Whose monster is it?
We all remember 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 he rampaged the villagers. But, 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.
There is no Frankenstein monster without there being a Dr. Frankenstein, the creator to construct the monster. The monster’s creator pieced together a composite of body parts, effectively building the physical monster devoid of humanistic traits. Although noble in his quest, Dr. Frankenstein knew not the ramifications of his proclamation “It is Alive,”
When you piece together a person using body parts, physical inventory accounts for the physical parts needed. However, how do you account for the parts unseen without a physical component identifying their presence? Perhaps this is where Dr. Frankenstein went astray in his construction, the intrinsic qualities.
Due to extraordinary advances, you can now secure a better unit with all the physical characteristics desired by Dr. Frankenstein in his work. A starter kit, if you will, intrinsic qualities are still not included.
You must provide the fundamental moral qualities and training for your unit. Providing compassion, morality, and the like. However, your unit is highly observant and extremely impressionable, often mimicking your thoughts, attitudes, and behavior. Your unit comes in your image with striking similarities to yourself. Wonderful, what could possibly go wrong?
To set up your unit, there are no definitive instructions, just loose guidelines. This unit requires guidance to function properly. It is not a self-sufficient 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 as time pass to require less from you to function independently.
Wait, this mad scientist business is starting to get a little tedious. OK, but you still have a unit to maintain with expected sacrifices. Furthermore, the test is not only of your unit to receive instructions but you to instruct. So avoid saddling it with your unresolved burdens, always remembering the essence of what this unit becomes is guided by you.
You can damage it from being a properly functioning demonstration by insufficient effort or weak commitment. You can refuse to make sacrifices for the benefit of your unit. Finally, you can ruin the unit’s future by your lack of discipline and resolve to nurture your unit.
You can instill outdated rules of conformity and acceptance of beliefs and actions long determined before the existence of your unit. The unit can be restricted by your past and learned tendencies. For your unit to function properly, use only your absolute best efforts. After all, you don’t want your unit to become a monster. It is not like you’re Dr. Frankenstein, right?
The intrinsic qualities are utterly necessary to the unit’s programming. Select 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. Programming is the difference between producing a monster or a masterpiece. Your unit will most likely reflect your efforts, integrity, and character, otherwise termed programming.
As time passes, your unit will exercise its very own judgments, unique displays of expression, and intelligence. Its achievements become your pride to be credited or your shame to be blamed. Of course, there are random external factors at play, but your influence is the earliest and most constant. It is 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 you are still the creator, but we redefine the unit as anyone you have authority over, responsibility for, or have accepted as dependent upon you. For example, someone significantly impacted by your decisions, like maybe your children. So, for the sake of argument, let us define the unit as your child.
The child enters this world with a clean slate totally dependent upon you for survival and guidance. 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 and 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 even within that belief.
Aside from the physical necessities required, you also have a responsibility to cultivate, not indoctrinate, your child. Rather incorporate within a child the analytical veracity to determine what is factual or conditioned belief.
It would be best if you gauge the suitability of the programming, knowing the origins, purpose, and current practical application of the knowledge. Recognizing the current relevance and value of the cultivation, not familiar irrelevant conditioning. The passing of time suggests that a conditioned response’s consistent application might be impractical now when not in the past.
The very reason and purpose may have shifted over time, requiring a more current analysis with a current resolution, a sorely needed update. Reevaluating your perspectives should strengthen the teachings. This provides an audit to scrutinize them as impractical teaching or not.
Thus, unsaddled by past assumptions, the conveyance of knowledge is tested and accepted as factual free from past bias. Otherwise, your unit is unprepared for the present and future having outdated software.
The objective is life skills in preparation for the future, not an application for the past. Resistance to adaptation by conformity is a hidden cost of sorts. It maintains widely held assumption that often perpetuates and permeates society with an opposing purpose other than their stated intent. Therefore, it must present a clear benefit and comparable value supported by the frequency of its usefulness as a determining factor.
To further give a prime example of such a purpose, look at the trust and belief associated with the material’s content now presented as education. Which is more valuable, the stated purpose of knowledge or the intent of conditioning? Furthermore, within the quality of education, the frequency of its knowledgeable application throughout a lifetime impacts the pursuit of money and quality of life.
The benefits of incorporating currency, financial systems and business structures, abstract and analytical thinking, investments, and real estate could provide a comprehensive foundation of literacy and understanding for advancement throughout their life of how these systems actually work. Unfortunately, though critical to adult life, these topics seem relegated to insignificance compared to other topics presented as essential education that are not as useful in adult life.
That is where you, the mad scientist, come in to supplement and make sure that the knowledge of these things, which makes a massive difference in the trajectory of your child’s life and possibly generations after, is not left to randomness but are essential required learning. You do not have to know it. You have to make sure that they know it, the best-updated programming.
The presentation leads to consumption, which leads to the implementation. But, you must first plant the seed for it to grow. Education, curiosity, creativity, and personality must never be stifled and consistently encouraged in the child.
Please beware of the dismissive manner in which we discipline and discourage children. It profoundly influences their development, belief system, and ability to absorb a positive self-image. Avoid reckless negative reinforcements, don’t douse the fire of ambition, curiosity, accomplishment.
Your limits should not become your child’s limits, especially if they are generationally afflicted limitations. Yelling and demeaning children reinforce their acceptance of this behavior from someone else later in their life disguised as love.
Since they love you so dearly, they are conditioned to confuse it with acceptable behavior. It becomes familiar from someone else they so dearly love as just part of an expression of love. It creates a cycle of self-defamation of spirit encouraged by a loved and trusted source, you.
Why do they have to pay for conditions they had no hand in creating within you? Don’t let your inability to deal with your monster take away their chance not to become one.
Take no satisfaction in poisoning someone else because you were poisoned and healing has eluded you. Your unit can be your healing. Give them a chance, even if someone hindered your prospects, the child didn’t do it. Sort of ethical rules of engagement for a player to avoid soft innocent targets.
Set the standard and enforce it upon yourself, demanding accountability of yourself to refrain from projecting our deficiencies and lack of knowledge as examples for the child to believe and duplicate. Resist the refusal to accept change and initiate change because it is contrary to your conditioned reality. Where does the cycle end so an improved one can begin? Programmers use to say garbage in garbage out.
Without recognizing faulty programming in you that recycles in them, forms an extremely limited projection continuing the mistake of Dr. Frankenstien. Furthermore, it disregards the intrinsic value of new programming and information that benefits your child.
It might be too late for some of us, but not them. We need to pledge. I 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 offer encouragement to rise above my limitations and shortcomings. That their accomplishments will reflect their abilities and not my faults as a testament to my contribution. Otherwise, the villagers will let you know because they will metaphorically march on your castle with torches seeking the monster and its creator.
The full impact and understanding of the impressions we generate should not be recklessly transmitted messages of damaging programming. Instead, give the child a 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 can only be an example of what not to do but celebrate their possibilities. The world does not need any more monsters or Dr. Frankensteins, I presume.
Thurston K. Atlas
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