Monday, March 25, 2013

Oscillation - Learning a lesson

I was having a discussion with a family member recently about raising kids. Of course, since I don't have any human children, any information I attempt to add to the conversation is immediately dismissed as not having any worth. I am use to it but the conversation does get misdirected or completely collapses at this point.

Nevertheless, it did get far enough for me to form an example of how I view the learning process and how it can be applied to a wide variety of situations.

When you begin trying to teach a youngling new ideas and concepts, they often make mistakes. These mistakes can be enough of a lesson in themselves or can require more emphasis by the teacher. Some like to bring the big "SIN" word in and use guilt as their tool to teach. I try to look at most incidents as "cause" and "effect", simply a "mistake" or "mis-step" and a lesson to be learn, in my view, a better way to do something.

If the youngling survives its mistake, then you determine the next course of action according to the maturity and intelligence of the subject. This "youngling" could be a six-month old human or all of humanity, to show how vast this concept can be applied. So what they might comprehend from the mistake or lesson is quite different depending on their maturity.

After a few collapses of society, what is remembered, evaluated, and passed on may change. Some of this is due to how well we communicate (papyrus, stone, transistors, etc.) and our view of our world.

I tend to think spiritually in a global manner when it comes to lessons we are teaching ourselves as a society and think of this Intelligent Totality as my parent(s). What part of a lesson applies to me?

Our world has become very complex, growing quickly in many directions. Profit seems to drive much of what the rich and powerful do without regard to the effects on humans and their environment. Few truly believe we borrow this planet from the future whether or not they have family that will need it, or will return ourselves, finding a garbage can over-flowing where the earth once was.

In that case, will the rise and fall of civilization be remembered? If so, will we continue in our selfish abuse of resources, or perhaps choose a better path for our one tribe? Will the losses we suffer to humanity and the environment be enough or will humanities elders need be more heavy-handed in their guidance?

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