ 7:PM



AUGUST  2nd,  2007

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Thursday @ 7:PM



JULY  12th,  2007

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Thursday @ 7:PM



MARCH  5th,  2007

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Belle Cooledge Library
5600 South Land Park Drive

Monday @ 7:PM



FEBRUARY  26th,  2007

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Belle Cooledge Library
5600 South Land Park Drive

Monday @ 7:PM



FEBRUARY  19th,  2007

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Belle Cooledge Library
5600 South Land Park Drive

Monday @ 7:PM



FEBRUARY  12th,  2007

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Belle Cooledge Library
5600 South Land Park Drive

Monday @ 7:PM



FEBRUARY  5th,  2007

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Belle Cooledge Library
5600 South Land Park Drive

Monday @ 7:PM



JANUARY  22nd,  2007

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Belle Cooledge Library
5600 South Land Park Drive

Monday @ 7:PM



OCTOBER  23rd,  2006

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Belle Cooledge Library
5600 South Land Park Drive

Monday @ 7:PM



OCTOBER  2nd,  2006

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Belle Cooledge Library
5600 South Land Park Drive

Monday @ 7:PM



SEPTEMBER  25th,  2006

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Belle Cooledge Library
5600 South Land Park Drive

Monday @ 7:PM



AUGUST  28th,  2006

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Belle Cooledge Library
5600 South Land Park Drive

Monday @ 7:PM



AUGUST  7th,  2006

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Belle Cooledge Library
5600 South Land Park Drive

Monday @ 7:PM



JULY  31st,  2006

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Belle Cooledge Library
5600 South Land Park Drive

Monday @ 7:PM



JULY  17th,  2006

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Monday @ 7:PM



JULY  10th,  2006

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Monday @ 7:PM



JULY  3rd,  2006

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Monday @ 7:PM



JUNE  19th,  2006

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Monday @ 7:PM



JUNE  5th,  2006

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Monday @ 7:PM



MAY  22nd,  2006

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Monday @ 7:PM



MAY  8th,  2006

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Monday @ 7:PM



APRIL  24th,  2006

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Belle Cooledge Library
5600 South Land Park Drive

Monday @ 7:PM



APRIL  17th,  2006

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Boulevard

Monday @ 7:PM



APRIL  10th,  2006

COLA
The  Challenge  of  Living Authentically

Belle Cooledge Library
5600 South Land Park Drive

Monday @ 7:PM






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