lifelong learners

Systemic racism is not only a problem, it’s a symptom of broadly sweeping ignorance and anti-intellectualism which has been manifesting itself within a society that has put knowledge and science literacy and the virtue of one’s personal and persistent appetite for learning on the lowest of priorities as a nation. Yet, we’re to embrace conspiracy theories, pseudoscience, scandal, gossip, and violence as entertainment while we bleed internally as a culture which has turned its back on the rich history that remains our bolstering backbone. We don’t move forward as a society – as a civilization – by disregarding science and churning doubt surrounding facts supported by empirical evidence and rigorous scrutiny. A quick skim over previous civilizations who did so will reveal all you need to know about their inevitable downfall.

There’s nothing American about ‘American history’; everyone who has come and gone or still exists in this country today owes their lives to others whom they’ll never get an opportunity to thank; others whom we owe so much; who’ve lived very different lives than we. Their skin color, childhoods, environment, influences, perspectives, relationships, and languages were different; still, we share a commonality of basic needs with these distant strangers. We desire to survive and pursue happy, healthy, lives. And regardless of whatever ways we have become influenced to feel about each other, all of us are weaved into a thread spun from a genetic lineage that is anything but nation-specific. Our pasts are shadows we cannot escape. And whichever way we move, our shadows will mirror such actions.

—  @sagansense

More on solarpunk education:

So I made a big post about cooperative, age-appropriate games as a solarpunk education method, but in my ideal solarpunk world that would only be one aspect of education. Here are some other education ideas bouncing around in my head. Like cooperative games, they all require a lot of time, knowledgeable teachers, and community investment, but I think they would lead to healthier, enthusiastic people, fully prepared to live well and be lifelong learners.

Food Science Education: Starting at a young age with simple gardening and cooking, stuff that young kids can get really excited about. As kids age, folding in the complete science of where food comes from, its relationship with the ecosystem, how to preserve it, and how to prepare it.The idea being that by the time you’re an adult you should have the tools to competently feed yourself even if you end up focusing on other things.  

Relationship Education: An improvement on sex ed. Much of the same content, but expanded with more information for all genders and sexualities, and good, non-scare tactic science on the human body, reproduction, contraceptives, stds, and common communicable illnesses. Also, workshops on healthy relationship communication, self-care, meditation/introspection/self-knowledge, basic first aid, how to help friends in the midst of crisis or mental illness, how to recognize predatory/manipulative/abusive behaviors (in sexual situations and otherwise oh my god it’s so important, why aren’t we taught this early and often?), some basic childhood development stuff. 

Artistic Expression & Upcycling: Art classes which would cover art theory and allow for a lot of self-expression, but would also teach young adults to make and repair their own clothing, use basic woodworking tools, work with ceramics, safely fiddle with metals and basic electronics, and other practical “specialty” skills necessary for a world with less waste. 

Rotating Apprenticeships: Starting out as small group field trips for younger kids, and evolving into longer choice-based apprenticeships in areas of interest, maybe taking up one day per week for high school aged kids. The community members involved in this experience wouldn’t necessarily give lessons on their livelihood – for example a farmer with a deep knowledge of medieval history and geology could focus on one of those subjects if they chose. This would give adults in the community a chance to delve deeper into subjects they loved, and kids a chance to learn a subject from someone truly enthusiastic.

Questing/Journeyman years/other travel: I know there are plenty of posts on solarpunk travel, but in an educational context I imagine it as a continuation of rotating apprenticeships. This would be a time for young adults to visit people and places related to their areas of interest. It could be very specific (like meeting and working with 5 scientists on 5 continents while studying food sustainability) or a more general exploration (visiting some great museums, WOOFing, contributing to public art, and journaling about the experience while trying to decide what to do next). 

Independent Project Salons: This would be a way to tie together celebration, community, and education. Informal salon settings would be a great place for young adults doing independent study or in the midst of travel to meet and talk about their experiences and ideas, and maybe show off their work. Possibly hosted by retired folks who could organize food and drink, introduce topics and guests, and add the benefit of their own experiences.

What other kinds of solarpunk educational programs do you love the idea of?

Game of Thrones: Counsel MBTI (1)


INTJs are perceptive about systems and strategy, and often understand the world as a chess board to be navigated. They want to understand how systems work, and how events proceed: the INTJ often has a unique ability to foresee logical outcomes. They enjoy applying themselves to a project or idea in depth, and putting in concentrated effort to achieve their goals. INTJs have a hunger for knowledge and strive to constantly increase their competence; they are often perfectionists with extremely high standards of performance for themselves and others. They tend to have a keen interest in self-improvement and are lifelong learners, always looking to add to their base of information and awareness.

Petyr Baelish

ENTJs are often very motivated by success in their careers and enjoy hard work. They are ambitious and interested in gaining power and influence. To the ENTJ, decision-making is a vocation. They want to be in a position to make the call and put plans into motion. ENTJs tend to be blunt and decisive. Driven to get things done, they can sometimes be critical or brusque in the pursuit of a goal. They are typically friendly and outgoing, although they may not pick up on emotional subleties in other people. They often love working with others toward a common goal, but may not find time to attend to their feelings. They are focused on results and want to be productive, competent, and influential.

Descriptions from Truity.

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America produces more texts than techs; more people guided by blind faith than logic, reason, curiosity; more lawmakers, fewer investigators of physical laws; more democracy-seeking socialites, less democratic socialists; more gamers, less game makers; greater "pop", less culture; attendees rather than pupils, students, lifelong learners; encouraging the pursuit to become "rock stars" rather than pursuers of knowledge regarding the stars rocks come from; more Biebers, Kardashians, Trumps, fewer Sagans, Curies, Feynmans, Darwins, Goodalls; doers over thinkers; truth tellers over knowledge seekers; more admirers of others than confident individuals; instant gratification rather than patient understanding; dedication to "reality" TV and miniseries' rather than book readers swept up by the awe of reality itself; more voices, less listeners; slaves defending their labor, fewer masters emboldening others in their ability to do anything, everything.

When people tell me to focus on one language instead of learning a whole bunch, I get a little pissed. This is my hobby and I get to decide how to enjoy it. The reason I like languages is that I can spend my whole life learning one and still have more to learn. If I’m going to be a lifelong learner of languages, why not accumulate many along the way?

Meekness loves to learn. And it counts the blows of a friend as precious. And when it must say a critical word to a person caught in sin or error, it speaks from the deep conviction of its own fallibility and its own susceptibility to sin and its utter dependence on the grace of God. The quietness and openness and vulnerability of meekness is a very beautiful and a very painful thing. It goes against all that we are by our sinful nature. It requires supernatural help.
—  John Piper