Your 3rd Socratic Question:
How can we convince these multinational corporations to be on
our side again? I think it's a shame that these
corporations that got their start in our nation are now working against
us to destroy us. So what can we do to get them back on our side?
Your question actually poses a debate unto itself. However I will answer as best as possible in short.
When we bring the educational system back up to the levels which create an atmosphere of solid rewards to the schools which strive for higher
excellence instead of funding only those schools which programs concentrate solely on the challenged students, we will begin to take the first steps
in reversing the trends toward popping out students with the mediocre trade school mentality and bring back to our nations the ability to foster the
most brilliant minds ready and willing to accept the challenges of the future.
Public schools through government regulations, rules and funding requirements have taken the role of complete power over the teachers, students as
well as the parents and in doing so are setting up the lower standards which lead the masses into the false sense of helplessness in ones individual
direction not only in education but life in general.
To empower the student you do not use tactics such as the no child left behind programs which have each student read at least 400 minutes per week
starting in grade 1. It becomes a drudgery, a hastle and from the beginning takes the fun out of reading.
Take my son for example, he was reading long before kindergarten, and yet once he hit first grade and was pressured into reading the same books at
home he had always loved, and putting his time reading into a log, he very quickly lost interest in those same favorites because of the control over
something he loved that he was good at.
Also many of the kids that showed no sign of advanced ability, intelligence, would take all of the rewards for having supposedly read 6 or 8 hundred
minutes a week. My son said when they read out loud you could tell they had not read that many books in the time frame, impossible! Yet they were
rewarded just the same. He refused to cheat and often fell under the minimum minutes required or simply did not write his reading time down.
Subsequently his grades suffered. And with this broken spirit his love of simply picking up a book to read just for the sheer joy of it.
Let us move on to the reasons people are so easily controlled. Next to the sub par educational system is health and nutrition regulated and controlled
by the Government.
Genetically modified organisms (GMO) uses molecular biology technology to enhance rapid growth, resistance to disease and desired affects to
eventually rule over factors such as drought resistance and mass production and the ability to create their own pesticide from within.
We already know that the pollens blown in the wind from these GMO's spreads to other plants and even have been known to kill the Monarch butterfly
and their caterpillars. With the loss of the honey bee one must ask if it is the GMOs which are responsible.
Humans are also susceptible to the toxic introductions of GMOs. Allergens have reached an all time high in children world wide and have been
attributed to peanuts and other foods.
Yet how many GMOs are being used under the guise of other more healthy alternatives which are directly responsible for this incredibly significant
EPA FDA and USDA all have a responsibility. Yet they continue to side with the industrialized future for all human beings regardless of consequence or
The Prince of Whales seems to be a true voice of reason for the people in this most critical time of decission making about GMOs and their place in
the future. When asked about GMOs here are some excerpts from his honest answers:
1. Do we need GM food in this country?
On the basis of what we have seen so far, we don't appear to need it at all. The benefits, such as there are, seem to be limited to the people who
own the technology and the people who farm on an industrialised scale. We are constantly told that this technology may have huge benefits for the
future. Well, perhaps. But we have all heard claims like that before
and they don't always come true in the long run - look at the case of antibiotic growth promoters in animal feedstuff...
2. Is GM food safe for us to eat?
There is certainly no evidence to the contrary. But how much evidence do we have? And are we looking at the right things? The major decisions about
what can be grown and what can be sold are taken on the basis of studying what is known about the original plant, comparing it to the genetically
modified variety, and then deciding whether the two
are 'substantially equivalent'. But is it enough to look only at what is already known? Isn't there at least a possibility that the new crops
(particularly those that have been made resistant to antibiotics) will behave in unexpected ways, producing toxic or allergic reactions? Only
independent scientific research, over a long period, can provide the final answers.
3. What sort of world do we want to live in?
This is the biggest question of all. I raise it because the capacity of GM technology to change our world has brought us to a crossroads of
fundamental importance. Are we going to allow the industrialisation of Life itself, redesigning the natural world for the sake of convenience and
embarking on an Orwellian future? And, if we do, will there eventually be
a price to pay? Or should we be adopting a gentler, more considered approach, seeking always to work with the grain of Nature in making better, more
sustainable use of what we have, for the long-term benefit of mankind as a whole? The answer is important. It will affect far more than the food we
eat; it will determine the sort of world we, and our children, inhabit.
As posed in my opening statement it is the governments responsibility to to create a trust between the organizations which are in place to promote our
overall health and well being of the individual and not give in to the industrialized state which looks only to the monetary value of our shared
GMO's are only the tip of the ice when looking into the reasons behind the general dumbing down of the individual. Other issues include tainted
vaccines, mercury in fillings, fluoride in drinking water, lead in older schools and dwellings.
Confusion for the consumer with products available to the general public which have been found to cause cancer and many health related problems all
that have been government approved are readily available are also part of the problem.
For instance plastics have been used for generations in everything from baby bottles to drinking water yet the studies show the harmful affects of
using such products.
Phthalates found in common household products such as shower curtains, furniture, and other soft plastic materials are a serious health threat
especially to the immunocompromised, elderly, children and pregnant women, can be found in almost all homes.
Phthalates are a known hormone disruptor and are responsible for lower sperm count, reproductive development in the unborn fetus.
Formaldehyde, found in the adhesives in particleboard, plywood, and medium-density fiberboard . Also in the finish of permanent-press fabrics. A
known human carcinogen, formaldehyde is associated with nasal and brain cancers and possibly leukemia. Immediate reactions include eye irritation,
skin and respiratory allergies, asthma, nausea, coughing, chest tightness, and wheezing.
Although there are agencies working towards exposing the factual based truths about the environment and its hazards towards the over all health and
well being of our children, it is seems always a little too late for the children affected by the reports. One such agency is the ATSDR:
ATSDR has long advocated a comprehensive approach to promoting the environmental health of children. ATSDR has confirmed from more than 10 years
of public health assessments, toxicological investigations, epidemiological studies, and reviews by expert work groups that children have unique
characteristics that often place them at greater risk of adverse health effects when exposed to toxic substances emitted from hazardous waste sites or
chemical releases. Children who live near hazardous waste sites may have greater exposures, greater potential for health problems, and less ability to
avoid hazards than do adults. Exposure to hazardous substances can cause growth and development problems in children, such as learning disabilities,
mental retardation, cerebral palsy, and hyperactive airways, as well as cancer.
My Socratic question to you:
What part if any do you see the media as being responsible for the dumbing down of the American youth, and do you feel that video games and Asian
based cartoons play a significant role in making children overly reliant upon outside stimulus for their imagination and critical thinking skills?