UK FIRST AS HUMANISM INCLUDED IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES GCSE


 
 
 
"If we are going to sup with the Devil, I hope the soup will be tasty"?
 
"We have made it in a cauldron, so I am sure that you will find it extremely tasty"!
 
The UK has changed the World! (Again).
 
The World grows up a bit more!
 
 
 

My note to a Headmaster or Headmistress.

It would be fair to my children (the twins, aged 9) to have some knowledge of Humanism, which I am sure they will do at …School and quite soon: if not already? Also, I am a member of the BHA purely for promoting Humanism in Education and as a matter of my own personal conscience. Not that I wish for my children to be Humanist’s; only that they obtain from you the ‘broadest education possible’; without: ‘the indoctrination to one particular creed or other’, so that they may like to make their own, personal, special choices, now, or at a future date: with an obvious, self-evident, ‘balance of some discernment’.

Tradition (mostly pretty appalling) and Culture (we do live in a ‘global multiracial community’) is not an excuse for bullying/indoctrination of a particular ‘creed’ or ‘ism’ to any child, at least: not in any public place where you can’t walk away as you are captive and individually ‘noticeable’ by ones ‘peers’ (A deep reason for this: lies in the thinking that is within the 1960’s 1970’s (Army Psychology and Interrogation Procedure – of that time) experiment to do with ‘Sub-Culture’ and ‘Torture Progression’ and that no escape exists for anyone: WE ARE ALL MEMBERS; with, or without; this knowledge). ‘Rights of the Child’ BBC Website and ‘Human Rights’ and ‘Guidance for Schools on Discrimination’. I am sure that … School treats everyone with equal respect, obviously, with some gentle ‘discernment’. There has only been, in the many years of happy and wonderful times at … School that any, and what I personally would consider: the bullying of any ideology/religion. This particular Teacher (a very good Teacher in all other respects) has now left… School, "You can’t be member of my class unless you believe in, so on…" And, "That the Lord’s Prayer; I can’t stop it repeating in my head, as it is said so often". There has also been some pressure to repeat everything out loud (spiritual things – Grace – maybe) against a child’s will or general feelings at a particular time: most children will naturally love to join in, but in ‘no way’ should they ever be forced to for the sake of ‘community’, or any ‘ethos’ (if noisy – they could be quietened, thus, respecting the wishes of others) : this will only have a very bad reaction for them now, or later in life! I know it must be very tempting for teachers to be today, mildly forceful, but those days, now: will have fully passed in this particular regard. 

Preparatory Schools and Public Schools in the UK, ‘faith based’ or not; have a particularly brutal and unkind reputation (still going on at some schools – Faith Schools and Smacking Ban ‘loophole’, letting the whole side down in the Private Sector) that they must try and get over in many of the above ‘respects’, and also, some other: past; most unacceptable matters of child welfare, which goes well beyond any brutality found in "Dickensian-ism".

"The only thing we can do is to hazard a hypothesis, to create a mythological figure, call it, "human personality" and hope that circumstances will not by destroying us, prove our imaginative guesswork too hopelessly wrong. But myth for myth, human personality is preferable to God. We do at least know something of human personality, whereas of God we know nothing, and knowing nothing, are at liberty to invent as freely as we like.
 
If men had always tried to deal with the problem of love in terms of known human rather than of grotesquely imagined divine interests, there would have been less making of eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven’s sake, less persecution of  sinners, less burning and imprisoning of the heretics of unnatural love, less grundy-ism, less comstockery, and at the same time less dirty Don-Juanism, less of that curiously malignant and vengeful love making so characteristic of the debauchee under a Christian dispensation.
 
Reacting against the absurdities of the old mythology, the young have run into absurdities no less inordinate at the other end of the scale. A sordid and ignoble realism offers no resistance to the sexual impulse, which now spends itself purposelessly without producing love, or even, in the long run amusement, without enhancing vitality or quickening and deepening the rhythms of living.
 
Only a new mythology of nature, such as in modern times, Blake, Robert Burns, and Lawrence, have defined it: an untranscendental and (relatively speaking) realistic mythology of energy, life, and "human personality" will provide, it seems to me, the inward resistances necessary to turn sexual impulse into love and provide them in a form which the critical intelligence of post – Nietzsche-an youth can respect. By means of such a conception a new fashion in love may be created, a mode more beautiful and convenient, more healthful and elegant, than any seen among men since the days of remote and pagan antiquity".
 
