posted on Nov, 30 2012 @ 02:36 PM
Back when I was in school I remember teachers often telling my parents how I was in my own little world all the time, during lessons I would
inevitably end up drawing strange illustrations and patterns in my textbook, rather than the work. It is no surprise then that I failed miserable in
most of the valued academic subjects such as maths and English. I mention this because I feel society is not yet equipped to deal with the diverse set
of paths our consciousness sometimes wishes pursue; this is highlighted by the system and practices we use to “educate” our youth.
It is evident the government fully understand the potential of the educational system as the ultimate propaganda tool. We were taught to stand in
line. At register we affirm our presence by a “here sir/miss”, our existence defined by a slot in a column of names, in alphabetical order. We are
taught to walk from class to class, the same ritual every week, every day. We were bought together by our school uniforms, with the school logo and
branding of course. Just think about your time in school for a second, was the emphasis on learning for yourself, or was it learning from the
authority. It is a system ruled by ritual and order, if you do not fall into line you are put in detention, the same model applied to criminals which
must be a huge success otherwise why would we apply it to our children, would that not be illogical?
Now you could argue that this is not just a school thing, the same rituals apply to most things in life, I would agree. So is the entire system being
manipulated or are we just natural inclined to create order amongst ourselves?
I think that is an interesting question, despite the intentions and motives of world leaders, one thing becomes clear. We are not brought up in a
world that values self-awareness. There is no doubt in my mind we are discouraged from thinking for ourselves, we base our knowledge on scientists
current believes, we act on celebrities belief’s and style in their image. I am not against being part of a collective, I feel we are not part of a
collective though; we are part of a brand. Our existence is based on loyalty to an image; a way of being that is outside of our very conscious being.
Everything from religion to the media perpetrates our illusion of life and how we are live it, that is the ruler where we chose to draw our own
I was very nearly a victim to the system, perhaps in part I still am. Here on ATS I like to think most of us are survivors of the system, holding on
by our finger tips. We are conscious enough to form our own opinions and at least be objective and critical or ourselves and others.
I have realised what the system deemed my weakness was actually my strength. I have lost many friends to the propaganda and the brand. Many could have
been successful in life but were undermined and undervalued, this is not a matter of making excuses for them, it is just an observation. I myself used
to get into trouble with the police, I gave up everything including all my friends and I am now in UNI getting top grades yet I see the system for
what it is. I attribute this to when I was in secondary school, I started to meditate. I have no idea why, it was a secret as I knew no one would
understand why I do it, I was not even sure myself for a long time. I remember my parents look when they found out, the look of worry for their son.
I am now 21, I am happy to be the guy in his own little world once again, I draw, I explore nature and get lost in the city. I started this thread not
really knowing what I was going to talk about, but now I have written this I would like to say that next time someone calls out “your” name, it
does not mean you have to answer.