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Sociomics. Part 6: Freedom to Minors!
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Gary Nisharg & Y Moon Gary Nisharg & Y Moon
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Sociomics. Part 6: Freedom to Minors!

Gary Nisharg & Y Moon Gary Nisharg & Y Moon
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Azer Babaev Azer Babaev
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Vee and Jay are continuing their dialogue. Despite the seeming progress, our society is still somewhere in the Middle Ages. And our child-rearing system is to blame. We need to free our children from pressure, and then our civilization will be able to make an evolutionary leap.

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You may not ready for this yet, but your kids will definitely like it…

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Vee: A nice villain’s office (smiles)

Jay: (laughs) I knew you’d like it!

Vee: You know, I gave a lot of thought to our conversation about children being slaves. The child-rearing system is the key to the development of society. It’s almost impossible to change adults. Only a few of them can change their world outlook and see the world in a new light. But children are a clean slate that you can use to write whatever you want!

Jay: (speaks out of breath and falls into the hammock) Oh… Oh, wait… Give me a break! I’m tired!

Vee: You got tired while walking from the door to the hammock? (you can hear sarcasm and a smile in his voice)

Jay: Tsk, tsk… (waves his index finger at Vee) Not very nice to poke fun at a sick old man… (looks at Vee , who’s settled on the sofa, from the hammock and smiles)... What? What were you saying? What’s our topic? (looks at the ceiling and rocks in the hammock)

Vee: We’re going to talk about alternative child-rearing...


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Jay: A-a-a-ah… Yeah, yeah, yeah… So we’re going to make me a squad of little killers…? Pshaw… No, no, no… Not that. I’ll say it nicely. Do you want to create an army of helpers for me?

Vee: No, Jay. That’s precisely the point, we won’t write anything on that blank slate. Children will write on it themselves!

Jay: (sits up abruptly) What do you mean ‘themselves’?! A-a-and what about my squad? (speaks in a teary and upset voice) Do you want to take away my toy soldiers? And what about the fun and games? (then falls into the hammock abruptly, covers his face with his hands and cries out) You’re always using me! You feel sorry for them and keep trying to save them from inevitable death!

Vee: Stop it. You know we have to look into this matter.

Jay: (abruptly stops his show and gazes at Vee with a wide grin, speaking softly and quietly) Yes. I’m listening to you, and very carefully, too...


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Vee: The new alternative child-rearing system will be drastically different from the current one. The essence of modern upbringing is in trying to stuffing the child with as much necessary and unnecessary information as possible from the outside. But the new system will try to let out as much information as possible from within. Children have to learn to express themselves and be who they want to be!

Jay: (just keeps silent)

Vee: Figuratively speaking, we shouldn’t write on that clean slate, but give the young generation the instruments and teach them, so they can write what they see fit on it.

Jay: And what if they all want to draw a smiling guy with dreads on that clean slate? (starts laughing)

Vee: Then so be it! It’s their choice and their life! 

Jay: My, my, my… An unexpected turn! I like that!!!

 


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Vee: Yes, Jay, it’s an entirely different approach to upbringing. And it solves a lot of modern society’s problems at the same time. Children will finally gain freedom and stop being the slaves of the adult society. And the adults will also be freed along with them. After all, you and I have already said that the modern child-rearing system transforms them into slaves and weak-willed philistines leading a miserable existence. We’re about to put an end to this. But in order to fully understand how to organize this new system for bringing up new generations, we have to fully investigate all the flaws of the old one. We need to destroy it at the mental level.

Jay: (lies in the hammock and shakes his index finger in the air) You and I are walking on a razor’s edge right now. You’re talking about a revolution in humanity. The whole global society system in existence will go down the drain! Politics, economy and… (exclaims loudly) All of it! Goddamn, you’re as right as you’ve never been before!


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Jay: Upbringing is a key, crucial point that’s going to wipe this entire medieval era with all its technical progress off the face of the earth! (exclaims joyfully with fire in his eyes)

Vee: Are you scared?

Jay: N-o-o-o-o, it’s the other way around! You have intrigued me (smiles). The fate of the world is in our hands. (speaks sternly and raises a clenched fist)!

