What Star Wars taught me about life
June 20, 2008, 4:12 am
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I’ve been readying my 5 year old son some abridged versions of the Star Wars trilogy lately and as we discussed the stories it occurred to me what a good metaphor they are for life in general…

Friends make a difference – Luke, Han and co would have given up their struggles, or at least not been successful without each other – their faith and support of each other is what got them through. thinking of Luke leaving Dagobah to help his friends in Cloud City, or Han going after Luke on Hoth.

Success doesn’t come from having the biggest toys or the most resources – small group takes down emormous organisation has a familiar ring to it.  And those empire guys always looked so unhappy – no fun at all…

Anything is possible, don’t give up – so often the odds looked in surmountable but those rebels found a way…

Everyone has different strengths – no homogeneity here, each unique character had their own talents and weaknesses and together they had most things covered.

I know its just a movie but life is a stage…

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Starting School
June 15, 2008, 11:01 am
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I’ve long thought school sucked. Don’t get me wrong – I think a thorough formal education to tertiary level is important for most people, and life long, self directed learning a real joy and asset for everyone.  Its more the institutions I’m hung up on…

I think they generally drive the individuality and creativity out of young enthusiastic minds – I remember Tom Peters saying how the current public education system was developed after the industrial revolution to produce homogenous, compliant workers for factories. 

The 21st century presents an entirely different set of circumstances – the first world countries that have been built on this system are being undercut by developing countries embracing the same techniques with a vastly lower cost structure – the only way to compete is to be innovative and develop new solutions.

 

That’s why I was so impressed when I sat in on my son’s first day at primary school.  I was so pleased to see how things had changed – there was still discipline but the children were encouraged and supported and the vibe in the classroom was relaxed and friendly.  It made it a little easier to leave him in such good hands and knowing he wasn’t going to have his incredible little imagination crushed in a prescriptive environment!