This was so eye opening to me, that I immediately had my next blog post topic!
So yes, we’ve all heard of rules before. Many times. Often. However, what about these kind of “rules” , those which have a strong root in past history, and can surely be re-applied as history’s rotating cycle has brought us into a ‘4th season’ and on the upcoming brink of a ‘1st season’ ? Most definitely worth discussing!
These 14 are derived from C.E. Sargent’s classic read, ‘Our Home‘ , which is a Top 100 recommendation on the TJed Teen/Youth list, thereby making it a must-read, regardless of if you grew up in this classical educational tradition, are now embarking on it, or will be in the future.
One/1 : Embrace the New, then Embrace the Now.
“Those who pine away for the old will not succeed, nor will those who wait around for the old days to come back.”
Two/2 : Spend evenings and Sundays with family.
Community’s cornerstone is the family unit. When endless entertainment, excessive trading of time for money, dissolution of family, or other issues arise, it’s surely best to address these at the root.
Three/3 : Strengthen your self–culture.
This is the antithesis of popular culture; it runs counter to the concept of peer pressure (fitting in with the crowd, looking for approval, being right with others)
Four/4 : Articulate and write out your individual rules for life.
Who are you? Leaders are not conformists, except to core morals & goodness.
Fifth/5 : The focus of families is on raising adults & the focus of education is to prepare young people to be good parents & informed citizens.
Opportunities abound to offer leadership and other crucial chances to impact society positively to those age 12 & up; responsibility is borne from the need to help the family succeed.
Sixth/6 : Meaning is a central component of learning.
Replacing the tunnel focus on ‘getting ahead’ & prosperity for self. Gratitude, mistakes as growth moments, & persistence shine through.
Seventh/7 : Spend time serving the less fortunate/vulnerable in society.
Service ahead of self (entertainment all the time) and boredom are moved aside. This creates real community and rebuilds social capital.
Eighth/8 : Marriage as a central, vital project/focus.
This evolves from putting working & parenting ahead of your spouse. Family is strengthened, tying back to the fifth rule above.
Ninth/9 : Pursue & complete a true leadership education.
Also known as an ‘Impact’ education, this replaces 1:1 the previous focus on job & career / professional track. Initiative, ingenuity, tenacity, creativity, and persistence, amongst other skills/values are at the core.
Tenth/10 : Entrepreneurship.
A must. Period. Even for those who have apparent security in their job/career, many find that the security translates to prosperity or fulfillment. The views of entrepreneurs changes over the seasons; the best to emulate is “build(ing) a business to change the world.”
Eleventh/11 : Produce wealth.
The best time to produce wealth? Build it when the community, including your family (to maintain standard of living), your country, and society need it the most — in times of economic calamities and challenge. The response is to become a producer, which is far more valuable than a dependent, victim, employee, or consumer.
Twelfth/12 : Developing Creativity and Inventiveness.
Doing so helps address society’s problems & ties back to the 11th rule in producing something(s) of value. Opportunity springs from challenges in offering people what they need, as well as want, even in times that it seems far more difficult to do so.
Thirteenth/13 : Inner resiliency.
Winston Churchill is a wonderful role model for this rule. He was able to remain optimistic and enthusiastic even when life was very very hard. Leadership dovetails perfectly here with effecting positive change.
Fourteenth/14 : Growing your ambition.
Being clear to define ‘ambition’ in the right context for the season/time, as either/both of these > Making sure the right side wins. Making sure the right changes happen.
The quality of the education and leadership determines at the heart what will result from the winning side’s victors and after the change(s) take place.
Did this information hit you as mentally hard as it did me? I have come to believe more and more that the times we are in are far from what the self-anoited ‘experts’ are saying is a ‘great recession’; on the contrary, it is far, far deeper than that. However, without reading, studying, and listening, let alone associating with those who also do these things, its clear why a fair number of those in America & the West have agreed, at least on the surface.
Comments are most welcome. Thank you, as always, for reading, and God Bless.
* Chapter 7 in the terrific book, ‘Thomas Jefferson Education for Teens” was my primary reference for the above; some of the comments below each rule are mostly my own, tying in from other books.