SAMUEL LEWIS, co-illustrator of Education-books One-to-One & Unqualified Education, and former webmaster of the Jamboree website, writes for FREEDOM IN EDUCATION about his experiences of growing up in today’s world.
Firstly I must preface that I don’t like writing; I don’t enjoy the mental strain involved in getting my thoughts down on paper in a coherent, and grammatically-correct way. I don’t enjoy sitting in front of the computer screen, either. It is something I spend too much of my time doing, and I am much happier doing something creative, and physical.
So why am I writing on the Freedom-in-Education website…?
For two reasons, which probably boil down to the same thing.
I believe that I have had a sort of un-typical life up to this point, probably characterized by the fact that I haven’t spent a single day in an educational institution.
I have very frequently encountered the question – Does (or did) this work?
And this leads me to my second reason for writing. As of now (2011) I am 24 years old, looking around me and asking myself the same question… Does it work? Life, that is.
It seems that it still hangs in the balance.
When i was little I was told that We were cutting down the Rainforest (a football field per second, I believe), I was told that We had ripped a giant hole in our atmosphere, which would now make it dangerous to expose ourselves to strong sunlight. I was also told that We were burning so many fossil fuels, that our planet was heating unnaturally, that the polar ice cap was melting, that thousands of creatures would lose their lives, and, due to changed weather conditions much of the world would become uninhabitable…
Now I am older. I don’t feel that today’s busy world has a place for me – and more importantly, I don’t really think I want a place in today’s world.
As I write today, i am looking around bewildered and baffled. I am asking myself – What should I do?
My blog then, will be an answer to the first question at least – Does it Work? Read, and you will be able to make up your own mind if my first 24 years were well-spent or not.
Perhaps there are some of you who might have an answer to the second Does it Work?
If so, I sincerely hope that we will be able to work for a new beginning for ourselves and our world, and leave something that future generations will not simply curse us for.