I’ve been reflecting for some time on the role that education has in shaping our world and the world that our children will inhabit. These are the initial stages of some of my investigations and meditations. These are not fully-formed or conclusive, but an ongoing, evolving and deepening understanding of processes and forces at play in human consciousness and society….
Education on the whole, follows a model of competitiveness and trains the individual to function within a materialistic society where stimulation and gratification of the senses is important. Emphasis is on fitting in and fulfilling materialistic goals at all costs ; and with less and less care and attention is given to the weak and vulnerable, essentially we are educated to be and live ‘selfishly’, with emphasis on individual, more than group well-being.
As a society we are desensitised to debased behaviour. Over time as we have lost a sense of community, family relationships are breaking down and through the sexuualisation of children and women we no longer know how to hold a vision of equality based on respect . Children and teenagers find few strong inspiring role models to show them a positive and fulfilling way through life.
I’m very concerned about how to sustain spiritual values in a world that has so many conflicting desires and where materialistic values have become the religion of the times. What is highlighted for me through my contact with young people is how heavily sexualised Western culture is and the enormous pressure on young people to look and behave in ways that fit in with this conditioning; I have noticed the issue of teenage ‘rights’ to have fun (party) and how this sits with adults’ responsibility to teach them how to live well; reconciling our responsibility to the planet and humanity to establish right relationship with the established expectation of teenage behaviour (and potential/inevitable consequences of living in small closed/ selfish – learned- service to self patterns and structures) and how to change beliefs expectations and orientation whilst engendering a sense of fulfillment and upliftment with a realistic view of place within society in this period of transition….
While there is True/divine love uniting a family, the family (and the child) is strong and healthy (in all regards). For this love to flourish naturally the connection with the land (the mother) must be strong, so it seems to subjugate the people, taking their land from them undermines their connection with nature (mother) and their natural ways of connecting through True/ divine love
If a child cannot be raised in this atmosphere then the fabric of society is eroded and a truly healthy connection with the Divine in oneself is eroded; Right relations are seriously skewed and distorted and many subsequent errant behaviours ensue
Give people space and their connection with nature God and themselves will flourish.
Eventually, education will be to develop in its fullest sense, the spirituality of the child .