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Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. We’ve talked with you guys before about the need for a vacation, even if you can’t afford one. And we’ve provided examples of the flights you can book into fantasy and absurdity. Yep, welcome aboard another one.
What if the reality is that all of the things we declaim in life actually are the way things are supposed to be?
Take something as basic as good health. If the goals of good health and longevity were actually realized, the results could be economically catastrophic. Just stop and think for a minute. Healthy people don’t need medicine. Big industry there, including advertising and delivery systems. What would all the people employed do for a living, remembering that they too will be living longer and in better health?
Even assuming accidents and natural disasters, with no chronic condition patients to fill them, what would hospitals become if there were not very many sick people or people requiring surgery? Maybe they could be converted to veterinary facilities, animal rehabilitation and more research into what compromises the quality of life for other creatures on the planet. Besides us, I mean.
First responders and emergency rooms would be economically and vocationally safe. Unless people also behaved in saner fashions and dramatically reduced the at risk behaviors which keep this segment of the health industry in business even on a sunny day.
And finally, what about the birth to death rate? If we were living past the century mark, there would be a lot more of us out there unless we either voluntarily accepted a child per family limit or decided that the first requisite of every species was not necessarily to reproduce.
Sometimes we really need to be careful what we pray for. Someone might actually be listening.
And on that note, then, gang, have a great week and thanks for the ear.
CREATING THE NEXT GENERATION OF PERFECT EMPLOYEES: A Criticism of Traditional Education:
Autumn came to Ukraine quietly with the rustle of the fallen leaves under the shoes. September is the month when all the parents could sigh with relief as their dear ones finally came back to school after three months of holidays. There is an interesting article about Ukrainian children’s school uniform with typical for girls braids tied up with classical white chiffon
And just as not much has changed with school uniform, so it has been in the classroom for those who would like a choice besides schoolchildren sitting at the desk from 9am to 3pm. Which really is not much different from a work schedule, is it?
And the usual approach is the same: be quiet, don’t stand out, ‘no initiative goes unpunished.’ That is how it was in my childhood when you try to participate in the lesson, be active, trying answering questions of the teacher and in the end just because your voluntary answering was not that correct as teacher expected you receive a bad grade. While others not even trying just don’t.
It made me wonder if maybe I wasn’t really trying to somehow be in a worse position than those who remained quiet and docile. On the other hand, maybe it’s just our Eastern mentality.
Remembering that our schools trace their roots to the Athenian Greek tradition of discussing different philosophical matters in their free time just makes wonder how modern schooling went so far from that experience.
And so far away from playful children nature. Most people I know suffered at school and no one ever said they liked it. Times change but not, it seems, a system whose behavior demands thaat children “Be quiet, don’t stand out, no initiative goes unpunished”. And every one of those neat looking children dreams of spending time outside where kids belong and not inside in their uniforms, sitting quietly at their desks and morphing into the next generation of perfect employees.
That’s it for this week, Mishka. Be good and stay safe, my cousin. Olya
Olya Bereza, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian. She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management. For comments on this please go here.
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