By Ryan Shollenberger

Weapon of Choice

The people who truly deface our neighbourhoods are the companies that scrawl giant slogans across buildings and buses trying to make us feel inadequate unless we buy their stuff. They expect to be able to shout their message in your face from every available surface but you’re never allowed to answer back. Well, they started the fight and the wall is the weapon of choice to hit them back. — banksy

Boxes

Do you think little kids want to sit in seats all day? Do you think they want to be in rows and have all their learning in boxes? Kids need to run and play. They need to watch everything around them and ask questions. They need to watch the grown-ups and see what they do and try to do it. Learning’s about watching and thinking and asking and practicing and doing it again and again and again. Everything is here to teach us. Let the little kids learn the world whole, then take it apart and put it into boxes. Don’t make them learn the boxes first, then try to put it all together.
—Lakota Dan

via Kent Nerburn

…learning is natural and happening all the time.

…humans are naturally curious; children are humans, not candidates for humanity.

The Mule

a mule is an animal with long, funny ears
he kicks up at anything he hears
his back is brawny and his brain is weak
he’s just plain stupid with a stubborn streak
and, by the way, if you hate to go to school
you may grow up to be a mule
— frank sinatra

The Inferno

The inferno of the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is what is already here, the inferno where we live every day, that we form by being together. There are two ways to escape suffering it. The first is easy for many: accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of the inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space.
—Marco Polo

Invisible Cities (Italo Calvino)

Ch(w)ild Animals

Now human guilt was no longer rooted in conscious malevolence and immorality but in the instinctual drives of the unconscious.  The child appeared as a “polymorphous perverse” human being, as a “wild animal” that had to be tamed and “adjusted to culture.”  This was the enormous error in the second realm of knowledge.

-Wilhelm Reich

Ether, God and Devil:  Cosmic Superimposition