Vee: The history of the world is in the hands of the new generation, Jay. We’ll just show them the way. But it’ll be for them to decide whether to change something or not. We need to show the people the fallacy and the backwardness of the modern child-rearing system and point them in the direction of change.

Jay: And?... (looks at Vee, baring his yellow teeth in a smile)

Vee: Let’s start with looking into what the upbringing of a new generation entails. What affects children the most?

Jay: Two things… two (looks at the ceiling and raises his hand up): the notorious family and our beloved society!


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Vee: I agree. But we have to indicate that social upbringing comprises the education system (school, college, university) and the social informational environment. That is, we have three elements that influence the formation of a person’s worldview. By the way, what do you think, which of these elements affects the upbringing of children the most in this day and age?

Jay: (speaks loudly, with irony and insolence in his voice) Well, what could be worse than our ‘sacred’ family? Mom and dad won’t teach you anything bad, right???

Vee: Then let’s start with the family upbringing. You and I have spent a lot of time on the subject of family and children. Let’s come back to them in the light of upbringing. There’s nothing inherently bad or wrong in the idea of a child being brought up by parents. It’s logical, and the animal world provides perfect proof of that. It’s the parents that bring up their young there. Mom or dad hunts, runs, jumps, and their babies repeat after them. Some animals are gregarious, and their young are brought up by the whole pack.


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Vee: It’s almost the same in the human world. But the problem is that animals aren’t people, and this simple upbringing model can be highly inefficient for mankind. Unlike animals, humans possess a well-developed consciousness, they can learn and progress very fast. The human brain allows us to analyze things and be creative. Lastly, animals and humans have different functions and purposes in the universe.

Jay: (pauses) What I hate in humanity is the constant comparison of man and animal! What kind of crap is that??? Do you have any idea? (turns his head inquiringly and perplexedly) This bunch of half-wits always checks themselves against animals, but still considers them undeveloped. What kind of idiotic logic is it? (speaks indignantly, drawing in his shoulders at the same time in utter incomprehension)

 


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Vee: Okay, all right! I’ll try to express my thoughts without redundant philosophy, although it’s very useful for our society. Philosophy makes people think about the meaning of life, about the purpose that each one of us has...

Jay: O-o-o-h, n-o-o-o (abruptly plops a pillow on his face)! Shoot me!

Vee: Yes… Err… Basically, animal upbringing boils down to merely passing down the skills of surviving in the wild to the young generation. And every species has its purpose and its groups of instincts. Lions catch up with a sick zebra, kill it and eat it. A zebra eats grass and runs away from a lion. People are completely different creatures. The role of human instincts is limited. A human being has a mind and consciousness, which guide their behavior to a larger degree than instincts. Every person decides for themselves what to do and who to be in life. Unlike animals, humans are their own creators. That’s why family upbringing should be limited to basic survival skills.


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Vee: Parents shouldn’t interfere with their child becoming who they want to be. They shouldn’t impose their opinions and worldviews on them – it leads to miserable fates and complete cessation of development and evolution of the human being and the whole humanity. It’s stagnation.

Jay: O-o-o-h… Another serving of tedious philosophy!  You’re an inhuman monster, you’re torturing me! (puts the pillow on his face again, then speaks through it) Hmm, stagnation. Here’s stagnation for you! Those children, 20, 30 or 40 years of age, what can they teach their offspring? A chimp’s worldview? That… That’s how it is! As a result, we’ve got 7 billion ‘somethings,’ who don’t know what they want from life, what they live for and how they should develop and grow. They tackle the most important and the most difficult tasks, which seem trivial to them. And even worse things are happening! They entrust children into old people’s care! And what do we get? (pauses) Right! The same thing. Consumerist, philistine creatures!


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Jay: People should be nurturing the future of the planet, not monkeys!!! Dalai Lama, Buddha, Jesus Christ, Jay! They are the teachers of the monkey world, the sages of this life! (talks enthusiastically)

Vee: In their rearing of children, people should be led by inspiration, not by poor contraception!  It’s a very important process that requires devotion and deep life wisdom. Along with patience, knowledge of psychology and lots of other skills. And what do modern parents have? Tons of complexes, fears, uncertainty about the future, the worldview of a slave and a head full of stereotypes and prejudices. They’ll happily pass all these things on to their child. And if the child resists, they’ll do it by force.


