Thursday, April 10, 2014

Two Worlds?

"You are in a changing world and you should know both worlds."

Those words were uttered by a retired teacher. and i know it should'nt bother me, but they do. He didn't mean anything by them to offend me at all. Maybe i am just easily bothered or my patience for teachers is very short. I don't know what it is. But let me try to explain:

When i graduated from high school
and teacher, a good teacher,
said to us in his speech:

"you are starting now, you are entering the world
you have started in a life that you can now decide what you want"

The key words there: entering the world.
I have been part of this world right from the minute i was born.
I am the world. I am a citizen. I am breathing and
using up the world's resources.

I have been a teacher and i oddly consider myself as a teacher
up to today.

and we assume that the students are not yet able to contribute or
be part of the process.

And the changing world? two worlds?

Well, he should have assumed that we live in one world
that this is all one ecosystem

The phrase of two worlds got me to thinking that
that is what separates us from each other,
the thinking that there are two worlds
that we cannot fit into either one

I love the world that i live in
it is fabulous, it is full of knowledge
it is full of adventure
even in small towns such as Pang
same in bigger cities of the world

There is no Inuit world
or a qallunaaq world
or a chinese world
or an american world
neither canadian

we are all one.

so, if you are a student and have thought about
two worlds, i hate to shatter your worlds,
you are the same scum and beauty
that this world is.


10 comments:

Way Way Up said...

I really liked this post as it touches on issues I faced when I worked in Nunavut. I do indeed think we all live in one world and that seeing the world as two places and that one must try to fit both, is a notion that creates nothing but problems, regardless of one's background. I always saw Nunavut, not as a different world, but as a part of the world I had not yet experienced. And I count myself very lucky to have had that experience as it was informed, and indeed enriched, my life in many ways.

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