Being educated has nothing to do with what other people wrote, or said. Being educated, to me, means tearing things apart and seeing what harm their words caused, what their words reinforced, how their words kept people in place, how they worked to keep the status quo safe, how their words kept men in power, how their words destroyed lives.
Education isn’t about living in the past, believing and dwelling on what happened before. The words of the past are cautionary tales, meant to show us where things went wrong. The words are there to show us the lies, and who benefited from them.
Education is learning to think for yourself, to see the flaws, to recognize the way people are manipulated. Hopefully, future generations, if there are any, will see our mistakes, and never let them happen again. Until we start teaching children to see the lies, and the manipulation, the past will keep repeating itself. Kids have to learn to SEE the mistakes, not just be conditioned to believe what they are told. As long as people bow down to the great masters, who were all men, they won’t be able to think around what they are reading. Like hungry pigs, they will eat up the words and find them delicious, without ever asking where they came from, who died, so they could eat them, what their intentions were and who got richer, and more powerful, because of them.
I don’t believe in “masters,” of anything. One has to remember the church, popes, kings and all the other males, who were in charge. Men who controlled thoughts and words. When you look at it that way, you can see why we can’t just accept what was given to us by the spoiled brats.
I’m not impressed by those who can quote this one or that one. I’m impressed by those who can think for themselves and aren’t fooled by what we are expected to believe, or worship. Maybe it’s just me, but when only one voice, the male voice, can be heard, it doesn’t count. Not at all. It represents, power over others. Seeing through the garbage that is shoved at us, is the only thing that’s important. At least to me.
Real education is teaching children to question everything. To ask them, “What’s wrong with this story? Who benefits from the way it’s written, who gets left out, or harmed by the author’s words? What is it trying to make you believe?” Education is, teaching them to take things apart and see who wrote it and why. To look for the people who suffered because of what was written, to see how got rich on the words. That’s education.
How to think for yourself, is the best gift we can give to a child. How not to obey, or believe what they are told, by people paid to keep them in place, paid to teach them empty words that stick in their throats, words and lies passed from one generation to the next, without ever being questioned. Look where NOT questioning everything has gotten us. The church, the government, any institution, wants you to OBEY, to submit to its patriarchal demands. Education reinforces how the men in power want us to behave…what they want us to believe. That’s what schools are for. To teach kids to shut up, sit down. and believe, what they are told to believe. Parents, who were educated in that system, help the men in power bring up the next generation to obey, by forcing them to read books that are on the required reading lists, etc. Parents are the greatest assets, a culture has, when it comes to bringing up kids to fit into the status quo. To obey, to be ‘GOOD.’
No one wants trouble. That’s how people are kept in place, kept down, controlled. If people had the courage to stand up and fight back, things would change, but they left their personal power, and the ability to think for themselves, at the desk in their classroom, at the alter, in front of the priest, whose kick back is boy candy and people who will do as they are told until they die. Let’s not forget the money given to that greedy group of MEN.
Everything we do is affected by what we were taught. Unless we think outside the school, church, and everything else, we are lost. Our planet is being destroyed. Children are being ripped out of the arms of their mothers, hate speech has become the norm. At least teenagers are standing up and fighting back. They are dragging adults into the light. They are role models for other kids, as well as adults. So far they have one issue, Gun Control. See, that’s the problem. We can’t change the world one issue at a time. We need to go to the root of all the problems, and that means government, religious control. If you get rid of the greedy powerful men in charge, the problems will go away. By going after one problem at a time, we spread ourselves too thin and accomplish nothing.
We need to start educating children how to survive in a world that wants to use them up as a resource for the power machine. We are the workers, being used to feed the rich. We are the slaves, and our drug is to consume. 1984 has been in effect for a long time. Time to stop looking the other way. Time to stop believing what MEN have said in books. Time to reeducate ourselves by looking at what we were taught and seeing it for what it is…a way to control the masses.
Anyway, that’s what I tell kids. You want to be as free as possible? Don’t believe anything they tell you. Think for yourself. NEVER bow down to ANYONE, don’t obey, just because someone tells you to. Walk away. Drop out. You can only play Monopoly by yourself for so long. You can’t have a war, if no one shows up. We have the power, but they brainwashed us into believing that they did. We have been controlled by fear. We need to get over that. It won’t be easy, but it’s the only we we can survive and still remember that life doesn’t have to be constant war and hate. Once we forget that, and accept that all life is, is war and hate, it’s over.
Every book you’ve had to read had an agenda. It had an agenda for those living at the time it was written, and it has an agenda now. It’s called propaganda.
Dick and Jane. How cute. Adorable drawings, that kept women tied to the sink, while men got to go out into the real world and do as they pleased. Men got to come home to clean children, a dog named Spot, and a hot dinner, made by a SMILING woman, wearing a dress and an apron. The woman had no choices at all. None. The man had the power to do anything he liked. That was the control mechanism during that period of time. That’s how they taught kids to be ready for what was coming, when they were adults. Dick and Jane made it perfectly CLEAR, where each gender belonged. They were brainwashed at an early age, by a happy family, in a book for children. See, the happy part is important. The book said, in pictures, if you want to be happy…this is what you have to do. For girls, it meant giving up their dreams and life. For men, it told them the world belonged to them. People didn’t realize what the message was, at the time. They loved the books, that’s why they were printed the way they were. Dick and Jane were not accidents. Dick and Jane were a form of control. It happened then, it’s happening now. Just sayin’.
And ask yourself this: if words aren’t dangerous, why do they imprison authors, artists, the Martin Luther King Jr’s of the world, and all the others who speak out for justice, equality and freedom? Don’t ever kid yourself into believing that what we teach in school isn’t scripted for a reason.