Creatures of Experience

Let’s begin with a simple fact.  We are creatures that develop by experiences.  It is not the only way, but without some interaction with the world around us, we are unable learn enough to become a productive member of society.  As an individual, you will be stunted in personal growth or stalled in reaching goals that will direct you toward a possible fulfillment of your potential.  As a group of people, we will become isolated from the outside world, which leads to an intolerance of others and an ignorance of their ways.  This makes the interaction an important key to our development as individuals and communities.

As a child, we are given rules that are meant to protect us and keep us in an orderly fashion.  These rules can isolate us from different experiences which are likely not to be very good and are generally agreed upon.  Allowing toddlers playing in the street after sunset is a fairly understandable rule that common sense supports.  Warning signs on the outside of an abandoned house are meant to keep people safe from the dangers of physical harms.  It goes beyond our parents’ rules.  Our society has created laws that will help to benefit the learning process without physical harm being inflicted.  A person must go through the proper training and reach a proper age before they can drive.  This is to keep the driver and the rest of society safe.  It makes sense.

Yet, how does it help if the experiences of life are regulated to the point that we are insulated from how to deal with matters of life?  Imagine what would happen if we became a society that only allowed our children to learn one language.  English is taught in the schools and universities.  No other languages including dead ones are allowed to be learned.  How quickly would we become so isolated that we could not even export or import goods such as oil or electronics?  It would strangle the progressive nature of our society and the markets that we depend on as a country.  We need to learn other languages so we are able to communicate.

Ok, take another example.  What would happen if we did not educate ourselves and our children about simple hygiene habits?  It is generally accepted that hygiene helps to prevent illness, makes one socially acceptable, and improves self-image.  These points make sense.  The prevention of health issues are the talking points behind a great many laws and rules of our society.  Sanitation in restaurants is regulated by laws.  Hospitals have rules and laws to protect the patients and doctors.  Common sense shows that we need to be informed to prevent and protect.

Inevitably, someone will break the rules, ignore the regulations, or subvert the laws that prevent harm and protect our society.  Yet, we explain and inform all as to the reasons and consequences of these protections.  We do not just ignore or seal everyone away from the natural experiences of life.  The rights of free will should be given guidelines and the explanation of the consequences.  

If someone decides to rob a bank, they may succeed, but they will be facing the consequences for the rest of their lives.  Yet, we teach everyone about these matters.  However, it has become a method for some states to create laws that will not inform children to the consequences of their actions.  They have decided that the lessons of abstinence are the only methods.  In order to prevent sexual activities in our children, they have decided that it is better to keep them ignorant of the guidelines and the explanation of the consequences.  Their belief is that it is better to tell them no and not truly protect them with the knowledge of what will happen if they pursue these activities.  Like the idea behind personal hygiene, we should be teaching our children about the rules and consequences of these activities.  Talking about them is not approving them.  It is simply a form of protection for our children.  Otherwise, they will likely find a way to explore without our wisdom and guidance to help them regulate their own minds and bodies for logical reasons.  We must teach them so they can become trustworthy.  We must treat them with the same respect that we expect from them.  They are intelligent creatures, so treat them as such.  One day, we will have to let go of their hands so they can find their own way.

Instilling in the hearts of our children those values that we hold dear is not the duty of society through rules and laws, but do not hamper the education of natural sciences such as our own biology.  Laws are not meant to enforce one set of values on people.  The free will of the people gives them the right to choose.  They will pass to their children the values and that act will give them the opportunity to move our society in a better, more enlightened future rather than pull us back into the caves of complete ignorance and intolerance.

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6 responses to “Creatures of Experience”

  1. Alex Jones says :

    You make a good point here. The schools of the USA and the UK at least are failing to provide practical education; they are too obsessed with examination systems. Practical knowledge is in some matters of greater benefit than academic qualifications.

    • I Write Irate says :

      It seems to me that the education has taken a back seat to the idea that the system needs to be used as a political springboard for those that pretend to care for the children. Yet, their true purpose is to promote their own agenda. So, I believe that this obsession with exams is based on the token laws passed due to these agendas rather than passing laws that benefit the students and their teachers.

      • Alex Jones says :

        I agree. In the UK good efforts have been made to take the schools out of the political control of politicians, which has been helpful, but there is a long way to go.

        In the USA the education system is a car wreck.

      • I Write Irate says :

        The federal government does not have the ability to see the microcosm of the local schools, so it tries a blanket method with power. While the state governments have mismanaged the system to the point that the teachers and administrators are left with little money to do what is truly needed. Privatization of the schools will make it so only the wealthy can afford the proper education. It is sad. I am glad to see that the UK is making efforts. Perhaps it is a good sign for the future.

  2. Joshua Letchford says :

    I caught myself (okay, Mum pointed it out to me post-event) doing this with my younger brother just yesterday. He wanted to send an email to a friend and I felt that his subject line was too vague and risked getting his email lost. I insisted he change his subject line and eventually, he came around to my point of view.

    Talking to Mum later I realised that there are things he has to learn by experience, and if he has a bad experience, then that is part of the learning process. A lost email isn’t a scar for life.

    In fact, these are things that I probably learnt by experience myself, because I had no big brother looking over my shoulder shielding me from the consequences of my choices.

    Regarding sex education, I agree teens should be educated about these things instead of kept in the dark, but shouldn’t they be taught by their parents, not the schools?

    • I Write Irate says :

      I would not expect the schools to teach my children all they need to know, but recently a law was passed in a state that removes this kind of education from the teachers’ hands to the point that they can be fined for even mentioning anything. It is to promote the program of abstinence. I would like the schools to teach this as part of a health science class. Very clinical. Some do not agree, but I put my opinion out there.

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