Empty Days

Thursday, July 08, 2004



A bit of autobiography.

115. The system HAS TO force people to behave in ways that are increasingly remote from the natural pattern of human behavior. For example, the system needs scientists, mathematicians and engineers. It can't function without them. So heavy pressure is put on children to excel in these fields. It isn't natural for an adolescent human being to spend the bulk of his time sitting at a desk absorbed in study. A normal adolescent wants to spend his time in active contact with the real world. Among primitive peoples the things that children are trained to do are in natural harmony with natural human impulses. Among the American Indians, for example, boys were trained in active outdoor pursuits -- just the sort of things that boys like. But in our society children are pushed into studying technical subjects, which most do grudgingly.
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This is perhaps not entirely true these days, though it might have been for Kozinsky in the 1940's. Today most kids, especially boys, are naturally drawn to technology and science because of the incredible mythical glow of power and future that it carries - what with internet and video-games and huge salaries for young computer wizards not to mention the hacker's prestige. Children instinctively know where the power-muscle of a society is - and are irresistibly drawn to it.

Nops, Ted - no one is forced, everyone is seduced.





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