August 19, 2009 at 4:17 am #32063
Now even early childhood is not a safe haven
for stress. Geez. People really need to give
it a rest already. See link.August 19, 2009 at 1:25 pm #32064
I think it all about balance here, it’s ok to push a child along, even at earlier ages in some cases as long as there is love and affection being expressed for that child. If all the parents are doing is pushing harder and harder for results without showing the child simple love and fun then yes it’s too much and out of balance.
I am someone who wished I had been given more disciple and direction to study in school as a kid. I feel I had too much freedom to roam around and this didn’t help me in a lot of my development.
Damon.August 19, 2009 at 2:08 pm #32066
It is a dog eat dog world. Did you not get the memo. It is a race for the scraps!August 19, 2009 at 4:54 pm #32068
>>>I am someone who wished I had been given more
>>>disciple and direction to study in school as
>>>a kid. I feel I had too much freedom to roam
>>>around and this didn’t help me in a lot of my development.
And do you feel you are lacking today?
I don’t think an “optimal” childhood learning experience
translates into a happier now.
This is just “grass-is-always-greener” syndrome.
Speaking from experience, I’ve been going to school
my whole life, and am now two years short of a PhD;
the one thing I’ve learned is, is that academic
education just isn’t that important at all.
1. It doesn’t make you happier.
I’m under high stress all the time in my studying,
and I’m not sure this is the best way to live a life.
High-paying jobs that result from this are even more pressure-cooker.
2. You don’t necessarily make more money.
If your goal is to “make more money”, education doesn’t really help.
I have friends with degrees in mechanical engineering that
are jobless because of the automotive industry in the tubes.
The way to money has never been an education. It has always
been entrepreneurship, aka Bill Gates, J.K. Rowling, etc.
Of course, you know my feelings on the goal of making a lot
of money anyway. Making more money to buy more crap doesn’t
translate to happiness.
3. What’s wrong with the uneducated?
A low-paying job like a janitor is not one to be ridiculed.
Taking that job as an example, you don’t have to bring your
work home with you–and while you are there, the job itself
is a fairly mindful one. In some ways, ideal.
Sure, it can bring chuckles and sneers of ridicule from the
more “well-to-do”, but who’s doing the ridiculing? Overstressed,
overworked people who are unhappy and are trying to buy crap
to fill their hole of emptiness. Their opinions aren’t
to be respected; they are to be pitied.
Education is just mental play, and has no real value.
Lao Tzu’s idea of “return to simplicity” is right on the money
here, pun intended.
SAugust 19, 2009 at 4:55 pm #32070August 20, 2009 at 1:27 pm #32072
>>And do you feel you are lacking today?
>>I don’t think an “optimal” childhood learning experience
>>translates into a happier now.
No, not really. I consider myself a very happy person in life. I am not someone who accepts too much stress in life actually. The feeling of having more disciple as a child is perhaps more to do with what I am trying to achieve (academically) in my life now, this is more of a personal issue in my life at this time.
And yes I remember learning about your mathematics studies when we spoke in person.
My goals for wanting to be more disciplined doesn’t really have so much to do with my personal happiness as I also don’t believe that it would make me happier in the most essential ways.
And I agree with you that it doesn’t guarantee more money. Open your own business or being entrepreneur does. I know this.
I guess it also is about the quality of the knowledge that you are learning and what you want you want to do with it. Most school teaches us cookie cutter ways to learn that sort of mold us into sheep for the use of the rich and or powerful. I am aware of this.
But it still comes down to balance for me, its up to our parents to help with this. Which was my point.
DAugust 20, 2009 at 8:09 pm #32074
I am waiting for the day that one of those Greek looking university actually advertises and teaches hermetics. 🙂August 21, 2009 at 4:34 pm #32076
.August 21, 2009 at 4:51 pm #32078
If you are interested in Hermetics, maybe you should
try to get in touch with Nnonnth, who used to post
on here . . . although there tended to be some friction
between you two, so maybe not such a good idea, LOL. SAugust 26, 2009 at 12:41 pm #32080
Not really. But the foundation of western Civ is hermetics. Look at all the frats and the building style of your liberal arts(code name watered down hermetic’s) universities. All the sameness branches from Greece.
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