I've been wondering about chaos/ spontaneity and flexibility in life as opposed to structure/ routine and rigidity.
I'm reading 'Little House on the Prairie' aloud to my kids: "You do as you're told, no matter what happens." Mary and Laura are told by their Pa. This instruction seems so rigid and inflexible as to be possibly dangerous, definitely not encouraging independent thought. I wondered about that style of parenting and the type of adults it would generate. Would this next generation be the sort of people who would gravitate to the armed forces, religion or any other institution where there is a defined heir achy and and code of behavior? Do they feel lost without it?
Does a defined code of behavior/ethics and an inflexible structure create independent free thinkers or dull clones afraid of change?
How are children in schools treated? How about the elderly? My mother nursed geriatric patients many years ago. She claimed adamantly that they needed routine and structure to their day or they would get very upset and behave like children. I think this rigid structure and constant repetitiveness starts to shut down independent thought. Is this a similar system as used in schools? Does it serve the same purpose? I wonder if all the structure and routine for the elderly patients was more about keeping them subdued and easy to manage rather than about what might be stimulating and mind expanding for them?
Reading 'Little House on the Prairie' has helped me feel very grateful for my life-journey with my family. Even with the bumps in the road we are still striving for freedom of thought and actions unlike those families living like Mary and Laura.