In the 1860’s, working people mobilized speaking loud and clear in favor of an 8-hour work day without a cut in pay – claimed by the working people themselves without the support or consent of the employers.
What if we speak up in favor of education? What if we freely nurture the skills that will allow us all to see how each person’s individual troubles and the larger economic and political context are pieced together?
Historical research continues to show that physical variations in the human species do not have any meaning apart from the social one we humans put on them.
When the self-righteousness with which we allow ourselves to be carried along crowns the influences undertaken, let’s remember that “air is no less heavy because we do not detect its weight.”
Change is a societal norm. Yet many factors can boost, suspend, or thwart it. For instance, change in our democratic system can be confined by our dogmas, the media we are imposed by, the media we expose ourselves to, or persons with partisan authority and assets.
As we listen and analyze the proposals of all candidates, we should consider questions like the following: What causes inequality in education? In society? What are the consequences?
With the acknowledgement of the importance of literacy come the challenges of educating diverse individuals – among them ourselves. Interestingly, educating society as a whole about diversity is still to this day part of the challenges.
Libraries and the internet play a key role in democratizing knowledge by providing open access of all kinds of information to the masses. We all want to see the whole picture. When we look at – let’s say – a paper collage, we relish becoming lost in that other realm.
Some say that reality is what it is irrespective of what the experiencer thinks about it, some say the experiencer defines what reality is. “About 793 million people in the world still lack sufficient food for conducting and active and healthy lifestyle.”
With growing awareness that the information we get is filtered through human viewpoints, we begin to question what we read, hear, and watch. How do we explain our identification with French suffering and our apparent indifference to Lebanese suffering?