Last weeks lecture: Paternalism
Definition of paternalism: A policy or practice of treating or governing people in a fatherly manner, especially by providing for their needs without giving them rights or responsibilities.
Paternalism can be abused in so many ways and places, in government, workplace, school, community, church & relationships.
We learnt there are six levels of paternalism. The level’s covered, right from wrong, how we react in situations, following the crowd / blending in, standing out, walking against the crowd, questioning morals and standards.
One that stood out for me was point six. Purely focusing on the wellbeing of society.
In the definition of Paternalism above it mentions governing in a fatherly manner. A lot of the time when you see people using paternalism it doesn’t feel ‘fatherly’. Powerful people, in powerful positions, making powerful decisions for society, a workplace, school, congregation can often make us feel inferior, which generates a perception of double standards. The graphic above (which I found Here) reads ‘actions speak louder than words’, this I feel is relevant to us all. No matter what our status is… Powerful… Influential or not we may need to apply a little of point six in our everyday lives. Putting our insecurities aside to take others individual needs & feelings into account.
Is it possible to purely focus on the wellbeing of our society and each other?
‘Love one another’
As Part of our lecture this week we were asked to bring in an object with some significance to us. I bought in a necklace I purchased at a Watoto Children’s choir performance. The Watoto Children’s Choir are children who have been orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS, war, poverty and disease in Uganda. The choirs act as ambassadors to raise awareness of the orphaned and vulnerable children of Africa. You can see their clip here.
The Children are bubbling with energy (in a great way) and have big, beautiful smiles that just warm your heart. I had the chance to chat to the kids after the performance. Here they asked some questions, some easy to answer and some not so easy…
‘What is your ‘best’ colour?’
‘Do you have a job?’
Then… ‘Are your family still alive?’
These kids have lost everything, but they are so happy to be adopted by Watoto. Apart from an amazing performance these kids taught me something. To enjoy life, be grateful and live ‘simply’.
What does it mean to live simply? I don’t really know? But it has been something I have been thinking about a lot of late. Then our lecture topic being ‘Objects’ it brought up a lot more questions.
Are we becoming a society that consume for the sake of it or to own everything? Subconsciously or consciously having objects give us a feeling of power. It creates class and hierarchy throughout society.
What happens when the majority of us have everything? New things are invented and marketed… Good news for us graphic designers. But is this really the way it should be?… Time feels like it is moving faster, and we never have enough time to get everything done? Are these objects making our lives easier?
I’m not sure? Trust me, I have a whole pinterest dedicated to thing I like or want. Maybe it is everything in moderation and remember to be thankful for the things we have. What do you think?