Our Winter Solstice Celebration


Education is what remains after one has forgotten

what one has learned in school.

                     Albert  Einstein                                                                                                             

I recently worked for five days as a relief teacher at our local area school—a school serving children ages 5 to 17. I was appalled at the lack of respect many of the high school-aged young people had for themselves, for each other, for learning and for the teachers. Clearly, many didn’t really want to be there. Language was shocking. Frankly, for me it was soul-shattering work. I wonder about the home life that creates young adults seeking love and attention in such inappropriate ways.

The weekend restored my faith in humanity. Between 80 and 90 people attended our local Ceili on Saturday night—including our 17-year-old daughter and a group of her high school friends. They had a great deal of fun and danced and mingled respectfully with the younger children and the adults.

Sunday night 25 of us – aged 6 to 90 – gathered in our home to celebrate winter solstice. One by one we lit candles, placing them in a spiral of cedar boughs and fragrant flowers, bringing the room to light. Young and old expressed their wishes: for peace, for the world’s homeless, for suffering children, for the environment and for Mother Earth. We sang together and afterwards shared food and meaningful conversation.

It is this which I long for: meaningful activity with meaningful sharing. Isn’t this what we’re here for? One attendee in his 70s is an inventor of some repute (he has invented the water blaster and various aeronautical devices and airplanes. He told me he’s had almost no formal schooling. In his words he’s therefore had ‘less un-learning to do.’ Is it not time to re-evaluate our educational systems and motives? What are we trying to create? Free individuals or simply those prepared to tow the line?

Interestingly, I’m immersed in the third of Vladimir Meġre’s Anastasia books, The Space of Love. Anastasia speaks of the methods required to create real people fulfilling their missions as true creators on this planet. Her ideas for upbringing and education are vastly different from the systems we’ve created in the world.

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