Saturday, December 31, 2005
Casandra and Micsto
Myspace intermission: Occasionally, we take a break from the main "6000 list" to encounter people at Myspace. Who do you find more intriguing? Casandra writes, "Ethnically, I am half-German. Spiritually, I am half-Asian. Emotionally, I am half-Pashtun. Intellectually, I will blow your mind. My Chinese name is Chung Li. I fence competitively. I am an award winning artist and speaker. My free time is spent writing short stories in Vietnamese." Or Micsto, whose interests include "music, film, art, photography, dance (flamenco, middle eastern folkloric, bellydancing: traditional and tribal), drummer (mainly Middle Eastern), world politics, history, cooking, books, writing, traveling to obscure locations, people watching and causing chaos."
I'm only an amateur sociologist, but in the years I've spent in social work and teaching situations, I've become much more wary of the parents than the offspring. If more older adults would take advantage of their experiences and couple it with the passion of the younger ones, then we might not allow the corporate elite (fascists) to trample on us in the way they do. If we don't work with the politics at hand, then they will continue to manipulate through that same system. We allow the subtle mind control that does occur and settle for the pre-programmed status quo that follows. So, this formerly strict, conservative disciplinarian now allows for more patience in letting the students express themselves in how they blow a little steam or in other ways they need to communicate.