|Re-Inventing Ancestors (standard:Editorials, 687 words)|
|Author: GXD||Added: Nov 07 2008||Views/Reads: 1900/0||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Up to the middle of the 20th Century, family traditions were good enough as a guide to the mysteries of life. Well, now it's a new Century and tradition no longer works. You have to re=invent your own father and mother !!!|
Re-inventing Ancestors All "children" must learn -- from the outset -- to re-invent their parents. The earlier this is done, the less conflict will such a child have to resolve internally. In order to do this, the child must be equipped with tools for discriminating among (A) parental values (where long-term influence is often the rule; (B) values of the local external culture, (which is much richer and more transient than yesteryear); and (C) values adopted from more distant cultures on this planet. When parental survival has been nourished by all nature, and there is modest but adequate opportunity for a child to enrich its existence through all the senses, the child needs tools to distinguish between actions that contribute to survival and other actions that provide intense instant gratification but have long-term destructive consequences. Two barriers arise here: 1. Very often, it becomes folklore that given acts or behaviors are reprehensible and must be suppressed. In reviewing the consequences of this suppression, it is clear that historically, humans have compiled elegant and informative histories of making the same error again and again. And repeating this ad infinitum. 2. The other barrier is instant gratification for an emotional boost. This, too has its merits and drawbacks. At what point in a child's development is it most useful to provide the needed tool, so the child can choose and emulate parental values that provide long-range enrichment and contribute to survival, comfort, fulfillment and meaning? Where is the companion tool so the child can recognize arbitrary, trivial, erosive and damaging parental behavior and consciously reject this threat to survival, comfort, fulfillment and meaning? Since the same arguments apply to local and world populations as well as to individual siblings, I need not belabor this point. This second tool the child needs is imaginative resources that can be built, block by block, into new tools for new value systems that transcend parental, sibling, local, transient and world cultures as they continue to evolve during the 21st Century. This kind of a tool enables the child to "invent" its own ancestors with a passion and a fervor that will carry it joyously through each living second of its 250-year lifespan, until the cell-blueprints have drifted too far from ideal. The twin goals of survival and fulfillment are among many other human needs that must be met. Here is an example of one challenge: Many machines have become available to us over the past few centuries This trend may well continue for some time into the next century. It takes many workers to maintain the machines (autos, appliances, etc.). This occupies time for serving the needs of the machine. The proliferation of machines during the 20th Century alone occupies an enormous amount of time and effort for extracting and processing raw materials, exploiting crops and distributing them all over the surface of the planet. In order to generate the immense physical volume of machines needed for human use, armies of human workers were once occupied in manufacturing these machines, in harvesting crops, in transporting goods by land, sea and air. During the latter part of the 20th Century, the simpler tasks of many workers were taught to many kinds of automated, decision-making, electronically programmable machines (essentially, robots) and the human workers who performed these tasks are being replaced by more machines. Consequently, the displaced human workers are forced to choose between upgrading skills in order to continue as (A) maintenance workers, or upgrading their skills in order to continue as (B) supervisors of the batteries of sophisticated machines that generate the world's material essentials. We are rapidly approaching a point where the needs of our machines are beginning to exceed the needs of the humans who serve them. Think about that for a while. What does it imply? Is that the intentional future you visualize? This dilemma needs to be resolved before a child can be educated. It is the prime reason for inventing your ancestors. Mommy and Daddy never had to face a challenge of this kind. Seattle WA - October 22, 2000 - Gerald X. Diamond - All rights reserved Tweet
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