Saturday, January 17, 2009

My rather unconventional views...

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  1. Wow...that was rather long but I liked it! I think the world needs more people as opinionated as you. I mean, it seems like people today will just go along with anything. With lies from the government, not believing in global warming, whatever, they just live in their own little dreamworld thinking that nothing is wrong. And they never really say what they belive because they are afraid to have "abnormal" beliefs. I just really admire the way you speak about what you believe in, loud and clear.

    And I like the Juno music in the backround :)

  2. Heh, yeah, it's way longer than I planned...

    Thanks so much! :-) And I totally agree with you about how most people live in their own little world, and are very afraid to say or do anything outside of the "norm".

    "I just really admire the way you speak about what you believe in, loud and clear."

    That's really sweet of you to say, and makes me very happy. So thank you. :-)

    *Grins* Juno music (and movie!) are awesome.

  3. oh the world of isolated unschooling how I hate thee.

    that was all rather interesting. Also? You're so much more interesting than me. You're 7ANBTSCers vlogs are going to kick ass :)

  4. PS It's 'magnus' is actually Signe, I'm signed onto my brother's account for some reason...

  5. Wow..that was awesome!
    Seriously,"how many 17-year-old thinks about this kind of stuffs??"
    But it's great to do what you believe in...

    I love Juno!

  6. Yesss!!! Totally needed to hear this today. I'm absolutely in the same boat. It is so refreshing to hear people who have opinions and have stuck by them. Not to mention that I share many of yours. :-) Thank you for posting this video, it's inspiring.


  7. Signe: I know! Being the only unschooler in the area sucks... You kidding me? I am not more interesting than you. You're a used-to-be-pink-haired, world-traveling-photographer, unschooling chick. Sounds pretty interesting to me. ;-) Thanks! I like vlogging. And I'm looking forward to doing it for 7ANBTSCers!

    Smorgan: Thanks! Juno rocks. ;-)

    Sheila: Thanks! :-D It's lovely seeing people with real opinions, with things they're truly passionate about. I'm so happy that I've "met" so many people like that, even if it is only through my computer screen. :-)

  8. This makes me think of when I wanted to drop out of school in 6th grade. But alas I continued on and now I have a Masters degree and maybe will get a PhD. I just started to begin to like school in high school. Although it was a public school it was very close knit, people cared and knew who you were. I could even express my views and they were accepted.

    I know the educational system needs a complete revamp. I like a lot of the Waldorf and any alternative education. I believe education should be more hands on, creative, about the arts, music, Mother Earth/environment, embracing diversity/culture, contemplative and about healing. The dilemma with private schools is that much of the time they are exclusive because of the cost of the education there.

  9. I'm a huge supporter of free schools, which I've heard along with being democratically run and entirely optional, are often very close knit and accepting. It's really cool that you were lucky enough to find a regular school that was so close knit and caring. :-)

    I too, love alternative education, especially free schools, as I said above. But I do agree a huge problem with pretty much all alternative education right now is cost and exclusivity. Had there been a cool free school nearby, I would have loved to attend it, but my family would most likely have not been able to afford it... And yes, I also agree that there should be much more of an opportunity to do things hands on, creatively, and with much more contact with nature. Schools now are so focused on getting kids to memorize and regurgitate facts, instead of being places that foster growth, healing, and caring for each other and the earth.

  10. We need free schools, I totally agree with you on that one! *loosens collar on student debt*

  11. *Grins* The big problem with Free Schools though (such as the Sudbery ones) is that from what I've seen, they're not free of charge, just "free" in their learning philosophy. Kinda sucks, really, because if they really WERE "free", it would be perfect!

  12. Wow! I'm new to your blog. I clicked on the attachment parenting label because it is something I'm passionate about. I really enjoyed that post. I became passionate about AP when I was seventeen and I was even the odd one out amongst family members. I still am. LOL.

    Thank you for sharing that. I look forward to reading more of your thoughts.

    And the Juno soundtrack in the background was great. I don't know you well but for some reason, it seems so befitting of you!

    P.S. I LOVE the title of your blog.

  13. Awesome! I used to think that no teenagers have ever had the views that I have, but of course I've now realized that that is quite untrue.

