One of my current Philosophy of Education Students here at Antioch New England shared this with me this week. Last week we were discussing those BIG questions about what is real, valuable and true. We explored the idea of whether we are, in fact, separate individuals, or if that perception is part of the limitation of some of our biology and we talked about what happens if and when we transcend that perception. We even shared some stories of times we felt a shift and could see things from a different angle of view, a deeper or wider way of knowing. I think it’s very important for teachers to explore their relationships to these questions and for them to explore some of these ideas in age appropriate ways with their students.
One of my favorite parts of this video is the one that explores the impact of the disconnect and pain we feel as result of recognizing on some level the gap between the more beautiful world we know is possible and the world as we’ve currently constructed it. It puts me in mind of what Paulo Freire said, “What if we discover that our present way of life is irreconcilable with our vocation to become fully human?”