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And now we are celebrating? or at least marking the 10th anniversary of our voluntary, unnecessary war with Iraq. But that was not the start of consumerism as a disease. We know that the disease consumption is highly contagious. Consumerism is too. It feeds upon false pride. It weakens the body's defenses, and the character of its host. Consumers are dehumanized as statistics and numbers of folks, studied and analyzed to gain maximum return on investments in advertising and other attempts to manipulate us to buy products. We are made to feel insecure that our teeth aren't white enough, and stupid when the products they sell don't work. And our schools, by keeping our students under restraint and observation, are instrumental in raising whole new generations of hosts for consumerism the disease.
The hands actually touch every facet of human culture and relationship to the planet, and to connect us to each other. Encouragement of consumerism is only one effect of our failure to engage the hands in learning and making. There is a solution. Make certain that the things you buy are tools that enable your own creativity. If you are not ready for that, then at least invest your monetary resources in encouraging the growth and creativity of others. Those in your own community are best.
My friends Elliot Washor and Charles Mojkowski have a new book out, Leaving to Learn, which addresses the problem that once every 12 seconds a student drops out of high school. Leaving to Learn is built upon the authors' experiences with Big Picture Schools which integrate on and off campus learning, thus engaging students in real world experiences, known to engage learners. I've been trying for years to get our local public school to offer a learning through internship program to our public school students.
this link is to the video made by Murdo and Nancy in which I give offer a glimpse into my work. Murdo is a former film maker who worked on several films with Francis Ford Coppola before moving to Eureka Springs.
Make, fix and create...