We all remember from our childhood how scary the story of the monster Frankenstein was with his weirdo look, limited motor skills, and infantile mentality. He produced mass fear and hysteria particularly when his origin was unknown. Let’s face it, his inability to understand and to decipher much resulted in his outbursts of anger and frustration which made him more frightening. Dr. Frankenstein though noble in his quest knew not the ramifications of his proclamation “It is Alive”, the monster’s creator pieced together a composite of body parts effectively building the physical monster. There is no Frankenstein monster without there being a Dr. Frankenstein, the creator to construct the monster.
When you piece together a person using body parts an inventory can be taken to have an accurate accounting of the parts needed. But how do you account for the parts unseen that are present without a physical component identifying their presence? Perhaps this is where Dr. Frankenstein went astray in his construction, the intrinsic qualities.
Due to extraordinary technological advances, you are now able to secure a unit that has all the physical characteristics desire by Dr. Frankenstein in his work. You must provide the fundamental moral qualities and training for your unit yourself. Your unit is highly observant and very impressionable oftentimes mimicking your thoughts, attitudes, and behavior. You can get your unit in your own image with striking similarities to yourself. Wonderful, what could possibly go wrong.
Now to set up your unit there are no definitive instructions just loose guidelines. Of all the things that you must do, this unit requires guidance to function properly. It is not a self-sustaining unit, it requires extensive setup for initial functionality, and from time to time will exhibit a random selection of free will. The unit’s functionality increases and expands as time passes for it to require less from you for the unit to function independently. Wait, this mad scientist business is starting to get a little tedious with all these guidelines and restrictions not to mention the expected sacrifices. OK, but you still have a unit to maintain.
The test is not just of your unit to receive instructions but also of yourself to instruct. You can saddle it with the burdens you have left unresolved within yourself but always remember the essence of what this unit becomes is guided by you. You can restrict it by the limits of your effort and commitment to be a proper demonstration in words and in deeds. You can refuse to make sacrifices for the benefit of your unit. You can ruin the unit’s future by your lack of discipline and resolve.
You can instill the rules of conformity and acceptance of beliefs and actions long determined before the existence of your unit, the unit will be instructed by your distant past and long ago learned tendencies. Only your absolute best efforts should be used for your unit to function properly. After all, you don’t want your unit to become a monster, it is not like you’re Dr. Frankenstein.
It’s like selecting the correct software for programming this unique unit. Your unit holds you in very high esteem with the ultimate trust submitting to your guidance, influence, and authority. The programming is the difference between producing a monster or a masterpiece. If you only pass along your best and provide the best circumstances for your unit to expand, your unit will reflect your efforts.
As time passes your unit will exercise its very own judgment and unique display of expression and achievement. To what degree you are to be credited or blamed for the conduct of the unit is the mystery. There are random external factors at play for sure, but your influence is the earliest and most constant, so presumably disproportionately persuasive in the unit’s core construction and programming.
Now let us switch gears by keeping the same perspective but redefining the context to which we examine historically long-held practices or programming of questionable significance. Imagine a reality where you are still the creator but now, we redefine the unit as anyone you have authority over, responsibility for, have accepted as being dependent upon you, or greatly impacted by your decisions like maybe your kids. So, for the sake of argument let us just define the unit as a child.
The child enters this world with a clean slate totally dependent upon you for survival. The world the child enters is pre-determined by the circumstances and standards in which you live and provide. What that standard of living happens to be and the opportunities, as well as expectations, begin to influence the child’s programming from birth, even if inadvertently done. Now you cannot underestimate the influence of geographical location of birth on cultural and philosophical systems of adherence, practice, and perspectives. Even within the same demographics, there is a vast difference of specific beliefs, often those who share the same core beliefs differ among themselves on many things.
Aside from the physical necessities required, you also have a responsibility to cultivate not indoctrinate your child, but rather incorporate within a child the veracity to clearly determine what is factual and what is conditioned belief. You should know the origins, purpose, and current practical application of things taught before teaching them in error to your child or simply because that is what you became familiar with accepting. Reevaluating your teachings should strengthen them and provide a way to substantiate the scrutiny of them being challenged.
Things change over time and the consistent application of a conditioned response might not make as much sense as it did at some point in the past. The very reason and purpose may have shifted over time requiring a more current analysis with a current resolution, a needed update. Not being saddled by the assumptions of the past but prepared for the present and future according to the conveyance of knowledge tested and accepted as factual.
In addition to being factual, it must present a clear benefit and comparable value supported by the frequency of usefulness factored in as a determining factor. The widely held assumption of the masses perpetuates and permeates the systems that have an opposing purpose other than their stated intent. To further give a prime example of such a system and its unchallenged traditions, you must look at the trust and belief associated with the content of the material given as education and in addition to the suspect accuracy of the content within that material.
The frequency of application over a life’s span all lives are in constant contact with or in the pursuit of money. The benefits of incorporating currency, real estate, financial systems, credit, business structures, business law, banking, abstract thinking, analytical solution, expansion of thought without being told what to think, investments, and etc. could provide a comprehensive foundation of knowledge for advancement through life with the literacy and understanding of how systems actually work. These topics though critical to adult life seem relegated to insignificance compared to other topics presented as essential education.
That is where you, the mad scientist, come in to supplement and make sure that the knowledge of these things, which makes a huge difference in the trajectory of your child’s life and possibly generations after, is not left to randomness but definitely required learning. You do not have to know it you just have to make sure that they know it. The presentation leads to the consumption which leads to the implementation, but the seed must first be planted to grow. Education, curiosity, creativity, and personality must never be stifled and always encouraged in the child. The dismissive manner in which we discipline and discourage children have a profound bearing on their belief system and their ability to absorb a positive self-image but not by reckless negative re-enforcement.
Your limits should not be your child’s limits simply because they are yours and perhaps have been generationally tightly embraced. Yelling and the demeaning of children serves to reinforce their acceptance of this behavior from someone else later in life, Since they love you so dearly they are then conditioned to confuse it with acceptable behavior and quite common from someone else they so dearly love as just part of the love. This creates a cycle of self-defamation of spirit encouraged by a loved and trusted source.
Take no joy in no matter what you have been or how you are, consider what offense did the child commit or why do they have to pay for conditions they had no hand in creating? Take no satisfaction in poisoning someone else because you are poisoned, and the proper adjustment has eluded you. It is about giving them a chance even if someone hindered your chances, the child didn’t do it to you. It’s called civilians in the game and that is to be respected and without violation, sort of the rules of engagement.
Let’s set the standard and enforce it demanding accountability of ourselves to refrain from projecting our deficiencies and lack of knowledge as examples for the child to believe and duplicate. The refusal to accept change and initiate change because it is contrary to our conditioned reality, without concession to that reality being extremely limited, clearly disregards the value of new knowledge and information.
The village will reflect the acceptance of your unit’s assimilation and morality or you will know because they will march on your castle with torches seeking the monster and it’s the creator. The world does not need any more monsters.
Moral of the story < For some of us it might be too late but for the rest, we need to pledge, I SAY YOUR NAME will endeavor to present the best demonstration and presentation of myself to be an example for those who would hold me in such esteem. I further endeavor to make them the people’s champ to rise above my shortcomings for all to see and their accomplishments a testament to my contribution.
The full impact and understanding of the impressions we generate should not be recklessly transmitted messages of damaging programming. Give the child the chance you did not have or declined to accept so that their life is not derailed or carry the regrets you have. You are enough even if you are an example of what not to do.
Thurston K. Atlas
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