As I close my eyes and drift away to a land where there is love, health, peace, and blessings. I wanted to take the time to think and reflect.
I used to always believe that education was the root solution to all of humanities problems, until I realized that education itself is a construction. Where we teach, learn, educate about histories, present and past constructions. If you think about it, all fields of learning have been constructed. Stemming from our curiosity, and the human desire to learn more about humans, human thought, behaviour, internally and externally. Our interactions, social organizations, and so on. But if we are to say that every field is a construction, does this mean that we should downplay the fields pertaining to learning a subject matter or education?
No it does not mean that we should. Our in-action or action are dependant upon how the fields are constructed and organized. For instance: as we hear about humanitarian disasters, or current events that spark concern - action or in-action are dependant upon the resulting effects. For example: It is known too well that that millions of Yemeni people are starving, dyeing each day, because of wars / internal conflicts. Whilst I am glad that the USA is deciding to withdraw its support for this conflict, I do also wonder why the situation in Yemen has not officially been declared as a famine? This declaration is urgently needed to build pressure, and allow International relief efforts. We can think of issues closer to home such as those that happen in the community, including keeping communities safe, violence, healthy living, politics, or the environment. Many of these issues are explored within a classroom setting. So basically what I am saying is that even as issues are thought of as constructions, human-made, they are important for our explorations, increasing our awareness, building tolerance, and to continue to strive for improving the human condition.
But as I write these thoughts to re-focus our concern upon humanity, and the earth we inhabit, they are also really a plea to those who have the power to shape, and create social constructions. Whilst constructions can be viewed as a positive for organizing humanity, I wonder how much of social constructions, constructions are needed to be considered enough? At what level should the one's in power realize that political interference, wars, internal conflicts should be enough? We could once again utilize the Yemen example; how many individuals need to die, before a famine declaration is decided upon? Or even the crisis at the U.S. / Mexico border, or the American Southern border; Is one child's death at the hands of customs and border patrol, one too many? To realize that real solutions are needed instead of barbaric ones.
Social progress is good if it benefits humanity, but it is not good if those who have progressed leave others lagging behind. Examples include, the forceful interventions at the USA southern border, and treatment of the individuals from Latin America. So whilst I can say that education is another construction, it is through formal or informal education we understand the organization of systems, organizational, national and international. The understanding should only lead to trying to seek improvements. Whilst everyone might not be interested to pursue this, and that is really OK. But for the ones who do, there is really no going back. And this is why once again I re-think to say that education is a root solution to humanities problems, and continue to question how much of social organization. political interference, and constructions should be considered enough?