How do we encourage people to accept that they have a responsibility to THINK FOR THEMSELVES?
As children we are taught what we might need to know and understand. Education is a series of building blocks. The foundation may be good, bad or indifferent. When we are young we are probably influenced by all that we see, hear and do, but as we get older we tend to focus on some things more than others. We all end up with a unique perception of the world that is constantly changing.
How much of what we were taught as children was the full story?
What place fairy stories?
How much was inaccurate or even wrong?
Within society there is a need for control – people generally need explanations for why things are the way they are – and some of us are naturally rebellious and reluctant to accept what we have been told. There is a general sense of insecurity!
In every culture there are the leaders and the led – there are the ‘academics’ or thinkers and the workers – many of whom become experts in their own fields. Nobody has a full picture.
What is the purpose of life? Why are we here?
Many of the answers that people would have given in the past would have been dependent on the culture in which they were brought up – the religion (or philosophy?) to which the family adhered. This is still true in many parts of the world but more and more people especially in the Western world are being encouraged (especially through the internet) to think for themselves!
What is philosophy? What is psychology? What is sociology? Why are there so many world religions? How did they start? Why do we believe what we believe?
I left school at 17 and it wasn’t until I was made redundant for the third time in 1990 when I was 54 that I bought my first PC. It was then that I started to record my own understanding of what my unconventional faith meant to me. But then in 1995 the leadership of that church announced that much of their theology was misguided – and that for me was the beginning of what became an entirely different way of life – some of which I have tried to share on the blog.
It was in 1996/7 that I attended an abortive Christian Counselling training course where I learned so much about myself but more particularly how I felt that counselling should NOT be done! I no longer had any paid employment and started using ‘mind maps’ to reflect my own thinking after that training course. By 2003 I had become very interested in the emerging / emergent / house church scene.
I spent a lot of time recently trying to finalise the format and content of the blog. I’m now starting to consider how the other parts of my life have been so inter-related, and whether I can encourage some open discussions based on some of those experiences. As I’ve said elsewhere the blog has been a work-in-progress for over 15 years – which is why the initial material is more like a web site than a blog. I’ve been using Facebook since 2008 but see it more as a means of keeping in touch with people rather than a means of in-depth discussion.
I’m looking forward to hearing what others might have to say about the material I have posted, but at the same time I do recognise that people with family and work commitments do not have the amount of free time that I have to consider such things. I’m hoping to add new material later. Let me add pointers to three Pages for starters: