Friday, October 14, 2011

Home Schooling - Uniqueness: Neither Inherently Good Nor Bad


Song:  White Rabbit

Group:  Jefferson Airplane


(Picture gotten from a Facebook friend)


Post note:  Upon rereading my article...
I saw the need to preface this with an explanation
of my thoughts.  Some may see a few words that they deem as
inflammatory...or somehow as a condemnation of those who are
actually unique, as is my son.

Just by taking it in the implied context of this blog...
it should, in no way, be taken as a smite upon those who are different.

 I love my son fully and unreservedly...
as I am sure most parents also love their children.

It is, however, an attempt to help change the minds of those
parents who have children on the spectrum...yet don't do everything
in their power to help them adapt to that which would further them in life
because they think that by virtue of the fact that they are unique...
that somehow...they don't need to adapt...that the world should adapt to them.

This would only hamper the child's ultimate happiness.

The words mean exactly as stated.

There is no subtle implied intent in this article.

I just ask that you read this Objectively.

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Just as things can be...
 backwards...
inside out...
nonsensical...
as in the rabbit hole of Alice In Wonderland...
the same can be said of certain traditions or beliefs
taken out of context or shifted out its operational parameters.

Don't misunderstand me...
tradition is neither inherently good nor bad.

A tradition that serves good...is good.
One that doesn't...is not good...for whatever reason.

To blindly follow a tradition solely because it is a tradition...
and it serves no positive purpose in the present or future...
really needs to be looked at closely as something in which
time could be better spent doing something more productive
(time is, perhaps, our most valuable commodity).

The same may be said for counter cultural beliefs.

A much over used and under thought saying I had encountered 
in the 1960s and 1970s...especially in school...
was the message of being Original...
of being Unique...
as if that were the objective standard to excellence.

Even as a child of the 1960s...
I had realized the stupidity of a teacher saying this to her students.

It was not conceptual understanding of the subject...
not the basics...
not the building blocks from which real creativity may spring...
just the blind faith that just because something were Unique...
it would magically make it valuable to society.

Just as the pop artists would blindly throw paint on a spinning canvas...
and call it art.

How is something that is uncontrolled... Art?

Art must have controlled intent.

Something may be naturally beautiful...
however, without intent...
it is not Art.

Worse still was the lining up of toilets on a lawn...
and then calling it a work of Art.

The fulcrum of their con to people was the mindless
repeating of the word... Originality.

It had inherent value as Art because it was unique...
they would say.

If that were true
(ahem...please excuse this)...
then we flush veritable masterpieces on a daily basis.

This is not to be confused with Intelligent Creativity.

The difference lies in the goal...and so... the eventual result.

The sole purpose of Uniqueness is merely the addition, subtraction...
or the recombination of variables or percentages.

Intelligent Creativity is
the combing and recombining of variables
to find a new or more efficient method 
of problem solving or to achieve
more effective results.

In Art...
it is not merely the intent of the artist...
it is in how effectively and how deeply
he can relay his intent and feeling to the perceivers.

Art is not accidental.

It is one of intent and of the true perception of that intent.

The artist feels something inside...
he relays that feeling through a medium...
the same feeling he has, he wishes you to feel.


If an artist were to become rich from his art...
but for reasons other than his original intent...
he is a good businessman...
but a failure as an artist.


 So why talk of this?


If a child is unique...
but that uniqueness is inherently 
and potentially harmful to him or to others...
even if it is merely counter productive...
it is a situation to remedy.

To defend a child's lack of (say) social skills...
without seeking to remedy them...
through the teaching of skills...
and instead simply saying he is Unique...
he was born this way...
he should just be accepted...
is to think that to merely be Unique is an inherent good.

On the reverse side...
to think that being different is inherently bad...
is even worse.

Something is either good or bad as measured
Objectively...not Subjectively.

It is ultimately how the difference affects
his (or others') life.

If it is positive...that is the reason to do it.

If it is negative...that is the reason to not do it.

NOT because there IS a difference.

It is only because of the effects on the result.

The world is often as if we had stepped through the Looking Glass...
only because of floating standards
and of the incorrect usage of Subjectivity in the realm of Objectivity.

It is when this happens that anything goes...
it all depends on how a person feels about it.

People have been incorrectly taught that how they perceive something
is what is important...
instead of them being told that unless the feelings are based upon
a correct premise...the feeling is invalid.

I do know that so many will be disturbed by my saying this...
as they have been taught that no feelings can be invalidated
as it is Subjective.

What they were not told is that when Subjectivity is attempted
in the realm of Objectivity...
it is not valid in of itself.

