Big Church and Big School are really the same story, did you ever think about that as the thoughtful independent individual you struggle to be through home education, and perhaps fancy you’ve already become?
Governance of all by any One Story, be it sacred or secular, theocracy or educracy, subsumes the individual spirit and power to create its own stories. There is no other meaning or power to this story, however it’s told:
We the diverse and contentious student body of a recently desegregated public high school, couldn’t agree on which band would play what kind of dance music. . . The one thing it turned out our schooling gave us in common then, was learning that lesson the hard way.
And are you enough of a student of story to understand that the conceit of Libertarianism is no less a “One Story Tells All Truth” -ism, as is Ayn Rand’s Objectivism? It’s an oxymoron I know, but any One Story, including her Worship of the Individual, is just another cult “revival” that defines and dismisses the real lives of every individual on the planet, except ourselves and a precious few we may personally esteem as important characters. The rest of humanity is cast, by every story defining itself as the Only Story, as some Big Ol’ Lump of Other, as devoid of any compelling stories of their own and therefore of any individual status, meaningful only as amorphous antagonist force in the context of MY ego-exalting story.
Bible stories never were told that way in my southern childhood — quite the opposite in fact, with every hair and fallen sparrow counting, prayer being humble and private and personal, different for each Methodist in his or her own mind. Not to mention that my mid-century Methodist role models, who hadn’t even split into separate churches yet, were also united in larger common purpose (never mind whether that label was used) with everyone I knew in and out of church, in and out of school, in so many stories that fit together for all as collaborative good works, rather than competing against each other in some high-stakes power struggle only one Story could win to Rule Them All.
Getting a good public education was supported for us all, and meant learning to understand all the stories and meanings as individuals — but oh well, here we are.
I’ve done both, tennis and protestant church stuff.
In my lifetime the rackets for tennis got better and better, through research and science. The rules changed to accommodate the new possibilities.
The rackets for church have gotten much worse. I don’t play anymore.
OR – a different way of framing this for examination is with the “school” network obsolescing itself, by having pushed out so many non-traditional kid nodes and then frustrating all us private school, homeschool, unschool, and even charter experiment hybrid types — so that by such exclusion, we oddball nodes went out and founded new mini-networks all over. The Deviant’s Advantage?
Churches too are in a cycle of doing this — and evermore extremely — narrowing and homogenizing networks by defining more and more of us as deviant from their absolutes, so that: Read the rest of this entry »