How to Make Everything Better
The ability to deliberately manipulate the way our own minds work and the degree to which they work is maybe what separates us from other animals. That’s the reason our ineffective, pornographic education system wrankles me the way it does.
But that’s not the only reason I’m sharing this excellent video of Ken Robinson’s talk about education.
The real reason is that his way of thinking about the system is exactly what I’m trying to teach through my writing here.
He tackles the issues by throwing out the dogma and cultural memes, and simply asking: why do we do it this way? What historical forces led to a system like this? What present interests keep it this way? Does this system serve its intended purpose? Can we do better?
It’s more than just education. This method of reasoning can and should be applied to every part of your life. It’s about how we feel about ourselves. It’s about why we react the way we do. It’s about our relationship with money, our lovers, our friends.
Throw out the assumptions that came from outside you, and ask yourself:
- What led to me doing it this way?
- What keeps me doing it this way?
- Am I getting what I want by doing it this way?
- Is there a better way?
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