‘Do What You Will (1929)’ Aldous Huxley.
 
 
In Britain, we are near the bottom of the ‘league table’ in the modern industrialised societies for ‘childhood well-being’ and the amount of (unwanted) teenage pregnancies. What an appalling indictment and I do wonder why? This is not something we should be proud of!
 
I hope that our "School" is doing a ‘bit more’ (National Guidelines – obviously – quite inadequate) for the education of our children, even at a young age, and are we ‘laying in the groundwork’ for their complete healthy, kind, and respectful future enlightenment. Our government does seem very cowardly compared to the many other countries in this area!

http://www.channel4.com/learning/microsites/L/lifestuff/content/up_close/letstalksex/index.html 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/7383571.stm Emotions in Sex Education

Imprinting (psychological) Westermarck and Freud

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westermarck_effect#Westermarck_effect

 

About luckyme0

My First family, second marriage, bringing up my 18-year-old twins, boy, and girl. I am a third generation Humanist, who has some old handwritten information and notes; collected over many years. Someone may find the articles interesting, or helpful. They could bring back a little ‘reality’, after being ‘shocked’ and ‘brainwashed’, by some malicious group, or institution (REBT Therapy). People should know better, than to do this, to our very young, and the ‘obviously’ vulnerable! Go to easily accessible, non-superstitious knowledge that is not charlatanism! https://charleslizzy.com/2011/08/06/independent-schools-inspectorate-isi-marketing-spirituality-buzzword-or-maybe-even-for-you-to-shiver-at-the-something/ The blog has given me an incentive to order my thoughts, learn, and read up again, after a few non-thinking years of (very silly) imagination and passion. Why not, get your own key to a ‘door’, customise it to suit you, and it can be, all of your very own! Don’t believe, or be led by someone else’s; inherited, stupid, and a very likely (past, and not of today’s) ‘totally preposterous reality’s’. Only some interest in the ‘really big questions’, keeps life above the level of a farce, and very little else! KEEP THINKING! Some of the posts may need some correcting. Interests: REBT Counselling, Atheism, Secularism, Humanism, Psychology, Reading, Popular Science, School Ethos, Philosophy, History, Family, Parenting, Psychology, Horse Riding, Sailing, Rescue Boat Driver, Skiing (Teppichswinger), TV Documentaries, Motorbike Cross Country Riding, Volunteer Sports Stewarding, Writing, Primitive Man, Pre-history, Social Anthropology, British Humanist Association, BHA, Meaning of Life, The Big Questions, Where am I, What am I, Why am I, Hippie Love, Knowledge, Education, Globalisation. Favorite quote: “The world belongs to those who, at least to some degree, have figured it out.” Carl Sagan, ‘The Demon Haunted World’, ‘Contact’, and other famous books DVD ‘Cosmos’. The warning of another and horrendous, “Age of Superstition”. “Isn’t there something deeply absurd in the presumption that children ought to inherit beliefs from their parents. It can be deeply damaging, even lethally divisive. A ‘them’, with an ‘against us’, mentality” – Professor Richard Dawkins. “The will to believe is stronger than mere reason in the vast majority of people” – Dr J.Brown, Army Psychologist of the 1960′s. Humans will believe in almost anything, in fact, they seek it! Why? “98% of us, trained to be just good consumers, let’s train our children to be the 2% who have their very own creativity and discernment”; quote by a famous surreal artist. “The lack of reason brings forth monsters”. “Global interconnectedness is lethal against mass religion, nationalism, racism, and other destructive memeplexes. Let us connect everybody they hate it in restrictive regimes”; from the ‘meme learning group’, Richard Brodie’s book, ‘Virus Of The Mind’ (Richard Brodie a designer for ‘Microsoft Word’). Following on, J.Bronowski, and ‘The Ascent Of Man’ TV series, and a book http://www.bbcshop.com/science+nature/the-ascent-of-man/invt/9781849901154/ with the last DVD in this series, ‘The Long Childhood’ being especially revealing. ‘Prehistory’ and the ‘Making of the Human Mind’ by Colin Renfrew, with P.Wilson’s, ‘The Domestication of the Human Species’, and Nigel Spivey’s, TV series and book, ‘How Art Made The World’, offers some further explanations. Latest reading: Jared Diamond http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jared_Diamond
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