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Evil "Educators" and Pulled Heartstrings

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I'm watching Freedom Writers on Netflix. It's an incredibly powerful story well worth watching-- again, in my case.

I decided to write this because I saw evil monsters, and they were educators-- a teacher, an English Department head, a principal and the main character's husband (well, the husband may just be an a**hole. . And the damn movie is one of the touching, heartwarming movies I've ever watched.


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When I see them manifesting their evil, my lips purse, my brows furrow, and my teeth clench.

They are perpetrating their evil upon children and their families, dwarfing their hopes, poisoning their spirits and salting the earth of their future.

They believe that "they can't learn or will steal the books, so we can't waste resources." The believe that it is a waste of time teaching the kids from the projects."

These are kids from the projects, kids who are in gangs because they they fear they can't survive without being in gangs.

When the main character in the story, a first time teacher starts with the class, she is treated with contempt. "Why should we treat YOU with respect. You have to earn it," they inform her.

She earns it by learning about their lives, and is inspired to buy notebooks for them to write in as diaries or whatever they want to use them for.

So, I described how viscerally respond to the evil villains in the movie. But for every scene with one of the evil characters which evokes visceral reaction , there are five scenes that evoke heartwarming visceral responses-- particular tears and feeling touched and smiling. Matter of fact, I have cried over more scenes in this movie than, I think, than any other movie.


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This is a feel-good movie with a strong message. It raised the issue of white police having a blank check to do whatever they want with kids of color, 23 years before George Floyd's murder and Black Lives Matter.

The movie shows that a teacher who cares-- about doing her job, about her students-- really can make a difference. It shows that even the kids that most educators would write off can be reached, can be inspired can be made to want education, to LOVE education.

Stuck at home with a lot of time on your hands, watching streaming content? This one is worth your time.

Here's are some details about the movie from Wikipedia.

Freedom Writers is a 2007 American drama film written and directed by Richard LaGravenese and starring Hilary Swank, Scott Glenn, Imelda Staunton, Patrick Dempsey and Mario.

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Sometime when I go to watch a Hollywood movie (not all that often, most of my energy is taken by what is going on around me) I will go and see what plucked your heartstrings with this one. I watched "Stand and Deliver" years ago and was put off when, according to the movie scriptwriter, the celebrated educator asked a restaurant manager if he wanted for his daughter to become no more than a restaurant owner. (The daughter was an aspiring medical doctor). Clean successful restaurants are hard work and much appreciated community assets. While I respect excellence in medical doctors, I do not disrespect food providers in comparison.

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Second comment: in this movie trailer, all the high schoolers appear to be able to read and write. I do not take the primary skills for granted. Back around 2008 I tutored a young man who could not read, although he had graduated from high school. He was an aspiring vet assistant. As I worked with him we discovered that he stumbled over common letter combinations and their sounds, and was confused when he encountered -th, -ph, -sh, and the various sounds of c, s, and k. The appearance of those combinations in a word would stop him cold, and his attention would go into feeling diminished and less than competent, instead of comprehending what he was trying to read. l wish his elementary school had provided him with phonics instruction for as long as he needed it. I also hope he eventually made it to vet assistant. Being able to read labels on meds and devices is an essential life skill

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Third comment: whenever I come across the word "evil", it sets off alarm bells. I suspect I am encountering a religious ideology or, alternatively, someone is hoping to exploit my own vulnerability to religious ideology. "Evil" is usually a label applied when someone is trying to hang everything "bad" on a scapegoat instead of sorting out particular non-working features of a system

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Mary,

This is a common New Age meme. All words, of course, are metaphors, and the "the thing itself." And they are powerful, and can be used as agents of manipulation.

I think we do humanity a grave disservice when we refuse to use the term evil. It is true that that the word must be used in context - and often qualified.

It is true that, from the point of view of Universal Love the polarities may be subsumed into the Infinite Oneness. However, in terms of everyday life, we need to recognize the dark side and seek to neutralize it.

For more on this, if you wish, see People of the Lie by Scott Peck.

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Eckhart Tolle:

"The collective egoic mind is the most dangerously insane and destructive entity ever to inhabit this planet. What do you think will happen on this planet if human consciousness remains unchanged?"

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Thank you Blair for your thoughts. Through some error my comment about evil posted twice apologies to anyone I may have bored with the accidental repetition.

i remain skeptical whenever I encounter the term "evil" as "evil" is so often a verbal tool of propagandists. The term is employed by leaders doing level best to rile up gullible souls to engage in theft or murder (fully justified of course because those people over there, why they are eeevillll).

Teaching is hard work. It is a special skill to teach well. Some educational endeavors work better than others, and there are particular *reasons* why some methods work better than others. Compulsory education, like compulsory childbearing or being force fed - well sadists may be gratified, but others, not so much. Few people enjoy being trapped in daily routines that expose them to continual contempt from those in control. The response is not gratitude, but rather sabotage and rebellion

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Thank you Mary Elizabeth,

I will have more to say later.