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Vee: As a rule, adults abuse their parental functions. And as you and I have already discussed on numerous occasions, they are treating their children as property. And so they think they’re free to do whatever they want to them. They decide who the child has to become in the future, what they will eat, when they will go out and with whom, at what age and with whom they will start having sex. Of course, there are people who understand that you shouldn’t do that, but there aren’t that many of them.

Jay: Yep… Traditions and religion are hammered into the brains of underage slaves with a big family sledgehammer. The dump of human stupidity and stereotypes called traditions precludes a person from being an individual, doesn’t allow for growth and development. (pauses) The outlook on life has to be passed on from generation to generation! One step to the side, and you’re executed (narrows one eye and aims at an imaginary target with his fingers)! I used to know idiots who were hoping to find virgin wives.


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Jay: Ha-ha-ha (turns to Vee and laughs loudly and hysterically)! But they themselves… aren’t angels on earth, either! Puberty doesn’t just drive nuts those who’ve got balls between their legs, but who cares?! (speaks with malicious joy and a smile on his face) Hurry up and get married, baby! Before the hormones drive you completely mad!

Vee: Good thing you’ve mentioned this. Of course, parents impose their traditions and religion on their children, at times by force. Children have to make a conscious choice as to which gods to pray to and whether to pray at all. But modern parents teach their children since childhood to worship their deities and observe their traditions. By the way, having family and children is sort of a tradition, too. And there’s another very common tradition that the man is the head of the family, and he decides everything in the family. This tradition, in turn, originates in religion, which for some reason claims that women are inferior human beings, and therefore should be invariably subordinate to men.

 


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Vee: Indeed, the majority of traditions stifle personality and general human development. Traditions often don’t let us do the right thing. But, on the other hand, traditions comprise the society’s culture. Traditions unite people in groups and allow them to differ from other groups.

Jay: (already sitting on the table) Is that the only benefit of traditions? I feel like these reflections on traditions have dragged you into their gutter. Heh-heh-heh...

Vee: Jay, people are social creatures. I understand that you and I don’t fit into any social group, to put it mildly: we're on the fringes of society. But we’re an exception rather than a rule. People will still unite into different social groups. They need their subculture, their specific behavior patterns. Let’s even take you for example. Villains also have their traditions.


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Vee: For example, taking people hostage to demand something from a superhero who must save them. Isn’t that a tradition? Isn’t that a trademark of all villainous characters?

Jay: (comes up to Vee from behind, speaks softly and sweetly, like a maniac to his victim) My beautiful, most beautiful friend! Luckily, I have no traditions. I’m a person of a dynamic, not a static nature. (pauses, then makes his way to the hammock) Taking people hostage is certainly good! But you’re confusing tradition with method. And the method so efficient that it’s used much more often than others. As soon as a superior method emerges, everybody will forget about this one. (turns to Vee) And what about me?! I like negotiating! (laughs loudly) Tradition is a kind of thing that drags on since time immemorial, it’s observed by wretches who hand it down from generation to generation, making their descendants memorize and perform rituals to save and prolong its life. Life principles!


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Jay: L-i-f-e principles (slowly and pensively moves around the warehouse)! Unlike traditions, they tend to change. Principles change, just like I do! Unpredictability is my forte! It’s a good sign. (speaks contentedly) Principles change in accordance with the worldview, which is defined by the level of personal development. And these dolts (waves his finger in the air) even manage to freeze up principles with their traditionalism. Fix them in place for their entire lives. Make their children observe them, making  a tradition out of their principles, or the principles of their ancestors who lived 150 million years ago… (pauses, continues to reason, without noticing Vee) N-o-o-o, well, if a person likes the tradition in medieval attire and they make a conscious choice, then, surely, no one is going to say a word against it. Today they’re wearing a traditional outfit, tomorrow they’ll put on a different one. What eradicates personality is that everybody is accustomed to some traditional things since childhood,  and often mechanically at that, just because mom and dad did so.


