Let’s ask ourselves a question shall we?
If this is a Race to the Top are we (the United States of America) in any shape to win?
Sports Mirrors Life; It’s NOT just a Game.
In Sports as in Life we usually would think; if we are going to have a race – a race to the top – the winner would be someone who is physically and mentally superior – right? I could be a little judgmental at the moment, but let’s be serious – is the average American in any shape to be racing at the moment (statistically speaking)?
“Statistically Speaking” we are the sickest, most unhealthy people we have ever been throughout our history – yet, we somehow won’t change to do what’s right. I think that’s pretty clear by the political discussions and the majority of most “business” policies and debates of today.
So how can you want, or even expect, “the people” to productively engage with the changing times as thoughtful, active, responsive and committed local, national and global citizens if we don’t provide the knowledge for them to get there?
How are we supposed to become that when we are crippled with diseases? “Collectively speaking”, we are physically, emotionally and spiritually SICK.
You were right – our country is on the wrong track but we don’t need to rebuild America we need to Recreate her. The old way of thinking won’t work. I’ve seen the reports, I understand the finances; we’re in trouble.
In one of your speeches way back in 2010 YOU said that “we should raise people up who matter.” Good point. But, taking Athletes off the cover of magazines?? – not so good. Athletes are symbolic.
Have you ever wondered why children like Athletes? To them an athlete is symbol of a person who has aspired to live their dreams. And they give us hope that we can do the same.
The secret of the “Golden” Ages lays in that now ignored and forgotten factor – the philosophic life of “MAN”
Let’s face it we ALL love to have opinions, we all like to be suspected of intelligent opinions, and we all have a fiendish desire to force our opinions upon others. However, when our opinions are over-emphasized and their value sense raised to that of facts, persecution inevitably follows – as we can see.
There is a poplular concept that the ancient learning was founded upon “opinion” and modern learning upon observation. I think such a point of view is incompatible with the facts. If you read you will know that Ancient learning was actually accumulated through direct contact with nature and time was such an inconsequential element that several millenia were devoted to the verification of a single premise.
We have outgrown theurgy and are now strapped to new theories of life and death. We believe that learning had its beginning in the sixteenth century and its ending in the twentieth. Mediocrity has become the rule, and genius the exception.
What is missing today was UNIVERSALLY revered by the learned (educated) of antiquity. The human body. The Human Body then, was accepted as a miniature of the universe and the most proper subject for mortal contemplation. Today, we have quite the opposite; the word soul has no meaning in the biological systems of our science.
In Ancient times there were teachers that were termed narrow, exlusive, autocratic, and unscientific, because they demanded a certain standard of excellence in those to whom they taught. Our Age has tried to reverse that ancient rule. Instead of bringing “MEN” up to learning, we have brought learning down to “MEN”. The result – is our tragic narrowness of modern vision.
We have divided learning into provinces and each part flouts its independence in the face of the broader claims of universal interdependence.
If we want to truly Race to the Top we must first examine ourselves.
The human body is a symbol of a nobler purpose, the evidence of a higher destiny. The human body is witness to a hidden majesty. The heart sounds to the drumbeats of progress, the mind soars upwards to explore the reaches of eternity. This is how we were designed.
Experience should have taught us long ago that policies that originate from material consideration and attitudes are inadequate. The whole story of civilization and the records of history tell us that all such adjustments hold no hope of lasting peace and security.
The recognition is long overdue that we have over simplified the problem of world peace when we think that the process is one of breaking the task down for examination of its materialistic parts and then hopefully devising an applicable remedy for each of these.
Superiority does not free us from common responsibility; in fact, it is this superiority that becomes our obligation to assume the greater burden of directing our vision to the well being of the people; all people.
What we are lacking, is the common spirit and common purpose; an ideal strong enough to bind us all together.
It is clearly not enough that we solve particular problems of today. We must solve the very cause of the problems themselves. Wars, depressions, crime, dictators and their oppressions are only symptoms of a greater ailment. And, to examine each problem solely in terms of the problem itself, without recognition of its true relationship to a larger and more universal necessity, is to fail in the broader implications of enduring peace and prosperity.
We certainly can not hope to build our nation upon the sterility of narrow, competitive, materialistic educational policies of the past.
No. What we need to do is have an all embracing examination made into every phase of a human’s needs – and then, and only then, can we begin adequate reconstruction of our policies to a prosperous and peaceful future.
Live and Learn. We All Do.
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