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Monica S Mcfeeters
from Coffee Party News
onto AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US
This was a fascinating article to read. The author creates a peak into the global issue of religion VS education VS traditional culture and the treatment and raising of children. The writer gets the reader to ask many reflective questions regarding personal values, traditions, education, family, faith and the changing modernization of the world and that is good. No answers are handed on platters and no judgment is made here. It is always important to zero in on the question if you seek to find an answer. The writer inspires reflective thinking to shared cultural dilemmas. The religions, geography, family and community structures may differ but the question of how and what values are maintained or blend with the new across a change are universal.
The trade off that is felt and often feared by the families, communities, and faithful or religious the world over is real. One is changed by the introduction of what they fear and what is new. That is the truth. There is a book called "The Axe Makers Gifts" that speaks about the double edge sword that progress and innovation brings. Usually there are great gifts to mankind. But these gifts come with a trade off of something you give up or also allow the ability to abuse and misuse the intended blessing. Often, without noticing the changes come slowly, other times the new and amazing is so intriguing we can hardly resist. We move on in a direction without noticing the changes in the short term. One day we turn around and ask when did some of our very strong social and spiritual support structure disappear or get so weak or fragmented? When did those we thought we could trust change? When did it happen and how did it happen? Does it matter? If it matters how in the world can we rebuild it or even enhance what we once took for granted? What should we embrace? What should we hold to and what should we try to bind together as old and new and move into new destinies with?
In a less than a single generation it is likely we have made more changes in nearly every aspect of our lives and the planet then people before us did over hundreds of years. Reflective thinking about what is valuable to societies before we race into the future would be very wise. Take time to read the article and find your own questions to bring to the table and think through together.