Teaching Children the (Hard) Way

When water systems are used as reservoirs …

N0000295.RAWRosemund Lake, Flooded

… people move between the trees, and are dwarfed by them.N0000303.RAWHere’s how we teach our children that…

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Children’s Playground, Chief Joseph Dam, Washington

The plastic is the way a petroleum culture can talk about natural forces. Here, children get to be the water flowing over the dam (at least in their minds). Then they land on the artificial volcanic cinders (in a  land of volcanic cinders) made out of petroleum-based rubber and bounce. That is what they experience. Children learn this lesson well. When they are adults, they are likely going to have to find a way to undo the damage.Maybe, if they’re lucky, they’ll get in a kayak and pass among the trees and be small…

N0000299.RAW… and suddenly realize that they are approaching something they have no words for, and for which symbolic representations don’t exist. They might choose to keep moving into that realization. I hope so

 

 

2 thoughts on “Teaching Children the (Hard) Way

  1. I guess it’s a good thing people haven’t yet figured out how to dam, hold, and release sunlight and air. I’m struck by how the DNA helix is used for climbing up and down, or sliding. And ‘playing’ with.

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