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As a teacher, I used such measures to make a child reflect on its behavior, and its effect on the connection with the group.
Appropriate punishment, we called that in The Netherlands. Instead of detention, or useless duties, the sanction was a logical consequence of the child’s actions.
Do you make yourself more important than the group as a whole? Then sit down on your own being important. Soon this child discovers that isolation is the most painful punishment.
I didn’t like to punish, not even “appropriate,” I’d instead prevent it from being necessary. Therefore, I spent endless time building a harmonious group. But sometimes, it is inevitable to reprimand a child.
And now we are that child. We were sent out of the classroom by nature, because we made ourselves, humanity, more important than the big picture.
Nature tells us to ask ourselves if we want to stay ‘on our own, being important,’ or if we prefer living according to the laws of nature, in perfect harmony.
I’m sure she’s not happy it had to come to this, Mother Nature. But that is the core of upbringing and education: taking unpopular measures with the best intentions for the future.
We are forced into isolation and distance, with the purpose of unification and closeness.
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