Two very small words that have a big meaning.
Think back to when you were a child.
When you were growing up, how often did someone ask you who you were and
the response started off with “I am”.
Do we really know who we are?
And along the same line, do we really know what we want?
Why is it that our society feels that we need to decide who we are, what we want,
and where we want to be all before we can sit and legally have a beer?
Why is this the question we ask our children?
The Law of Flow governs creativity as well as many other areas of our lives. If you
hoard, there is no space for the new to enter, this can be money, clothes, ideas,
beliefs etc. We have a choice if we replace rubbish with more rubbish or clutter. If
you continue thinking the same way you will continue to have the same
experiences. Start making changes, then something different has to come in. If
our emotions are peaceful others will want to come close to us.
In Diana Cooper’s book A Little Light on the Spiritual Laws she tells us to be
masterful and use the law of flow to make your life what you want it to be.
What does this tell us?
Garbage in, garbage out.
If we keep asking our children the same questions, we are going to get the same
Why can’t the question be “What positive mark do you want to leave on the
world in your lifetime?”
Instead of expecting them to go through school and before they even start in high
school to know what it is that they want to do-for the rest of their lives-why can’t
we ask them what they would change?
If we are expecting them to be mature enough and smart enough to make a
decision that will stick with them for the rest of their lives, shouldn’t they be
smart enough and mature enough to answer this simple question?
What would you change?
We hear all the experts say different things (remember Dr. Spock?) but not once
do you hear what the students want.
Let’s look at getting some input from them, and not only listening to the input,
but acting on it.
What would you change?
Do you think it is any wonder that when someone gets into their 20’s that they
are so disillusioned with the world?
This isn’t a generational thing. It is not a Boomer vs Gen Xer vs Millenial vs
whatever else sort of label has been made up by society. All this generational
stuff is a big load of shit.
Labels are made up by people who want to create an us vs them battle, and the
only people that win are the people who made up the label.
My father was born in 1942. He didn’t have a TV and listened to baseball on the
radio. He really had to walk everywhere. Sundays were for Church and relaxing.
I was born in 1969 and things sure have changed since I was born. We had to get
up and change the tv (I was my brother’s remote control!), we cooked hot dogs
on the stove, we had to walk everywhere. Nothing was open on Sundays.
My oldest daughter was born in 2001. There were remote controls for tv’s, we
could listen to the monitor to hear if she was crying, everything was open, all the
time, and we could hop in the car and get her to the best gymnastics club in the
area in 30 minutes.
And in 2041 I may have a grand-child.
What is going to be different for my grand-child?
I would hazard a guess and say a lot. There will be a lot of things that are
different by then.
Maybe they will be able to think of a podcast and it will automatically write itself.
More than likely they will be able to teleport from one place to another. And the
food? I can only imagine.
Here is the problem. Look at when my father was born to when I was born to
when my oldest daughter was born.
All the technological and societal changes have occurred, but one thing remains
What is it you ask?
The educational system.
When my father was in high school they took Latin, English, Math, Science and
When I was in high school I took English, Math, Science and Phys Ed.
When my oldest daughter was in high school she took English, Math Science and
Notice anything different?
I included Latin for my father to show that some things have changed, while
others have stayed the same.
When my youngest daughter gets to University age will there even be the same
courses as there are now? How about when my yet to be born grand-daughter
does? Will university even exist as we now know it?
So, to get back to my initial thoughts, the generational divide has nothing to do
when a person is born, it has to do with the advancement of technology and a
persons ability (or desire) to adopt the technology. I know people in their 70’s
who know more about computers than someone in their 20’s. I know children
who know more about tablets than people in their 50’s. It is not based on age
and we should throw those generational names in the garbage.
And, we need to take a close hard look at our educational system and the
questions we ask our children. Will any of what they are learning now even be
relevant in 30 years? Would it not be better to ask them “What would you
What would you change about the world?
What would you change about your education system?
What would you change about the environment?
What would you change?
From asking these questions, we can find out what they really want to do, and if
they really know what they want to do, they can start using this to guide their
future dreams, goals and aspirations to what they want, instead of what we want.
What is most interesting about this episode?
It all started with two small words that can change the world.