I think that it is useful to distinguish different levels of evil. To begin, my sense, in line with Buddhism, is that all phenomena are empty, and without absolute entity-ness. Yet, at the relative level, it seems critically important to name evil as such. One can describe it as willful destructiveness that is 'anti-life.'' As a hint, we can notice that the word 'evil' is the word 'live' spelled backwards.

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Third comment: whenever I come across the word "evil", it sets off alarm bells. I suspect I am encountering a religious ideology or, alternatively, someone is hoping to exploit my own vulnerability to religious ideology. "Evil" is usually a label applied when someone is trying to hang everything "bad" on a scapegoat instead of sorting out particular non-working features of a system

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Mary Elizabeth,

From M. Scott Peck:

"There really are people and institutions made up of people, who respond with hatred in the presence of goodness and would destroy the good insofar as it is in their power to do so. They do this not with conscious malice [although this debatable - B.G.], but blindly, lacking awareness of their own evil - indeed, seeking to avoid any such awareness.

"As has been described of the devil in religious literature, they hate the light and instinctively will do anything to avoid it, including attempting to extinguish it. They will destroy the light in their own children and in all other beings subject to their power."

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From Paul Levy:

"Directly encountering evil can be catastrophic - it can ruin lives, families, communities, nations, world-systems; and yet, it we are able to take into ourselves and digest, metabolize and integrate what we have experienced, we become changed, trans-figured human beings, almost as if we have become a new species. I would not recommend seeking out this experience to anyone; it is only when the experience seeks us out that we need to come to terms with it.

"And yet, in a very real sense, evil is more and more insinuating itself into the greater body politic of humanity, which is to say that we will all have to come to terms with it within ourselves and our world...

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So I would ask you, Mary Elizabeth - was the false flag operation known as 9/11 evil or not?

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Hi Blair. I would respond that the malicious destruction of the False Flag of 9/11 was intended to benefit someone, just as the invasion of Iraq was malicious destruction of thousands of innocent lives. It is easy to label the war industry as "evil", but in a practical sense most of is have participated in this to different degrees and in different ways. What are the practical ways we can withdraw from the dysfunctional group madness? The Amish and Mennonites make a good effort. I don't know that I would fit into their system, but I see a lot of practicality in their methods

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Hi Mary,

I would say that priority #1 could be the practice of mindfulness meditation and psychotherapy. These can 1) help us access our intuitive understanding of the universe in which we live, and 2) provide out-of-the-box problem solving ideas, which can answer the question you posed.

Bottom-line - we need to change our worldview and support others in doing the same. I can recommend Duane Elgin's Awakening Earth and Choosing Earth, as well as Radical Regeneration by Andrew Harvey and Caroline Baker.

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Mary Elizabeth,

Two additional answers to your question.

1) We must educate ourselves and each other about malignant narcissists, who are consistently destructive and gravitate to positions of power and authority.

2) Prayer: this can open us up to the infinite power of Grace, which operates via synchronicity, and is not limited to linear problem-solving strategies.

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Mary Elizabeth,

More on evil from Paul Levy:

"Today as never before it is important that we not overlook the danger of the potential evil lurking within us. One must be positively blind to not see the colossal role that evil plays in the modern world.

"To quote Jung, 'Only an infantile person can pretend that evil is not at work everywhere, and the more unconscious he is, the more the devil drives him.'

"Evil today has become a visible Great Power. Its effects do not diminish in the slightest by being hushed up as a nonreality. Evil is not something that, ostrich-like, we can just turn our back on or a blind eye toward. Our denial of evil is itself a manifestation of the very evil of which our denial is an expression, while at the same time, our denial engenders the very evil of which our denial is an expression.

"Disowned and unacknowledged evil becomes inhuman, monstrous and sadistic. We must learn to handle evil, since it certainly appears as if it is here to stay....our very survival of as a species depends on it."


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Mary Elizabeth:

You wrote:

"Third comment: whenever I come across the word "evil", it sets off alarm bells. I suspect I am encountering a religious ideology or, alternatively, someone is hoping to exploit my own vulnerability to religious ideology. "Evil" is usually a label applied when someone is trying to hang everything "bad" on a scapegoat instead of sorting out particular non-working features of a system."

I agree with you that when we are talking about evil, we need to be specific to avoid the scenarios you describe. However, I see that there is more to the term than issues around religious ideology or scapegoating. I see the term as applying to destructive, willful ignorance.

Would you describe - in general - the actions of Hitler's Nazis as evil? What about the withholding of zero-point energy from the people of the Earth, because it would eliminate the need for gas and oil and give us a new world?

We need to educate students (at the appropriate level) about evil and, as I said, the dangerous presence of malignant narcissists - especially in positions of power.

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