Subjectivity can also be invalid in the realm of the Subjective.

By your children understanding this one fundamental concept...
they will have taken a huge leap into critical thinking.

People will no longer be able to deceive him...
or censure him by claiming something is sacred
because it is their opinion...
or by claiming his reasoned argument is merely an opinion.

He will never be lulled into the rabbit hole...
chasing the white rabbit into the world of 
the looking glass.

In my next article I will go over this concept more in depth...
When Subjectivity Is Invalid
(Feelings, Opinions and the like).


4 comments:

  1. In the world of Special Needs, too many have experienced situations where their child is being looked on as being bad simply for being different. Perhaps because of this, some may fight for what appears to be blind acceptance. And while I don't agree with that, I can understand why they do it.

    Regarding objectivity, I think one challenge is understanding that while facts are vital, putting together the right facts for each different circumstance is important, and not always easy to do as situations get more complicated. Sometimes, it is easy to feel that we are right because we have our facts straight, only to find out later that there were other facts we did not know about.

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  2. Simplicity is the answer. You see...I am simply arrogant...and so, I am always right....see... simple. :)

    Of course...I am joking...I would never admit to my arrogance :)

    Yes...often times we don't have all the necessary facts. However, we should be able to discern which facts are necessary to make a rational decision. Should those not be available...our decision should reflect that.

    To know that we can never be always right...or rarely have all the facts...does not mean that we can never know when we are right. It just means that we cannot always render a conclusion. It becomes a simple matter of knowing if something is determinable as correct or incorrect...or, as so often is the case, inconclusive (too many unknown variables).

    However, often times, people think that unless you know all the facts that a decision cannot be rendered. Some facts, regardless of the correctness or incorrectness of it when fully factored in..does not affect the situation.

    A case in point...a person is sitting in his vehicle at a red light. Another driver plows into him from behind and is killed. Now it turns out that the driver who had been sitting at the red light was drunk. Ok...he is guilty of drunk driving...he is NOT, however...guilty of vehicular manslaughter. His being drunk had nothing to do with that particular accident or the other driver's death. A dishonorable lawyer for the prosecution would try to cloud the issue...trying to have the jury infer that the drunk driver was somehow culpable because, not of correctly factored facts...but using the emotions of the jury. He is trying to get the jury to think subjectively. And yes...it is from a true case....and no...not mine. :)

    When A plus B always equals C and nothing else could, not only do you not need any of the other letters to determine if it is C if you have A and B...you know you are absolutely correct.

    Of course...where people are concerned...deceit, misunderstanding...etc., must be considered.

    So long as the premise is pure (and that is the real trick)...it becomes a relatively easy problem of using correct logic to arrive at a correct conclusion...IF you think Objectively. A real problem in today's world...is that so many think Subjectively. Instead of even looking at the facts...they attempt to discern intent by how they feel they would have done (subjective) or had done in life. Especially in so many situations where intent has nothing to with a correct conclusion on the particular issue at hand.

    Many attempt to punish others for what they perceive a person was thinking (they automatically get offended) instead of looking at the pertinent facts of the issue (thought police anyone?). So often they are incorrect in perception in any case. Far too many people overrate their skill at reading people. They attempt to FIRST divine intent of the person and base their whole conversation upon that...instead of the actual issue.

    It is SO important to know which facts are pertinent to be able to render a correct conclusion. If you have them...you know you are correct..for that particular argument. Because it is easy to work out a correct conclusion once you have a correct premise...a person attempting to deceive will attempt to divert attention to the correct premise by trying to slip in a false one for their argument while feigning ignorance to your premise.

    People also falsely think that proof is necessary instead of realizing that natural implications exist.

    Rarely are situations complicated. It is when people are factored in and attempts at deceit create opacity where transparency is natural... do situations become complicated.

    In a nutshell...and no...I am not the nut :) ... the world is simple...it is only people that make it unnecessarily complicated.

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  3. A lot to think about... perhaps too much for my tired brain to render a correct conclusion at the moment. :)

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  4. Sorry...whenever I drink coffee...I go crazy! (I usually reserve coffee drinking for when I Blog as it makes me very verbose under normal conditions..well..OK...I get verbose in my Blog too :)

    Actually...much of what I write about in my Blog is from frustration at a situation I had learned of. Many times...first hand. On situations I can affect...I try. Many... I cannot directly. However, to keep the Knights of Justice from banging on my door continuously...I have to answer. To appease them...I attempt to bring to light that which I think needs addressing. As I know that most people have common sense...it is through this... that I appeal to them.

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