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Jay: L-i-f-e principles (slowly and pensively moves around the warehouse)! Unlike traditions, they tend to change. Principles change, just like I do! Unpredictability is my forte! It’s a good sign. (speaks contentedly) Principles change in accordance with the worldview, which is defined by the level of personal development. And these dolts (waves his finger in the air) even manage to freeze up principles with their traditionalism. Fix them in place for their entire lives. Make their children observe them, making  a tradition out of their principles, or the principles of their ancestors who lived 150 million years ago… (pauses, continues to reason, without noticing Vee) N-o-o-o, well, if a person likes the tradition in medieval attire and they make a conscious choice, then, surely, no one is going to say a word against it. Today they’re wearing a traditional outfit, tomorrow they’ll put on a different one. What eradicates personality is that everybody is accustomed to some traditional things since childhood,  and often mechanically at that, just because mom and dad did so.


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Jay: Yeah, yeah… The time has come to get rid of the tradition of ‘life and child-rearing in the family’.

Vee: Hmm… (remains silent for a long time, pondering the things that were said)... It appears that the whole issue is that traditions affect people too strongly, very often preventing suitable and crucial actions that contradict those traditions. People observe traditions, even in defiance of common sense. Traditions penetrate people’s consciousness so deeply that they dominate the decision-making process. And it’s all because they are instilled in people’s consciousness since childhood and become persistent truths for their whole lives. Only the strongest people can subsequently  eliminate or weaken the influence of traditions on their lives. And that frequently happens as a result of extreme events, which sort of reboot the person’s mind and remove blocks and restrictions imposed by traditions. The information embedded in a child’s mind has a powerful influence over their subsequent life and decisions.


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Vee: And that, in turn, defines what the new generation of people and the future of human society will be like. It appears that children should make their choice to follow or not follow particular traditions only when they gain sufficient awareness. And the family shouldn’t instill its family values in the child, should it?

Jay: Right, precisely!

Vee: But it’s impossible!!! When the child learns to walk and talk, they start repeating after their parents. Even if they don’t forcefully condition their kids to their traditions and their religion, the children will condition themselves by watching them (a long pause)... Then there’s only one way out….

Jay: I’ve talked about this already. (laughs) The solution lies right in that thought that just now crossed your mind! Remove family with all of its vices from the children’s life! Free the human life from long years of domination and submission! (talks with his index finger raised)

 


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Vee: It’s a very radical and progressive measure. But it can actually drastically change the whole child-rearing situation. It’s going to give mankind a chance to change and improve. And it will give every human an option to choose and be who they want to be. Young men and women will be able to live their own lives, not having to choose between their desires and interests on one hand, and the artificial well-being of their children on the other. But who’s going to take on the task of childrearing in that case? It’s the society, isn’t it? (nods) And that’s where education comes to the fore – schools, universities, colleges. What do you know about the modern education system?

Jay: He-he (smiles)! Believe me, my opinion on education isn’t much different from my opinion on family childrearing. One prison replaces another, only its effect is more noticeable for the young people. Hate and education system quickly become synonyms for the kids. 

 


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Jay: Moral torture, problems on all levels of the hierarchy and sometimes even danger to their life turn cute kids into either bastards and wankers, or sniveling crybabies and milksops for life. In the best case scenario, a child becomes a law-abiding citizen with all the hidden resentments, complexes and flaws thoroughly hidden under the guise of a ‘normal person.’ (waves his hand towards the window and exclaims) There, look! Can you see how many of those dolts are walking around? And all this dirt comes straight from the family, from imitating adults, from the unconscious copying of the ‘heroes’ who surround these bloody children in real life! (starts getting angry)

Vee: For sure, school is just another sort of prison for the young generation. Another powerful tool that kills all life in children and forces them to transform into a shapeless grey mass. And you have correctly pointed out that children loathe school as they associate it with something very bad and wrong.


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Vee: Of course, when mom’s friend asks the child whether they like school, they nod, because they know that if you tell the truth in human society, you may very well get a good smacking. And lots of children pretend they like studying at school because they want to please their parents. Otherwise, parents won’t give them a good gift for Christmas or even forbid them to go out or talk to their friends. Family instills craftiness and lies since childhood. But children speak frankly with one another. And it’s easy to observe, since we live in the age of information technology and social media. That’s where children very often write the truth, because it’s all anonymous. Have you seen what they write?

