More needs to be done in Vermont to teach youngsters about the pride one should have for his or her homeland. It doesn’t matter what the racial background of a child is, whether it is northern European or Bosnian, the place where someone grows up is their homeland. They will hopefully, if their childhoods were like mine, have fond memories of their early years, including their homeland, long after they’ve grown up and become parents themselves.
One could argue that due to the close proximities that youngsters share at an early age and the creativity of their thought processes in those years that the closest friendships anyone could hope to form are formed in those early years. This is part of homeland awareness.
Once pride in the homeland is established, we can assign youngsters the mission to volunteer to help build lasting relationships. These relationships could be between boys and girls, boys and boys or girls and girls. The assignment would be to keep things focused on the positive and resolving differences constructively.
We should teach them that humans are like ants or bees who all work together and have colonies. Our colony is Vermont and more broadly America. Every human has a role to play in part of a broader struggle against the elements for survival. Some of us will be doctors, musicians, mechanics, writers, farmers or any of a number of roles that are available for the human species. I personally believe pay should be on a sliding scale with the hardest workers making the most money annually. But each role supported by the colony at some level of pay compensatory to the work that is being done.
Each relationship is therefore important to being included in this colony. If you trample over too many people because you are selfish then you will eventually be frozen out of the colony at those relationship points. Make too many of those bitter relationship points and you can’t survive. You are left in the cold with no resources and no food and no hope. You become a nomad and homeless. At its most basic level these are the instincts in humans. We will freeze someone out. This is usually accompanied by a public shaming.
We should teach youngsters about these patterns observed in human behavior so they are well equipped to conduct themselves in a manner of living that earns them no reprobation from their peers. They must volunteer to help build lasting relationships. The community must help lovers stay together and not just give up on each other. When I lived in Trenton, Maine, I hung out with a crowd of young blue collar workers who stole each others possessions and women and trampled on each other all the time. This doesn’t build long term security for a homeland. This sows the seeds of dystopia.
Imagine a future where generations are allowed to continue to grow up by the television and grow up by the values of the media and Hollywood. Where they are taught to steal from each other and stab each other in the back to get ahead. Now imagine that we take an active role in teaching the next generations to cultivate warm relationships in a kindred spirit of survival. I think you will agree our best hope comes from teaching the teenagers and elementary school students of today in Vermont to value each other equally and not form cliques because ultimately you never know who has hidden talents and will become the next Bill Gates or Willie Robertson.