Bird Droppings September 4, 2011
Developing a community requires contributions of self
We have become a world of self centered egotists which I know is a generalization of perhaps a bit too much. In education building an educational school community has consistently been shown to improve schools effectiveness yet we always seem to turn in other directions. A new test or new curriculum for example versus building community show we can produce. A bit down the lines I use a quote from Roy L. Smith, author and biblical scholar that gives emphasis to my first point.
“In this world, in order to enable society to develop, all its members have to assume responsibilities and make their contribution. If we do not make collective contributions then there will be no development.” The Dalai Lama, speaking to the Tibetan National Assembly in Dharamsala, May 1989
Each of us lives in a society, possibly a community and as much as we choose, so often it is to be individuals. We are members of and interact within that group that we chose to be within. It is the vitality of that group the development and growth that is so intertwined with contributions physically, mentally, and spiritually of the members, this society exists because of the interactions.
“Compare society to a boat. Her progress through the water will not depend upon the exertion of her crew, but upon the exertion devoted to propelling her. This will be lessened by any expenditure of force in fighting among themselves, or in pulling in different directions.” Henry George
We have to be working together moving forward and as humans do so often much time is wasted fighting, arguing, and bickering among ourselves and motion or growth is limited and stifled.
“The greatest difficulty with the world is not its ability to produce, but the unwillingness to share.” Roy L. Smith
Watching high school students form clicks, groups, and other circles of friends and adults join clubs, social groups, and again other circles they chose to join, we tend to be a selfish animals. We look so to ourselves and what benefits us even in limiting friends and such to a degree we box ourselves in. even sharing a simple task can be so often a distant one. Old TV humor even plays on this subject. In several episodes of old Seinfeld and Will and Grace sit coms, the represent giving as a chore, or a burden. The characters are literally parasitically instead of symbiotic. As I looked for quotes and thoughts the following was found.
“Societies that do not eat people are fascinated by those that do.” Ronald Wright
Wright was speaking literally. Yet interestingly enough we of modern society while we do not literally eat people we still do, psychologically and inadvertently often destroy them. As I look at how we respond to others so often it is how we see ourselves indirectly.
“The most difficult we do not deal in facts when we are contemplating ourselves.” Mark Twain
Just before school was out last year, in a project assignment several students simply, “completed it” they did not finish the task but answered what they thought was the question, they just wanted done. Whether it was right or wrong, good or bad, was not the issue it was over.
“Until you value yourself you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.” M. Scott Peck
I read this quote and saw an answer, if you truly do not appreciate yourself, your time has little if any value even when you are self absorbed in using it frivolously you simply are taking up time not using it. Guessing at answers to a test to simply get done or rushing through just to be over still you wait just as the rest do so is there any benefit. A favorite catch word “I don’t care” should read “I really do not care about myself”. As we enter the middle of a week, our worlds is troubled and sore please keep all in harm’s way on your mind and in your hearts. Maybe change is around the corner sooner than we think?