The most powerful force for good in human societies is the ability to pass on thought patterns. For example, teaching languages, problem-solving skills, and healthy relationship dynamics. Educational systems are generally the vehicle for delivering those mental road maps to the young in our societies.
Many of the difficulties we face in the evolution of human societies stem from cultivating sub-optimal or downright harmful thought patterns in our educational systems. Some of the difficulties stem from not cultivating healthy thought patterns.
One of the most problematic thought patterns we have cultivated in the Western world is The Breakdown. We use analytical and critical thought processes to dissect all of the structures underlying our mental, physical, social, and spiritual experiences. Which is quite useful, of course. Understanding the parts of a thing can be helpful when we are trying to fix it. Sadly, much of the critical analysis we have done has not been used to fix anything. In fact, we have been leaving many of those key structures broken after our critical analysis is complete.
We used critical analysis to break down harmful gender roles, but didn’t replace them with healthy gender roles. We used critical analysis to break down harmful racial policies, but didn’t replace them with healthy attitudes. We used critical analysis to break down dysfunctional family structures, but didn’t replace them with healthy family relationships.
It’s time that we engaged in some constructive synthesis instead of critical analysis. It’s time to clear the broken structures and build healthy gender identities, healthy attitudes towards individual differences, and healthy relationships. It’s time to rebuild the structures that allowed us to know who we are, give meaning to our existence, and life to our relationships.