This post is part of the rough draft of Chapter 8 of my non-fiction WiP, Do Better, fka Baby Floors. This part of chapter 8 will begin the later years of mapping out a path to get there for Phase II, with a potential new adulthood rite of passage.
Sorry, Dear Readers, I forgot that this chapter has 5 sections per early and late, rather than the usual 4.
The overall objective remains that of putting a floor on poverty so that each and every baby born can have a safe childhood.
Outlines for chapter 8 will attempt to match with each section, at the bottom of each post.
Once again, by way of disclaimer, the overall goal is now to explain why we need both equ. + justice, & why in 4 phases. This chapter is part of showing what Phases I-IV could look like as potential roadmap for a fully inclusive society for all of us. This vision is laid out in the hope that All HumanKind will eventually have each person’s basic needs met, without taking anything from anyone, and without violence, intimidation, nor coercion of any kind.
(Chapter 8, III. C. was last week)
III. D (x/1000 wds). The Ritual
The last 5-7 years of Phase II, where the ritual related to passing The Adulthood Challenge are concerned, will involve increase educating, advocating, and now lobbying, for the rights of children, with this ritual as one of the catalysts for discussion. Education at this point in the process should revolve around preparing communities and the larger public for taking responsibility for learning new ways of thinking, always based on the greater Human Rights related principles. Advocacy, for instance, for a book per person, written by hand as part of a useful physical challenge. Education and innovations in the tools used to educate ourselves is obviously involved with regard to the person being taught that critical and difficult life skill, if the Teaching Terror requirement for the rite of passage is used in a given community. The ritual could conceivably involve candidates bringing an object which they have found or made, as part of the ritual. Lobbying around adulthood and safe childhoods for all of us may mean that society can finally start to define adulthood not as the mere reaching of a certain age, but as the proof of commitment to service of society and of human empathy. At its core, the essence, after all, of being an adult, is to take responsibility for what needs to be done, and to learn how to do it, while helping others to meet their needs as well. Bringing out that essential quality in all of us is the goal of this part of our project.
The sets of measurement tools, and the milestones for the later stages for Phase II, for ritual related decision-making will need to be adjusted, in coordination with the other parts of the work of this phase, by each community creating a ritual for the new rite of passage. This would be an appropriate time to asses whether the milestones have yet brought each community to where it planned to be by this point in time, and whether new measurement tools are needed to help making that determination. The E1T1 groups should, by now, have become regular weekly events, and could mark the achievement of a major milestone, should communities decide that this meets an important set of needs for them. An important question for communities to decide upon is whether or not members of the E1T1 groups should be allowed to attend the ritual when an organized of their group is a candidate for recognition as anAdult. The Ritual may also require new tools and new ways to measure progress related to the ritual, from designing the ritual itself, and the participation by community members as this phase progresses, to post ritual assessment of how it helped candidates, community members, and the public at large. Communities may find it helpful to invite ideas and even participation for the surrounding local community, and even from the public at large, providing that those ideas and that participation is in keeping with the spirit of their community, and meets the basic Human Rights ethic, and the standards of that community.
Again, in the last years of Phase II, the tools and some of the 1-minute activities developed around the Ritual should remind us all of the values to which we are committed. Each community must decided and say to what extend they would like to invite public involvement in their community’s ritual for any given candidate, with as much of the reasoning being made public as well, not for criticism, nor for debate, but for the rest of us to learn from. New 1-minute activities, campaign ideas, and tools leading to universally accessible and meaningful ways to participate in this process should also have a practical impact on daily public life in as many ways as possible. Ongoing legal and public media campaigns related to child safety should be tied into this ritual and to the discussion around the ritual and the process leading up to it, as well, obviously, as the resulting status and that which goes with it. Media and PSA campaigns on anti-hazing, self-control from within, and empathy should be wrapped into the ritual itself, if it is to be made public in any way, as well as the processes leading up to the ritual. The point must be emphasized in the clearest ways possible for all to participate in, that this ritual and the entire set of processes surrounding it are meant to build and demonstrate both empathy, at the individual, family, and social level, as well as practical cooperative problem solving skills in the service of all humankind.
The purpose, both practical and symbolic, of the ritual after passing a community’s requirements to meet The Challenge, should be multiple, both for the individual, as for the community, and even for the larger society. Since this is a coming of age ritual, as with any rite of passage, this ritual should be designed to allow the candidates to prove their ability to accomplish the assigned tasks. But more than that, the tasks assigned must also be carefully chosen to further develop and demonstrate that candidates have the courage of their convictions, and that those convictions serve all of humankind, with Human Rights as the base. It should also allow the community to test future leaders of that community in a safe and useful way. It should, of course, give a meaning beyond merely having reached the age of 18, or 21, to the status of adulthood that can carry over successfully into the larger society as significant and meaningful for the larger public, as well. A bit like becoming a commissioned officer in our armed services. But it should also symbolize trust in the new generation of recognizedadults, and most importantly of all, this ritual should become a symbol of hope in and for Humanity. Thus, the committee has a delicate job of designing a ritual that will show the strength of character of each candidate, in the best way possible, while also showing the value of both that candidate, and of this process, for our larger society.
— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 8, section III. E. )
I’m considering this Rough Draft as the block of clay from which my book will eventually emerge, obviously, and some ideas for phases III and IV are still becoming more fixed in my mind as I write, so the final version will likely look pretty different from this Rough Draft, and will need updating once I get to the very end.
And once again, yeayyy( !!)with regard to audience, I may have at least a couple of comps: Walden Two meets The War on Poverty: A Civilian Perspective (by Dr.s Jean and Edgar Cahn, 1964). I know that lots of people consider Skinner’s writing to be stilted, but I like the tilt of most reviewers, in that the idea is that a community should keep trying policies that members agree upon until they find what works for all of them.
As for genre, I’m still wondering: clearly part of Non-fiction.
Many thanks to Dr. Garland for suggesting Philosophy!
Maybe also: System Change, Causes, maybe even Inspirational, but I doubt it.
1.) Consider some ideas you may have on how our society can solve homelessness and child abuse, starting right now,
2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please, and
3.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those sources and your thoughts.
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