    *Grins* I have an extremely eclectic taste in music, but one of my favorite genres is awesome folksy type stuff, like the Juno album! :-D

    Thanks! :-)

  14. It can be a lonely journey being ahead of your time in your beliefs and ideals, and when nobody around you seems to share them. I have felt like that a lot. But I agree, the internet is awesome in connecting people across the globe, people who never would have had any way of meeting or connecting otherwise.

    While I agree that civilisation has many many things to answer for, in terms of the environment, in terms of human relationships and the 'little island' mentality of which you spoke, I'm not sure I'm sold on the fact that it is intrinsically unsustainable. I think the way our cities and towns are run now, definitely they are clearly unsustainable. But if everyone had solar panels, if everyone had water tanks and recycled and composted and grew as much food as they could, if agriculture was organic and industry was made accountable for the waste it produced, and forced to factor in the environmental footprint into their business plans, if we all drove cars that were fueled by water (if the conspiritors released the technology which currently exists!) I dunno, it seems to me that it COULD, maybe, possibly, be made to be sustainable. Not saying this would ever happen (in my wildest dreams!), but yeah I'm interested to hear your thoughts on that.

    And as an attachment parent, and a wannabe homebirther (we transferred to hospital after baby in distress yada yada...), I can say we are most certainly on the same page. Go you!

  15. Nalin: Thanks for your comment! :-) I wrote a pretty long post on my reasoning for why civilization is unsustainable (IMO, of course!), and you can check it out here if you want:

    I realized after I'd recorded this video that I didn't really elaborate AT ALL on why I was anti-civ, or I would have added more to that...

    It's always great to come across people with similar views! :-D I think it's especially important for people whose views are less common to know that we're not alone!


  16. wow.... just wow. I dont mean to undermine either one of our senses of individuality but in that video i saw me. We even have our hair the same way, although that really isnt the point. I spend my time reading and writing about anarchy and attachment parenting and radical unschooling.... just freedom, trust and respect in general. I'm really into sustainable living(actually in the setting of Intentional Communities but its close enough). I'm 13, love the TLH and even had the EXACT same problems in the area of math. I'm still kinda unsure about myself without agreement of others.

    You're right though, it hard to find like-minded people without the internet. I live in Austin, Texas. Which of course is great for meeting alternative people in general, but i have a hard time speaking up and getting involved(i went to public school for 4yrs, a charter school for 2yrs and a public all girls prep-school for 1 semester, so i have a lot of unresolved self-esteem issues and unconscious rebellion of even natural authority like parents). I still silently absolutely despise boxes and love to read and write.

    The biggest difference i see is that i am hopeless and hate life most of the time, which is like the total opposite of your normal attitude. It's pretty much 100% because of my mother's nerotic, insane, hypocritical personality and my tendancy to think to much. So i guess we aren't so creepily alike. all the same, it felt great to hear my same views and problems validated and understood so well by someone else.

    Thanks for that, i love the blog,
    Kaya Tessa Coltrane Kirks
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  17. Kaya: Thanks so much for your obviously heartfelt comment. :-)

    It's always lovely to come across someone with similar views! :-D I think it's incredibly important for everyone to have a sense of community, whatever that specific community may be. The internet, and the validation I've received through it, have done wonders for me, but I still feel that the internet is just a substitute for a flesh and blood, real life, supportive community. I think you may be surprised by the amount of people you actually know that share some of your views, and think that they're the only ones who have those opinions as well! I do, however, know how hard it can be to speak up. It took me years of uncertainty and hopelessness before I felt I really came into my own, found a world view that was completely mine, and felt completely right for me, and gathered the confidence to speak up. Something that helped me personally was not only reading the TLH, but also reading Derrick Jensen's book The Culture of Make Believe. That book basically solidified my political opinions, and made me feel so much less hopeless, since Jensen basically says everything that's wrong with the world, but also gives the reasons behind it, and solutions. Now, his solution of bringing down civilization may not please everyone, but for me I felt I finally understood WHY the world was so fucked up, and wasn't alone in my feelings.

    Family is tough, since unlike friends, schools, or anything else that can be changed, you're kind of stuck with your family, at least until you get older... :-( I know that I take criticism very hard, so can understand where you're coming from... The only thing I can really say is simply make sure you get as much validation as possible outside of your family, from the internet, friends, books, anything you can.

    Don't think that hopelessness is a permanent state, because that can certainly change. It did for me!

    Lots of hugs,