Epilogue: The Vast, Empty, Sky-Like Nature of Our Mind

If the example which our behavior exhibits today was the template that would imprint how the next generation, and therefore the future of humanity, will behave, what would you do differently? What will make us change and what kind of change will actually make the difference we urgently need? Just today, on November 26, 2019, another extinction report filled the headlines:

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Putting It All Together

There is the surface challenge du jure, of the moment, and the deeper challenge that created that challenge. We are exploring the root source of our chronic personal, social and ecological dis-ease, that has now turned into crisis. Why humanity has created the mess we find ourselves in, and have been in for thousands of years. As we began; the source of problem is not out there, in society, in our relationships, in the environment. The crisis is in each of us, how we perceive, think, feel, how we treat each other and the world. The deeper challenge is inner, a particular misuse of memory, and therefore structure of thought and our identification with this misuse.

The deeper challenge

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If Not Teaching, Then What?

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Media and The Mind

The question is; can we use image and information technologies without them infecting us and changing how we perceive, how we feel, what we think about, value and behave? The answer is no, so precede with caution.

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Not More Imagination but Imagination of a Certain Kind

Sometime, perhaps 50,000 years ago or more, a relatively thin layer of neurons, emerging out of and covering the ancient sensory-motor and limbic-emotional brain centers, exploded - and along with it memory of the distant past and more revolutionary projections into the future. The capacity to create mental images not presented by the sensory or emotional systems grew like a supernova, including the use of symbols, language and metaphor; a word, for example, standing in place of a thing. So powerful and explosive was this new image-making capacity that it quickly swamped the other systems, filing what we call consciousness with dream-images that were so real that we forgot that we were dreaming. Like a giant snowball of dream-images, once set into motion this capacity grew by one dream image triggering another and another, creating a virtual reality machine unparalleled in the known universe.

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Qualities, Capacities, Content and Curriculum

“Never memorize something that you can look up.” ― Albert Einstein

Ask yourself: “If my child was one of the last living members of the human race, and he or she would carry the DNA memory that would give birth to a new species, what should that memory contain?”

Perhaps DNA holds the memory of 2+2=4 or the Beatles recorded I want to hold your hand in October of 1963, but I doubt it. I place my memory bets on capacity and qualities, not content as data, information or knowledge. Qualities and capacity are those forces of behavior that define our relationships with others, nature and the universe; selfish greed and altruism, empathy and aggression, holistic appropriateness and inventiveness for profit, for example. When considering the value of parenting and education, rather than passing standardized tests and preparing for a job, we might consider qualities and capacities that will serve humanity in its new dawn, and then see that our child embodies these, just in case. Here are a few suggestions to get started:

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Attention Opens the Door

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Inviting the Miraculous

Assumptions regarding education are like coke-bottle glasses, thick and dense. How is it possible that an industrial-revolution structure remains appropriate for a post-technological global-brain where the mobile computer in your pocket has twice or five-times the computing power of the human brain, which is not far off? And yet, we still believe children in mass should be ferried to local knowledge incubators for six to seven hours a day, one hundred eighty days each year, and be inoculated with one to three homework assignments per week, taking fifteen to twenty minutes each, first through third grade - two to four assignments per week, lasting between fifteen and forty-five minutes each in fourth through sixth grade. Daft!

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culture

The Belonging Hoax

Of course we need to belong. Life is relationship. The words abandonment, bonding and attachment rest on the primacy of belonging. The relatively new field of epigenetics, the way the environment shapes gene expression, molding the very essence of life to the ever-changing environment, demonstrates how important it is to belong. Belonging is a matter of life and death, and deep down, we know it.

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parenting
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A Simple Case of Mistaken Identity

You will not find a more distilled or concise description of our personal-global challenge:

Without bringing about order inwardly, psychologically, you cannot possibly have order outwardly. And the crisis is there. We think the crisis is national, economic, social and so on. The crisis is not out there! The crisis is really inward and we’re unwilling to face that.

J. Krishnamurti
with Michael Mendizza

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self image

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