The word educate comes from roots meaning, "to lead or draw out". Out of what? How about: To lead someone out of ignorance. Or, to draw out innate wisdom and knowledge. Yet, much of the modern educational system is about cramming information in. Granted, one aspect of the learning process takes a certain amount of memorization, but the question begs: What about the smarts that comes from simply knowing, a form of “gnosis”. Animals and little children often know exactly what’s going on before adults do. How could this be if they have not been officially educated?
In my humble opinion and experience, this is because the definition of “education” is limited, as is the process used to so-called educate the young -- a process that is more like indoctrination. Real education respects innate talents, skills, and interests which are thus 'drawn or lead out' by a good teacher, thus helping to find a student’s excitement level and passion.
This little web-page does not profess to provide a course in anything, rather to present some links to information that this life-student has personally found and continues to find useful, as well as deems important for improving the overall well-being of this planet.
Much of the info here is about living-beings . . . since this human being feels that it is the negation of such in education that is part of the problem. In literature we are taught that to give an object human traits is “to personify”. How presumptuous! Native, Indigenous, and Asian cultures, e.g. already recognize and respect the person already in the animal, plant, tree, etc. To the Indigenous ‘they’ are not things but relations with precious gifts, each with inherent wisdoms and a purpose given to them by the Creator. The Chinese exercise-art of Tai Chi often emulates the movements of animals and other beings in nature as a way to teach the two-leggeds how to relax and be in tune with the surroundings. Also, both Asian and Indigenous cultures make reference to the head-heart, i.e. as human beings we have a natural ability to think-feel at the same time.
Language, too, can be stilted. We have “verbs” and “nouns” but a ball in motion is a kind of noun-verb, compared with a ball at rest. Or as Alan Watts put it:
So the universe “eyes” in the same way a tree “apples” and space “stars”. You can always turn a noun into a verb because every thing is also an event, a happening. Houses are “housing”. (from Cloud-hidden, Whereabouts Unknown: A Mountain Journal).
The “disconnect” is perhaps the biggest reason that the abuse and desecration of Mother Earth continues. Her natural energies are seen by some people as mere dead resources and commodities. These numb-nut types (and it’s not all males, so that includes some females with balls) continue to abuse the Earth, Waters, Air . . . because they think it is all numb. If only they could turn the mirror around, or be locked-up in jail!
While the Occupy Movement is raising awareness, the bigger picture needs to be more deeply recognized and respected. As example, it’s great to avoid foreclosure and get one’s house back, but if the ground beneath it splits due to Earth imbalances, then what’s it all worth? The (Un)Occupy Movement: Autonomy of Consciousness, Practical Solutions, Human Equality aims to bridge some of the gaps in the global (r)evolutionary movements.
For the above reasons, many of the links here, thus far, represent voices from Indigenous cultures because they are the ones who have lived (and still live) closest to the land, actually with the land, for the longest time and thus know better how it all works. If your lights don’t work, you call an electrician. If the plumbing don’t work, you call a plumber. Let’s face it, Earth is in need of repairs and part of the healing process is about transcending our ego-based, textbook-based self-identities and asking for help. The Kogi, for example, call themselves the Elder Brothers and they have sent out a warning, which you can learn about from the documentary, From the Heart of the World, plus there’s a book by Alan Ereira, The Elder Brothers.
Since a movie or a book or a conversation or whatever can lead or draw someone out, each of us has the ability to be self-educated. May you find what you’ve been looking for.
Bolivia - “Living Well”
Ecuador’s new Constitution
The Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
Pachamama (Earth-Time-Space) Alliance
First Voices Indigenous Radio
First Voices Indigenous Radio “Skywaves”
Indigenous Environmental Network
Global Forest Coalition
Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Confederacy) Great Law of Peace
Censored News features news about Indigenous around the world.
Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature
(Many see it not as a matter of “rights”, rather “responsibilities”, yet that Nature be sustained is the key.)
Kanatsiohareke - Mohawk Community
Unseen Tears: The Impact of Native American Residential Boarding Schools in Western New York (~30 minute documentary) - To donate and help make this into a feature-length documentary or to purchase the DVD for $10 plus $5 shipping, e-mail Ruchatneet Printup, Community Support Services Director for Native American Community Services: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cultural Conservancy
First Peoples Worldwide
The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (video)
Navaho Cosmogony and Worldview
A westward-transmittal of the Teachings of Lao Tzu's
THOU DEI JINN
and it's Chinese companion-classic "The Book Of Change"
The Mystery of the Essenes
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