Jay: Ah-ha-ha-ha-ha! Yeah, kids just tear it up! The little demons quietly proclaim the truth! (laughs loudly, the laughter suddenly gives way to malicious irony) That’s so modern, so civilized! I’m just sick of all this deceitful idiocy...


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Vee: Children consider school to be true hell. To them, teachers are demons who torment and hate them. They compare going to school to penal labor and prison. They see absolutely no point in what they study at school, they jus aren’t interested in all that. But who’s going to ask for their opinion? They have to go to school day after day for 10 years and act against their desires and inclinations. They’re sick of school. But they’re forced to go there, since that’s what their parents and society demand. That’s why they are already learning to disregard their desires since childhood. It breaks a child’s psyche. School teaches a child to always do what the others want and not what he or she wants. Children are taught to betray their own selves. This always leads to one and the same thing – the person becomes miserable for the rest of their life.

Jay: (chews something and adds) Besides… (pauses) Nobody needs the knowledge that’s being hammered into those suckers’ heads for decades on end.


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Jay: This processor (taps his temple with a finger) works in vain for 20-plus years, cramming itself with rubbish, so that when you get a job, regardless of whether you’d majored in the subject, you’ll be told (with excessive drive and condescendingly), “Listen, you nitwit, forget everything you’ve been taught at your school and university. You’ll be learning your bloody profession all over again.” And your knowledge of higher math will be useful for doing your offspring’s homework (laughs loudly)! Or… (laughs, barely containing himself) Or… (laughs hysterically)... Or calculating your salary correctly. 

Vee: The problem is no longer what they study, although the totality of required knowledge also has to be revised. The problem is that all this knowledge is crammed into children by force. They don’t study voluntarily, they do it under the pressure from parents and teachers. And that’s where the root of all evil is. That’s exactly what crushes the psyche and doesn’t let a personality develop. Because of this, we’ve got billions of people who don’t know what the point of their life is.

 


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Vee: However, we should admit, there are children, and quite a few at that, who basically study on their own, without any special coercion from their parents. They’re usually A-students. As a rule, their parents manage to instill into them the idea that they have to study, that they need to love studying in order to find a decent well-paid job in the future. They are deceiving their kids by instilling consumerist values in them. They don’t tell their child, “Life is a game. Be who you want to be in this game. Create what you want. Be in charge of your life!” Instead, parents burden them with fears and stereotypes. Like, if you want to live well, you have to get a higher education. They also instill into their children that to live well means to have a car, an apartment and a bank account.

Jay: You forgot the devil’s den – a family!!!! (speaks with a malicious smile)

Vee: Right. And have a family to be truly happy. There’s a consumerist society for you. So, those A-students convince themselves that studying is good under their parents’ influence. Even if they’re sick of school, they keep studying hard.


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Vee: Very often they encounter psychological problems in the future since they bent over backwards going to school, did their homework diligently and read books. And what do most of them get from life in the end?

Jay: Joyful weekdays and 2 weeks of holiday a year (sarcastically)! If mom and dad haven’t got a seven figure bank account, consider that A-student a teenage loser! He’ll have to slave away for a long time (smiles and eats nuts)! First, at school to please your old folks, then at the university that they’ll choose for you. And then you go to work in  hopes of being immediately appreciated for your efforts and given a promotion. In reality it often turns out very differently – they’ll promote an cheeky bootlicker mediocrity and exploit you to the fullest. Hurts, doesn’t it?! Heh… (pauses) Maybe you’ll be lucky and manage to make your way out of that shithole, but you’ll have to work your ass off and then try to get it back, after getting a small capital together!


