Pulitzer Power of Story Author Jane Smiley Says. . .

29 10 2008

Power of story, y’all. If you read here much, probably you consider yourself a lifelong learner and evolved education advocate, a Thinking Parent, perhaps home-educating or even a whole-life unschooler who knows better than to teach academics and enforce rules with fear, shame, hitting and the spectre of eternal damnation?

Then join Jane Smiley (and Snook!) in understanding the power of the human mind and real education, to help write a much smarter, more loving and happier ending for the horror novel America has been living through.

“Goodbye Cruel World” —

This is the world we have been living in for the past thirty years. In a week, we have a chance to leave this world behind.

If we look at our two candidates, the differences between them are stark. John McCain, who was raised by and accepts the authoritarian model, is evidently never at peace.

. . .Barack Obama . . .seems to have been reared in a non-authoritarian household, by a loving mother and loving grandparents. He thinks that the world is a rational place that can be understood and modified. His own family seems happy and loving.

. . . When we choose between these two men, we are choosing between two worlds — the world of ignorance, fear, manipulation, and cruelty, and the world of rational investigation, weighing of options, and planning. This world is a world where sexual preference is not such a big deal, salvation is not an eternal mystery, and life goes on. It’s a world where bad things happen, but there is no malign Godly intention behind them.

It is world that understands the temptations of human nature and attempts to deal with them rationally and systematically. Some of these attempts will fail, but on balance, not as many as have failed in the last twenty-five years.