26 May 2010
Positive Playlist: Sharpening Spiritual Perception
The strength of the program is not that it's a space for passively absorbing only good influences. Rather its strength is in the capacity it builds in young people to identify for themselves what uplifts the human spirit and what degrades it. And more often than not, both processes are at work within any given song, film, or TV show. Rage Against the Machine has a deep hunger for social justice. But their aggressive, hyper-masculine approach to activism typically has a destructive impact on the movements fighting for those causes. It's nice that John Mayer is waiting on the world to change. But others of us know that action is needed if that's ever going to happen.
The junior youth program provides a space in which young people can support each other in their investigations of reality. At first, participants don't have all the tools they need to take advantage of such an opportunity. But as their capacities grow, they can dig deeper and deeper into the messages, both open and concealed, being disseminated in the media. Some can drag young people down. Some can be stepping stones to empowerment. Junior youth's capacity to climb those stones grows as they learn to tell the distinguish between the one and the other.
Posted by Mr. Cat