The world hasn’t changed, it has always been a shadow dance of good and evil. There was always violence, before guns, swords, before swords, clubs, rocks, fists.
Education has changed since my childhood. My school days were technology free, except for the manual typewriter I wrote papers on in my parents’ basement. Those keys were so hard to strike, the ribbon would need to be rewound, getting ink all over my fingers…..
My research was done at my parents’ encyclopedia bookshelf or in the library. I learned a variety of skills in school, from science to sewing. Home economics and wood shop were always offered; not every student had a mind for numbers, but hands and eyes skilled in creating beauty in his own unique way.
There was auto shop for blossoming mechanics. Sadly, auto repair involves more computer reading than wrench wielding these days.
If you were unlucky, you were bullied. I know, I was. But at least, the bullying stopped when the school day was finished, it didn’t continue on to the pages and pictures on the web…….Spiders spun webs in my day……not bullies.
Kids who don’t fit in with the crowd are trapped in a different web today. A web where scenes of violence are viewed so often that the mind is numbed to the horrors of it. They are trapped in a web of isolation, sitting alone in their rooms creating scenarios of getting even for all the hurt thrust upon their own hearts.
Somehow, finding a way to spin these isolated strands back into the web is needed…..every child needs to feel a strand in that web is his and belongs there. We may have created wondrous achievements, but, still the simple artistry of a spider’s spinning can never be rivaled. Each child should be nurtured and educated to spin his own beautiful creation in this life, or the threads of civilization will keep unraveling in the darkness of evil. Teachers have an arduous task; they must find those strands and weave them into a classroom too often crammed with too many.
I am reminded of the adage…….it takes a village. Well, it takes each single strand to weave a healthy web…….A web of kindness, cohesion, and acceptance. There will always be evil, there will always be some kind of attainable weapon…..Yes, stronger gun laws are necessary, but the web of our society must be nurtured so troubled hands no longer think to reach for one. How we accomplish this, I do not know. I do know it will be in the hands of a lot of spinners……from parents, to educators, to law makers, to Presidents. A spider weaves with eight eyes……..we need the eyes of billions…………..