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Vee: That’s right. Those are broken lives! It’s very scary! But adults aren’t afraid of that. Today there’s a very popular method of bringing up children among them when all the time free from school is allotted to extracurricular activities. Children study foreign languages, literature, play sports, chess and lots and lots of other things. A child has no free time whatsoever that they could manage independently without their parents’ opinion. All of the child’s internal desires, their true interests and talents drown in a stream of unnecessary and useless knowledge and skills. Children, of course, try as best they can to explain to their insane parents that they don’t like that, and would like to do other things now, but who’s interested in a minor’s opinion in our society... They’re told that when they grow up, they’ll decide what to do and how to do it. But the problem is that by the time they’ve grown up, it’s too late.


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Vee: Society will get another brainless passive slave who won’t know why they are alive and what they want.

Jay: Nee-naw, nee-naw, nee-naw (imitates a siren and then speaks sternly with both his hands around his mouth like a megaphone) Attention! The final stage of creating a zombie will start at the universities and end 3-5 years later… (suddenly turns to Vee and speaks enthusiastically, his eye sparkling) It’s going to be like in that film where the lead character speaks about his father, remember? “He didn’t have a higher education, so he wanted me to get one. A familiar story. I graduated from the university, I call him and ask what’s next. And he tells me, ‘Get a job.’ I’m 25. I call him again and ask, ‘Father, what’s next?’ And he says, ‘I don’t know, get married…’ ”


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Vee: And the school system of knowledge assessment? It sucks incredibly! One might wonder what’s wrong with it. But it actually has a very negative impact on the mind and worldview of a future member of human society. School instills the idea that the most important thing in life is to have good figures – the grades. If your grades are good – well done, you’re a good student and you’ll become a good person. And if you’ve got bad marks, that means you’re a bad student and a loser. You’re a social misfit, so to say. That’s why for children the purpose of studying at school comes down to getting grades and chasing figures, not acquiring knowledge. After all, nobody wants to be a loser. Then the children grow up. But the figure-chasing mindset remains with them for the rest of their lives. And in order not to be any worse than the rest, they set out on a new marathon for a different set of figures, which rules the adult world… For money!


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Vee: The assessment system at schools kills all individuality and uniqueness in a child, makes them focus their attention not on their abilities and interests, but on the average academic progress rate. And we’ll leave it to psychologists and psychiatrists to assess the way that the stress of school grades affects children’s minds. They should write a dissertation on it.

Jay: (speaks contentedly, already lying in a hammock with one leg over the other) It looks like kids are under a lot of pressure. They’ve got almost no chance of becoming good people… Like me (laughs)! Lies and idiocy all around… (shows his right hand) Here they’re pressed by the family and here (shows his left hand) by the school. The child’s consciousness is squashed by this family-school press (slaps his hands together with a clap)... And then the social info-sphere makes a security shot to the immature young head (turns to Vee and puts two fingers to his temple)...


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Jay: But that’s not all either (waves his finger in an affected manner, turning away from Vee)! Outside of school and family they’re also in for a surpri-i-i-se… Society! (spreads his hands to the sides and draws his shoulders in) It mercilessly machine-guns its beloved kids with meaninglessness and stupidity (breaks into a malicious smile).

Vee: For sure… (sighs)... adults bring up children in their own image. It’s an endless cycle. Don’t they understand that? Can’t they see all the depravity and deformity of contemporary human society?

Jay: Don’t say that!!! Hush… Why are you so loud (looks around warily)? If we’re overheard, we’ll be in serious trouble. (looks at Vee and nods his head)


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Jay: You don’t want us to die a sudden death, do you? (starts biting his nails nervously) No?!... Yes?!... No?!... (throws himself at Vee’s feet and cries out in a pleading voice) No, Vee! Don’t leave us at their mercy! (loudly, in a crying voice) We’re still so young and so handsome! What did we do to deserve this punishme-e-e-ent (rolls on the floor hysterically)?!

Vee: (pays no attention to Jay’s grimacing, continues to reason seriously) But what are we supposed to do with all of this? We can protect children from the influence of their brainless parents, handing over all the childrearing functions to society. But as we’ve learned, society can’t endow a child with anything worthwhile either – besides a heap of unnecessary knowledge and an inferiority complex. (Thinks) Then we have to completely change the education system. And we have to start with school.

Jay: (suddenly calms down and asks keenly, lying on the floor and smiling ear to ear) Have you got any ideas?

Vee: Yes, seems like I know the way out.


