Found this great paper, as I was trying to get some insight into 'The Particulars of Rapture' regarding chapter 5. 'The Mirror and the Gezerah'.
I found this very helpful; http://nmgifted.org/GAC%20Resources/Perfectionism%20The%20Crucible%20of%20Giftedness-SILVERMAN.pdf
Especially the last bit, which after reading it explained what Moses must have been going through during his developmental years, and the process of 'self actualization' described in this paper. I am not going to copy and paste from it because I think it infringes copywright laws.
I think the paper does explain our developmental capabilities very well. I also think that everyone is capable of participating in this process, and that there is also a sense of whole peoples becoming part of this process.
That both the individual and 'people' or nation as a whole become 'stalled' in development.
As described in 'The Particulars of Rapture', an arrested birth.
I like the idea of the women holding their mirrors up to Moses, as a form of theraputic councilling. They were instinctively mothering Moses into his full potential. In many respects perhaps these deeply disturbing conflicts Moses has with God also mirror the processes described in this paper.
For me, I found that the idea of 'self actualization' is realy not a very good description. Only in relationship with God, the recognition of Divinity 'outside of myself', has my development and resulting balance been possible.
Self actualization is not the end aim of our humanity, this is a very temporal and 'human' way of describing something like this paper. It's a very good roadmap, but misses the point of the excercise.
Humanity is intended to 'mature' along these lines, and if using this paper as a guide makes it simpler then so be it.
However the richness of the experience and the Means to achieve this Transcendence, come through the engaging with, and full participation in personal development.
Interestingly I had a thought yesterday about how upside down the world is. When one is young and full of passions and desires, this is not the time to learn anything past the age of 14 years old. And what needs to be taught until this time are the sound values of society, religion, houskeeping, parenting, and manual skills.
In western society we are denying the desire for young Adults to fulfill their natural desire for worthwhile work, and using this incredibly potent enthusiasm they have to get projects and ideals off the ground, before we have made them weak with dissilusionment, and sick of society.
Many young Adults would like to marry and have families with the support of their Parents, and enjoy the years of early parenthood, with the energy and vivaciousness worthy of the task. If A Girl and Boy may Marry at 16, without stigma or discouragement from parents, I wonder if this would re-address this problem of single parenthood.
This would mean that instead of artificially slowing down or stalling this natural instinctive drive, and allowing a huge social problem to manifest itself, we would be encouraging a far healthier attitude to the sanctity of marriage and fidelity to be manifest within 'western minset' society.
As alluded to in a previous post, there is a funny little saying, that 'children and Grandparents get on so well because they have a common enemy'. However second time round, as Grandparents, I am sure the 'mistakes' have been well catalogued in experiental learning!
I am sure that with the internet, and evening classes, open university, and the 'school of life' by the time a young person of 16 marries, has two or three children, by the age of 20ish, and sees the youngest off to school at the age of 5, recommencing their chosen career path (part time)may be actually more rewarding.
I think that during Parenting years, neither parents should have to work full time, and that with subsidy both could work part time. This would not cost more than having either two young people out of work, or supporting a single mother culture, and one other person out of work. For Governments to be actively destabilising our own countries by not valuing the sanctity of the marriage bond, or holding it in the highest esteem is another perverse manifestation of 'undoing the fabric of society'.
As though unraveling the spiritual nature of the eternal bond of the Holy Estate of Marriage, leads to some kind of economic stability. I suppose it might if you are a Lawyer.
For those with the drive and enthusiasm for self development having children is no hinderance to a stunning career. And having responsibilities mitigated with grand-parental help a far more rewarding experience. Imagine the potential of being a 'Grandparent' at 34, and the real enjoyment of playing with children all over again, except you can 'give them back' at the end of the day!
We have a serious problem with generating employment for so many young people, yet in truth older people from about 40 upwards are the best workforce. Engineering society so it is 'upside down' in this last era since the 'industrial revolution' has left us on the brink of chaos.
This doesn't preclude those who do not wish to marry, or to form a lasting bond with a partner of their choice, (doing so and not having children), and continuing through the current education system.
However, I suspect it would be a very healthy way of 'spreading' educational resources to offer multi options in terms of when and where people learn.
That in order to go to college or university, a young person must have a 'track record' of either 'life disciplines', instead of bogging off 'traveling', and living as though there was no tomorrow...
Or getting an apprenticeship training in a skill or functional job from the age of 14 to the age of 21 in order to get some maturity, do their 'A' levels at State paid evening school, and contribute to society before expecting to go on to further 'purely academic' education.
(It is only that I have worked hard to be in a position right now to enjoy learning new things, that I can be sitting here 'using' my time exactly how I please without feeling it's a pointless conversation with myself. I am having a very valuable conversation with myself... you can join in by reading it!)
If Parents are in a position to pay for further private education from the age of 16, then the young person must answer to their parents if they squander their money. I do not want to pay tax to send lazy learners to university. However I am willing to pay tax towards maintaining the structure of the Family, and the values of Family life.
Husband says this hits 'Something on the Button'!