What is Shaping Future Generations? Certainly It’s Not Formal Education

Tonight I was watching the latest episode of Fringe, “The road not taken”. In one of the scenes, Walter is explaining to Olivia why she’s been having visions. He describes our perception of time as a line, while in reality at every moment our reality unfolds into an infinite number of these lines. Every decision that can be taken creates an alternate reality, as real as ours.

What this triggered in me was something far from Fringe’s plot. It made me think about how we see the world the way we see it. Why we consider what’s acceptable or not. What makes us think as Gen X or Gen Y; and ultimately, what makes us change as a society. How did I get here, you may be asking yourself. Well, this is how…

When Walter was giving his explanation to Olivia, he wasn’t just explaining that. It was Pop Culture speaking about Quantum Physics (multiple histories of a particle), about a different paradigm. In high school, I remember learning Newton’s 1+1=2 physics. The “simple” and predictable one. Quite ancient compared to “the 1+1= a lot of things and some other we can’t answer” physics of nowadays.

Formal education isn’t the way to evolve a society. To prepare its members for change. Quite the opposite. It ensures (and enforces) that the traits of the current generation are transmitted to the following.

Society tends to adopt this “manual to life”. It saves us the job of thinking about things. If someone gives us the answers, why waste energy in double checking them? Besides, it’s the Truth.

Those with a critical attitude will challenge this guide and set sail to discover the other truths.

So, what drives social change then?

I believe that it’s not just one factor. It is a constellation of them. Only one would not be enough to foster massive cultural change. It needs to be supported by other factors to make the meme/chunk of knowledge get traction and thrive. Trying to analyze these factors one by one would certainly require more than one post. Or more than a dozen (I should write a book). That’s why I’ll focus in one. The one that drove me to write this post. Pop culture.

It plays an important role and often underestimated role. Pop culture prepares society for what’s coming, or for what’s already here and we are not seeing. I bet that today, our schools are not teaching the the theory of Relativity, nanotechnology or quantum physics… hell no, we are still debating if evolution is a fact or a conspiracy to deviate us from the Truth. But nowadays people are getting, through almost subliminal channels, bits of information that prepares them for the moment to switch paradigms. Pop culture is creating the foundations to support that knowledge. And little by little is preparing us to view the world through a different screen.

For instance, if tomorrow on CNN you read that a group of scientists have discovered the way to travel through time, I don’t think you would jump from your chair freaking out about the crazy stuff that people discover or create. You have been prepared, for when the moment comes, to digest those news faster. If you are a hard core sci-fi fan, unless a flying saucer abducts you and gives you a thrill ride through the galaxy, you shouldn’t be shocked by groundbreaking or “look-like-magic” discoveries. Warp speed? That’s old!

I stated that there wasn’t just one factor. If I had to name a few ones quickly I’d say that any communication channel that is not at the service of the status-quo can function as a change-driver. It’s always by the clash of the old vs. the new that advancement is possible. One can’t exist without the other. There is no change if there is nothing to change.

Fernando Tarnogol is an Argentinean psychologist, currently working as Program Coordinator at the Devereux Foundation in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Your Home Based Business – Formal Education Vs “Internet” Knowledge

It’s been determined by “experts” that in the near future middle-class America will be obsolete. Just imagine, we will either find ourselves living below the poverty level, struggling to get by from paycheck to paycheck, or if we’re lucky, we join the ranks of the upper class. But is luck a determining factor in success or failure? I don’t think so. Like the great poet of his time, William Ernest Henley, wrote, “We are the captains of our universe, the masters of our souls”. We have complete control over our thoughts and our action, and in our great nation, we have the freedom to do or to be anything we desire. Fortunately, the opportunity for financial success is available to anyone who dares to grab it. Your dream of having own home based Internet business is closer than you think to becoming a reality.

The key to personal and financial success lies within us all. It starts with determination, dedication, and perseverance. First, get started, then stay focused, don’t let anything stand in your way and most important, don’t quit. When you think you want to pull your hair out, don’t – it’s very painful! When you’re ready to throw your computer out the window, stop – that could get expensive! You CAN do this. When you get stuck, ask questions. The more questions we ask, the more we learn. The more we learn, the more educated we are. In his book, Think and Grow Rich, the great Napoleon Hill wrote “Any person is educated who knows where to get knowledge when it is needed and how to organize that knowledge into definite plans of action.” This is so true and fortunately there are many avenues available where you can gather all the knowledge and information you need to make your business completely successful.

I’ve learned the hard way that you cannot succeed without the help and support of others. Even if you know nothing about starting a business you can still be successful. I read a story about Henry Ford that explains very well how anyone with the desire can become successful. A Chicago newspaper featured a story which basically said Henry Ford was an idiot because he had no formal education. He never attended high school much less college. Mr. Ford in turn sued the newspaper for libeling him. In the questioning phase of the trial, the attorney for the newspaper questioned Mr. Ford himself, asking him questions of a general nature to prove he was in fact an idiot. Finally, after many more questions of the same nature, Mr. Ford responded. His response floored everyone in the courtroom, judge and jury alike. He asked the attorney why he should clutter his mind with such general knowledge when, on his desk he had a row of buttons and by pushing any one of them he could summon one of a number of men who could answer any question about any subject he wished to gain knowledge of. Believe it or not you and I have this same power at our fingertips. We may not have geniuses standing around just waiting to answer our questions, but we do have the Internet. The Internet is like a super highway of knowledge and by pressing a few buttons we can have the answers to any questions we want or need about any subject we so desire.

Please understand, I am in no way taking anything away from the benefits of having a formal education. I have the utmost respect for those who choose to pursue a higher education. It takes a great deal of determination and perseverance in and of itself and is quite commendable. I am saying you don’t have to be one the geniuses who worked for Mr. Ford knowing everything about anything. Again, with the Internet, you have everything you need to succeed right in front of you. If you can read and understand this article then you definitely have what it takes to start your own home based Internet business. So get started and Good Luck!