The Mind's Eye
As we live in a world looking for diversity. I say look to the processes on the mind/mind's eye, and you will find the true diversity within the peoples of the world. Not in race or social beliefs, but with the genetics that make up the mind and its processes.
The process is an issue of genetic diversity, not to be mistaken for the upbringing, socioeconomic or environmental factors a person is subjected to.
As is my way, I choose to explain complex, and in this case very complex, issues with simplistic analogies. This allows one to understand what would otherwise be beyond the understanding of some people. Of course for those with seeking minds- they are welcome to look into the biological information if their educational background makes this feasible.
When I consider the mind's eye, I see three major groupings, which I have chosen to use the analogy of roadways to explain what I see and believe.
1. The first is like a straight forward one-way street. It is most effective at getting the person from one point to the next.
These are the people who are very straight forward in their thinking and goal setting. They learn easily and well within the institutionalized education systems used today.
They are able to set their goals, often for life, then with a single minded determination work to achieve their set goal. They are in general, very happy people who view life with a steadfast persistence that refuses to accept failure.
These are the people who work into a job or career with a saticfaction that can last a lifetime. They are often seen by partners and employeers as the most dependable and reliable people to set to a task.
2. The second grouping are those whoose thinking is like that of a two-way street. These are the peoople who often see themselves as better than those around them. And like the first group they do very well within an institutionalized education system. Within a closely restricted system they can always find those loopholes which let them rise above their peers.
Their ability to think of more than one thing at a time(or multi-task) gives them an advantage over those around them. And thus they are often able to advance quickly, as long as they are within a well structured enviornment.
They also have the ability to develop an empathy toward those around them. This ability can lead to great societal growth or great societal destruction. For these people have little patience for the status quo.
When these people develop the capacity for empathy and learn to have a caring heart, they become the greatest of care givers. For with the empathy and caring grows a compassion that is seldom matched. They continually strive to find better ways to help those in need. And their joy is derived from the happiness of those they help.
Those of this group who fail to find compassion, take a different path. They use their empathy as a means to control others. They follow paths and careers that utilize their ability to manipulate others, often seeing those who fail to see through their deceptions as inferior and therefore deserving of being had.
These are the people who struggle for worldly greatness, at any cost. As the old saying goes, they rise upon the backs of others until they reach the position of their maximum level of incompetence.
Once there, they guard their position with a near paranoia. Always fearful that someone will come along and take their place, like a giant toad squatting in the swamp on its throne, eating anything that comes within reach.
3. The third group is the most complex, with minds that are wired like a multilane freeway. Their upbringing can and often is a difficult and challenging task. For these youths do not fit in well with a closely structured society. Institutionalized education systems are almost always a trial, as these children do not think in the same linear way that the systems rely upon.
It can also be difficult in the raising of these children for their parents as well. For these children do not fit within the 'normal' mold that parents are told to expect. These children do not readily pick up on social cues or respond to discipline as other children might. With the complexity of a multi-leveled mental processing, the child's presentation can vary widely and in ways that can change as the child develops.
Emotionally, they can present as excessively emotional or stoic in ways that change during the growing process. These children can excel beyond all expectations only to fall behind as others progress around them. Or they can begin slowly, while ultimately out stripping the smartest of their contemporaries.
The difficulty in the determination and anticipation in how these children will fare lies within the multi-levels of thought processes developing and operating at the same time. At that same time this developmental process is taking place, these children are often forced through an educational system designed for linear thinking children.
This leaves the child to struggle with a mind that processes multiple levels at one time, while receiving educational training on a single level at time. This can lead to a frustration in the child, as well as with the educators.
As a result, we see a drug culture that has grown within the educational system. This has risen in part from the frustration of the educators. These children do not think, or learn, the way they "are supposed to", and many educators feel it is their task to correct the child. This often comes in the form of ridicule and harassment, driving the child in on him/herself until they are able to hide their uniqueness from the world around them.
When the child is unwilling or unable to hide what makes them special or unique, the system relies on labels and diagnoses to deal with them. Many of these children are labeled as 'disabled' or 'abnormal'. Many of these diagnoses are also used for the justification of mind altering drugs. Drugs intended to "help" the child conform to the structured institutionalized education system.
These drugs used do in fact alter the child's 'behavior' by altering the child's mind and processing mechanisms. Too often, the impact on the developing mind is permanent. Where we once had a child of great promise we now have a refuge of corrupted mental processes.
Where the mind once held multiple tracts/lanes, now it holds a mass of chaos used by educators to reprogram the child into what they think he/she should be to be more normal in their eyes. This is most often done without parental consent or knowledge.
Unfortunately, these children do not become like the single tracked child the educators are seeking. They often become more unruly, with less ability to process even the most basic of information as would have been normal for them. The child has become damaged, and the educators always defer that damage as being the parent’s fault.
Rare are the children who escape or survive this ever vigilant purging mechanism in place within the structured public educational system. But when they do slip through the gaps in the system(usually with the help of an overly vigilant parent, or an exceptional teacher acting as advocate), and learn to embrace their uniqueness, they truly become someone great.
As these children learn to control the many lines of processing that takes place within their mind, they grow in ways that few in our current society are capable of. These are the people who grow to be the world shakers, the cultural changers, the inventors, the creators and thinkers who will make this a better world. These are the people able to live within the world, while seeing beyond the world around them.
Able to grow in ways others can little imagine. These are the kind of people who brought our world to the point of greatness we have achieved in the last few generations.
As recent as two or three generations past, no one could have imagined what we would be capable of today. We have risen from the horse drawn buggy and steam engines to computers and planes that can match the imagination. And without governmental controls/constraints we would have grown even beyond what we consider possible today. To stagger the mind sounds trite, but it is the fear of those within power.
And the people who can help our society adapt and grow into itself, are the very people the 'system' seeks out to inhibit, cripple and control through mind and mood altering drugs.
Over the many years, there have been societies that had recognized these people and their special nature along with their potential. And they often claimed it to be unique to their specific race/culture. This bigotry is as old as history, and has no barring on reality. These children of promise can be found in all races and all cultures. This can be recognized within the structured educational systems of America. For they do not seek out these children by race or culture, but by characteristics.
The purging targets all races equally, though some cultures are more prone to the acceptance of the mind altering drugs than others. These special children can be found among all the races and cultures.
In closing, I would ask the reader along with myself and others. If we take the best and brightest of the upcoming generations and destroy their minds to make them easier to handle, where is the sanity in that?
For those of faith, I admonish you; remember Matthew 18:5-8 and 18:10-14.