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The Caveman--Chapters 44-45

September 26, 2016
Posted at 9:14 am

These are again largely transitional chapters, in which little new is introduced.
About Hugo's comments on his mode of learning: I've used my own mental process here. So much education today is didactic, teachers (and professors) presenting the material in a manner and sequence that are quite rigid, and insisting that the student take it in that way. I don't doubt that their way makes some sort of sense, and works acceptably for many students. For me, though, it's confining and limits understanding to what others before have already assimilated. I always resisted the rigors of formal education when I was a kid, and have grown no fonder of the process as I've aged. Just give me a good text and somebody I can ask questions of as they occur to me, and then please get out of my way and let me learn in the fashion that works best for me. I think an awful lot of young people would benefit from such a laissez-faire approach. Not everyone's mind is patterned the same, and the one-size-fits-all approach of our educational system necessarily won't accommodate some and may even serve to stultify their minds instead of broadening them. I don't pretend to have all the answers here, but I rather vigorously object to an educational system that does purport to have them and suppresses the hell out of any real dissent.
Anyone who's done much moving in their lives will agree with Hugo's and Linda's reluctance to entrust their treasures to the hands of professional movers. Some of those are of course better than others, but even the most careful and diligent among them won't be motivated to take as good care of your personal prizes as you are yourself. I've done an awful lot of moving throughout my life, and it's a tack I learned quite young to take where possible. One of my horror stories about movers came when I moved some years back from the Washington, DC area to a home I shared with my late (third) wife in rural Georgia. The movers delivered our stuff pretty well, but also threw in someone else's expensive bedroom dresser and mirror. I phoned them several times to get them to come back and pick it up, but our new home was enough out of the way that they kept putting us off and finally said they weren't coming at all. Apparently the inconvenience of having to get a truck to our out-of-the-way location was more than the cost of paying the claim I'm sure the dresser's owner filed with them was worth. Which is why I'd really hate to give a mover something I truly loved and couldn't readily replace.