For thousands of years, man has studied the movements of the stars and planets and deciphered meaning from them. In this search for the meaning of life, we have created stories and employed science to understand our genesis and existence.
How should we educate our children and improve circumstances for future generations? This question might not seem related to the previous comment, but the line of human evolution is comprised of links between what we think and believe about where we come from, to what we hope for our children and aspirations for future generations. This unseen chain with links between the past, present, and future join together to form our experience of life.
The work of building a school makes visible our spiritual and political belief systems and institutionalizes it outwardly. A school can be a powerful vehicle to better the lives of many others, but it can also subjugate and traumatize whole generations, much like a nuclear family that is dysfunctional. (Think of the Native Americans being forced to learn English ways and customs in schools.) Self-knowledge and the expression of our beliefs in organizations and group systems effects the way we educate children, the way we conduct courts of law and government, and the way we provide healthcare, and other institutional functions. If we want to change our current institutions, then we must start with ourselves and our belief systems about what we are and this directly applies to how we then choose to educate children.
We must make contact with the deeper, cosmic questions that are at the root of our existence and through conversation, hone in on a collective definition that our particular community generates. For most of my life I have been asking questions about education and I have explored newer forms of education: Montessori, Waldorf, Sudbury, homeschooling philosophies. This brought the motivation for starting two private schools, and the motivation for studying all kinds of cosmic topics: astrology, spirituality, meditation, religion. How to improve the conditions of life here on earth has become the main focus of my writing and creative activities.
The average man or woman still must work to food, clothe, and shelter himself and to navigate the fortunate or unfortunate circumstances he or she is born into. We all must deal with the consequences and decisions of past generations in terms of economy and history in our communities. One of my favorite quotes is, “Do what you can with what you have where you are,” and that has been my motto, with very little room for excuses and procrastination. Where I saw a need, I tried to do something to make the situation better even where I probably should not have exercised such presumed responsibility by myself.
In the work of caring for one’s physical needs in this life for food, clothing, and shelter, one must also carve out the time to the search for truth for himself, and make meaning of one’s life. If we can do this, the prize of true inner freedom awaits, but very few desire it, and fewer still are really able to pay the price for it. I have been faced with that dilemma too, sometimes in very painful ways, but I urge anyone to keep searching for truth and meaning with whatever means and amounts you can, as if one is an eagle, scanning the land below for the tiniest signs of movement, even a mouse or a mole.
Not everyone will enjoy, need or want to go on a hunt for these deeper, cosmic questions, but I have never been one to worry about my popularity. So, if others find it helpful, I am honored to contribute my story to whoever will listen because ultimately, untold stories are wasted pain. At least if I tell my story, the pain of living through all of it is not wasted because someone else might learn from it. Read more.