Thursday, January 28, 2010

The language of oppression

Ways to dissuade children’s interest in science, technology, engineering and math

There are several children in our squatted house. Some of them have also reached the time where they would start school if they were a part of established society, and we also have teenagers. We keep them away as much as we can from that, of course, not letting that society teach them its language, the language of the oppressor.

That language is many things.

Children are taught greed from an early age. They learn how to place value on things, on trinkets and baubles. But most of all they learn a language alienating them, both from their own instincts and from nature, from Earth and life on it.

That language is science. Science has long since become the new religion, and among its many bad qualities is the fact that it teaches that the world and life on it is a Petri dish, one where an aloof humanity may poke and hurt any creature, including other humans for the sake of «knowledge», money and power.

We, the adults of the squatted house, being quite the resourceful bunch in many ways teach them differently, teach them about ancient humanity, about the value of life and unspoiled nature, how we hardly had any footprints then, and how we for countless generations left the Earth pretty much as it was when we were born. We tell them about the language of the oppressor, of civilization, but we certainly don’t teach it.

Civilization is many things, also about the insane need to build, to construct and destroy. We teach unschooling, deconstruction, independence and a diversity that is very far from the narrow chinks of civilization. Advanced technology is uncool, we tell them. Civilization is a Machine, forming all humans in its own image. We tell them how to avoid the pitfalls during adolescence, how to avoid being drawn into the maelstrom of society, how not to be dumbed down by a system of government doing its best to educate people to dependency and stupidity. They know, from an early age that science and advanced technology, engineering and math are inherently bad for us all, a part of an artificial construct destroying everything making life worth living.

We instruct them in ways to recognize the signs of brainwashing in the other children they interact with, an interaction we encourage, and give them feedback, in turn teach them the alternative to civilization, something that has yielded quite remarkable results. Other people’s children are visibly happier among us than they are among their own parents.

Civilization is a construct, we tell them, a Machine, and the Machine wants everybody to be its servants, its wheels within wheels. Science is about taking a tiny piece of reality and present it as all of it, a lie, a deception of the worst order. Building and expanding cities, constructing giant buildings of concrete, metal, glass and plastic is killing us all. Studying the language of death isn’t a noble pursuit. Rebelling against the Machine and all its works is.

Tyranny isn’t really about letting uniformed thugs loose on protesters, isn’t about making ever more oppressive laws. That is just the end product, the final touch when everything else is already in place. The main token of a successful tyranny is its language, something integrated into society’s foundation. Children today are tricked, more or less forced to give up a piece of themselves, one piece at the time. By the time they reach adulthood there is very little left of their humanity, and they are fooled into policing themselves, making the magistrates’ job fairly easy, a mere formality. It is practically a miracle if any of us, living today reach adulthood with any true cognitive thought left. The language of civilization shunts nature and all reality outside human perception and builds an ivory tower where almost all of us reside.

We simply teach children about the vast reality outside the tiny construct, that’s all, teach them how insignificant the construct truly is, and how glorious is the Universe outside the construct’s bubble.

4 comments:

  1. I agree that the way we are all being schooled (trained) to be a submissive culture. How can we break from this if this is the norm? How can we teach our children if this is all WE know?

    I like to think that I am a free thinker, a student of life and philosophy... however there is no denying that I have been taught to work very hard, and that life is often dominated by work and how much money I've got in my wallet. I have been taught to follow the rules of the law the best I can, especially in public. I have been taught that I should listen to authority, within the limits of reason.

    Now, another thing. You say that science is the enemy. How can this be so? Surely you cannot believe all science is inherently bad. Science itself is a discipline. A way to explore the world and to discover new things. Just about everything in this world can be attributed to science in one form or another. Now, saying science is a marr on humanity is a lot like saying that any other discipline is evil as well. I say that these schools of thought are in no way evil...it is the way that these things are applied that ulimately makes them bad for the rest of civilization.

    As in, it's not the car that's driving terrible, it's the driver.

    Very wonderful and thought provoking post. Thank You.

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  2. Thank you :)

    I believe firmly that advanced technology and civilization itself is inherently bad, very bad. It is destroying everything making life worth living. That "small" thing is enough for me.

    You should discard law, authority and science, and then work with yourself the rest of your life to free yourself from every chain those bad things have placed on you.

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  3. I agree with the sentiment of what you're saying, but you are using a computer, one of the products of the oppressive, technological machine, to say it.

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  4. Yes, there is no need to preach to the converted, to say it to those that don't use computers, if you get my drift...

    When in Rome, dress like a roman.

    I usually live off the grid, though, and I'm not often online or often using a computer at all.

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