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Jay: Bravo, bravo (claps his hands)! You’re such a scoundrel! (lies on the floor, waves his index finger and looks at Vee slyly) He came up with a plan and is keeping silent! I’ve almost gone crazy here, and he’s keeping silent… What is the world coming to?!

Vee: No, Jay, actually, someone came up with a solution a long time ago and is waiting for humanity to use it. Humanity isn’t hopeless, my friend. You can always find real people in it, people who live beautiful and meaningful lives.

Jay: Yep, that’s how I am! (smiles)

Vee: (pauses) There’s a school in England called Summerhill. It was founded back in the first half of the 20thcentury by a truly remarkable man named Alexander Sutherland Neill. That man dedicated his whole life to studying child psychology and pedagogy. He’s a world-class pioneer who, for me, is on par with Einstein, Tesla, Henry Ford, Neale Donald Walsch and many other great people. However, humanity has yet to appreciate his contribution to the development of our civilization. That often happens... 

 


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Jay: (starts speaking indignantly) That’s what I’m talking about! Ungrateful worms, don’t love their heroes at all. They don’t understand what happiness I bring into their dull lives! All chaos and no planning! Not just a life, but a full-on adventure! And what? What about Neill?

Vee: Neill, just like you and me, saw all the imperfections of society. He understood that the key to solving most problems is in the upbringing of the new generation. As far back as 100 years ago, he’d realized the inferiority of the traditional childrearing system. He believed that adults shouldn’t treat children as their property, shouldn’t ignore their rights and desires. Neill went down in history as a defender of children’s personal freedom. He believed that a child’s happiness should be a top priority in childrearing. And he considered personal freedom to be the source of a child’s happiness. It’s hard not to agree with this, isn’t it?

Jay: (lies on the floor motionless and looks at the ceiling)

 


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Vee: Neill also understood that depriving a child of personal freedom makes them miserable, passive people and leads to various psychological traumas, which later on affect their adult life and behavior. And that, in its turn, inevitably affects all of society, all of human civilization. His ideas suggested giving children an opportunity to gain independence, refuse blind obedience to adults and develop critical thinking.

Jay: Hmm… I like this bloke!!!

Vee: Eventually, his ideas materialized when he established a school. An unusual school. That’s where he realized his innovative childrearing ideas. Neill was convinced that children study much better in the absence of coercion, they have a greater motivation and achieve better results. He had introduced the principles of democracy at his school. And interestingly, a child’s vote was equal to a teacher’s. All the more or less important decisions concerning school life were made in joint the meeting of students and teachers.


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Vee: Children independently decided what they were going to do during the day: stroll around or study, write or read. At that school no one has ever made a child do their homework or make their bed. Children learned to be independent starting with their very first days at the school. They learned to be in possession of their own lives. He said that such approach allows a child to find their personal motivation for studying and other activities. Children developed internal discipline and did it voluntarily, not because of outside pressure.

Jay: Welcome to the madhouse! (laughs)

Vee: Yeah, it often sucked for educators there, but Neill always said that there’s a big difference between personal freedom and permissiveness. He taught his children to respect not only themselves and their freedom, but other people’s freedom, too. At Summerhill School kids arrived at that idea themselves and got accustomed to it.


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Vee: As a result, a sort of a free children’s society emerged at that school, where children learnt, ate, slept and played, a society where they could freely express themselves and develop. They asked their adult mentors for help and explanations when they needed them. When they wanted, they studied and quickly mastered new knowledge and skills. Expressing themselves freely, every child could discover their talents and skills, and subsequently develop them. And no parents or teachers prevented them from doing it at that school. Because of that, all the children at the school were happy. Many of them came there from troubled families where their parents’ tyranny drove them to depression. But at school they had changed and blossomed.

Jay: (speaks in a provocative tone) Well? And where’s that line between permissiveness and freedom of expression? 


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Vee: That line is very thin. Freedom of expression ends where another person’s freedom begins. Neill said that giving a child personal freedom and indulging their whims are completely different things. Nowadays, some adults try to use his principles when bringing up their kids. But the result is the opposite. They spoil their child so much that he or she takes advantage of them and becomes an uncontrollable egotist. And Neill also wrote about that. 

