I owe the credit for most of my bad character traits to a public school education.
To this day, I am trying to undo what was done to me.
I had a bundle of psychological and emotional issues develop during that time, many of which I’m just now noticing. (All of these issues are in addition to my complete lack of an actual education. I’m having to re-learn politics, philosophy, theology, etc.)
You can imagine the rage I felt when I learned that perhaps this sort of thing was planned. That, perhaps this was exactly the sort of result the designers of the system were looking for.
Humiliation was a big factor in my “education.” The shame of what I was subjected to affects me and my personal relationships to this day.
I’m currently reading Solzhenitsyn, and at some point during my illustrative flight through communist Russia, the idea struck me that someone should write a survival guide for the Christian children that are being forced into the public school system.
Someone should provide them with a practical and ethical guide. A way to survive the never ending onslaught of the American educational “Gulag.”
It will be hard for me to articulate much of my experience to people. Perhaps if I write this book, and include a confession of the horrible things that happened to me, It will, in essence be as if I’m setting these things to rest once and for all.
While I ponder various aspects of the book, I’d like to present some ethical issues to you guys. Perhaps in the resulting discussion I can come to some conclusions and relay them to the Christian student out there, sitting through lunch time in the school library…wishing for someone to plead his case…(if he even realizes that he has a case to plead). I can see him, with all the clarity that memory offers, asking God for someone to appeal to. It’s for him or her…that I’ll be writing.
So, my first ethical question is this:
Should we fight for our own pride?
At first glance this question doesn’t seem too difficult, but before you answer, I should remind you of the soul quenching power of humiliation. When the pride and honor of an individual are trampled on and made a spectacle of…should the individual sit idly by, secure in his ivory tower of idealism?
Or should he defy the prevailing thought of both school board, and emasculated “youth ministry?”
Should a man fight for abstract ideas like honor?
I could posit a good many specific cases, but in the end, it all comes down to that one question.
The new heart in me cries out for an answer; an answer that will demand the right to have honor in a society that seeks to destroy it.
What do you guy’s think?