So it turns out that I didn’t get to ride in a spaceship that day…or any day since, but if you read the post, you realize that it’s still entirely possible that I will. The cloud of cynicism that may shroud your ability to see that is a product of your education. We are taught to idolize the rich and the powerful (and white) and are lauded for achievements that get us closer to the top of corporate ladder and positions that are cushioned with salaries. These are the goals that outline the road to success as a citizen. Your ability to contribute economically outweighs what you can offer by means of community.
So the part where I solve all our problems.
It’s as simple as a shift in our entire cultural thinking and the re-writing of all curriculum.
Problem: Classifying those with creative solutions that are beyond the realm of possibility within current limitations as “dreamers” or “idealists” undermining the character of their aspirations.
Solution: Begin to villainize those with clichéd ideas. Modifications of an existing product to make its use require less effort? Disdainful. Establishing routine, criteria, or a blueprint that outlines success in a field or event? Unlawful. Let’s make every story that’s been lived out or retold in ten thousand ways the ire of the nation. If our former cultural thought determined your idea as credible, our current civilization calls it a farce.
Problem: Selfishness. The concept of me. ‘I” being the 10th most common used word in the English language and ‘us’ being the 1ooth.
Solution: Forced critical thought of each choice. Once a person realizes that each choice they make in life, no matter how personal it may seem, affects the good of the whole, more conscientious decision-making results. Cooperatives and intentional communities that function on the equality of the experience for all. A socialist economy.
Problem: Greed. The idea that you get to the top by standing on the shoulders of others. The picture of the American Dream including stacks of unnecessary wealth to spend lavishly. Currency in the form of money.
Solution: If you are an athlete, entertainer (singer, actor, etc) or politician, you earn minimum wage. If you do it because you are driven by a passion, then you don’t need to earn any more. This should weed out the cocky miscreants on our playing fields, the talent-less fifteen minute-ers and the lazy, wasteful representatives. As Fran Lebowitz said, “…”No one earns $100 million. You steal $100 million.” People earn $10 an hour. People earn $40,000 a year. “Earn” means work.” We barter for goods and services. Not only a healthier economic policy, but people start to put worth in what they have to offer the community.
So we take all of these solutions and they become our curriculum. The classroom evolves from preparation for the workforce to preparation for living in a society where inequality means giving more than we are taking. Curriculum focuses on learning what is impossible and making it happen.
There could be an argument that teaching the adage of “anything is possible” leads to false hope and great disappointment. If you are that person that the disappointment of failing to meet a goal on the first attempt causes abandonment in the idea, than you didn’t actually think it possible in the first place. If you truly did, that failure simply means that attempt didn’t work and you must return to the creative drafting board.