Jay: Children are not toys! (wags his index finger)

Vee: Childrearing is an extremely difficult and nuanced task that requires special skills, immense patience, wisdom and a particular frame of mind. This occupation isn’t for everybody, but every idiot takes on childrearing in our world, and the results are appropriate results. Neill was a great educator, although it often wasn’t easy for him. But, nevertheless, he had created a school that children loved. They loved it more than their own homes and their families.


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Vee: The school was essentially their family. They only saw their parents on holidays and spent the rest of their time at Summerhill.

Jay: And… what? What was the situation with the academic performance and knowledge? (looks at Vee quizzically)

Vee: Of course, the school had passed state accreditations more than a few times in its history, and always successfully. Summerhill’s students easily absorbed knowledge, since they did it when they wanted it themselves. But that’s not the point. In this case knowledge is secondary, you see? The main thing was that school graduates knew what they wanted from life. And if they didn’t yet know it, they were willing to look for their own path until they found it. They would never become slaves living a miserable meaningless existence. Their lives would always be meaningful and happy. Since childhood, they got accustomed to doing what they saw fit regardless of the opinions of different authorities or the society’s stance. And even if they were going to clean floors in a supermarket, they would do it knowingly and purposefully.


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Vee: That school gave the young generation a completely different worldview. Summerhill graduates chose very different paths in their lives. Some of them became artists, some – travelers, some – famous lawyers, and some – teachers at ordinary village schools. They didn’t chase after money or fame, since they understood the illusoriness of such blessings. Money and fame find them on their own. If all children studied at such schools, the world would be completely different. By the way, Summerhill School exists in England to this day.

Jay: All they need is magic wands (chuckles)! (abruptly changes the tone of voice) Wait! (freezes in his place) I (pauses)... think (pauses)... I caught what you were getting at… Just don’t tell me (pauses)... Just don’t tell me that you want to...

Vee: (interrupts Jay) I think that society has to create a new education system based on Neill’s works.

Jay: Errgh… Man, I think it’s time for us to get out of here (quickly stands up and leaves)

Vee: Where are you going?


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Jay: I… I… I’ve got nothing to do with this! (darts out of the warehouse and loudly slams the door)

Vee: Ah-h-h-h… (sighs deeply and remains silent)

Jay: (a wary whisper through a crack from behind the closed door) The world’s big shots – transnational corporations and heads of states are going to pulverize us for this. Such an education system is very dangerous! Ve-e-ery dangerous for them. You want to deprive them of their power! (talks, laughing nervously) To replace the dumb manipulated cattle with independent individuals. It’s a catastrophe! The modern system as we know it will go up in smoke, burst like a bubble! 

Vee: Yes, you’re right! A new education system will require a new political and economic system. The society will have to adapt to a new way of life. 

Jay: (bursts into the warehouse and shouts angrily) A new way of life?! (points his finger at Vee) Do you even realize how inert this mass is? They frown in displeasure if the filling in their favorite chocolate bar changes, and you want to make them adapt to a new way of life?!

 


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Vee: Well, what do you suggest?

Jay: Vee, Vee… (calms down and sits down on the table in front of Vee) You never fail to amaze me! I’m going to reveal a secret to you (beckons Vee with his finger, moving towards the edge of the table, leaning closer to his interlocutor)... Physics... It will help (winks at Vee)!

Vee: (motionless and silent)

Jay: Well?! Do you get the connection?? (pauses, looks at Vee perplexedly)

Vee: (remains silent)

Jay: (waves his hand at Vee, puts his feet up on the table, then raises himself on his elbows and speaks in a quiet muffled voice)  We need to decrease the mass, do you understand? (looks about) If you want to reduce the inertness of society, decrease the mass? Get it?!

Vee: Er… (a little puzzled)... I’m not sure I understand you.

Jay: (speaks slyly with a smile, lies down on the table) N-o-o-o, you’re not getting out of this… Your mask is winking at me… It’s saying, ‘Yes, Jay I understand everything!’ (guffaws loudly)

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Sociomics
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Gary Nisharg & Y Moon Gary Nisharg & Y Moon
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