We live in a day and age when two supposedly different approaches to solving the world’s problems are front and center.

While accepting that simplicity can be a dangerous thing, let me illustrate.

Justin Trudeau observes virtues that he feels are important, and applies the principles top his politics. In order to maintain sanity, he separates from those who don’t follow his way.

Donald Trump jumps into the fray, hears a winsome story and begins to swim that way. In order to maintain sanity, he decries those who don’t follow his way.

Both claim to be uniting their countries. While attempting to create a citizenship that can work together with a common spirit and goals, they are dividing their countries.

Our educational system reflects this same conundrum!

My grade school teachers worked off rote learning. I had five best ways to do this, and 10 commandments to follow. Be instructed by the principles and then work them out.

The current generation are often taught by story. Learn a story where the lead character approaches a problem and triumphs. Gather in a circle and listen to each other’s stories to illustrate how life has been handled. Learn to imitate and then figure out why it works.

And two generations do not know how to talk to each other in order to solve problems.

Let’s go back a few millennia – two or three at least!!

Let’s talk about Inductive versus Deductive learners – a dispute the ancient Greeks never quite reconciled in dealing with life, problems and the polis (the Greek word from which the words “people” and  “politics” are derived). Aristotle and Plato are still being debated!!

The inductive method proclaimed jumping into reality and while you are watching others swim, you learn how to keep your head above water by imitating them.

The deductive method proclaimed standing back and watching reality and while you are observing you begin to see patterns that will help you to live.

The divide over these methods has never been reconciled. Witness the polarity in politics and education.

Unless . . . everyone can accept that there is a certainty that transcends our feeble approaches to life. That would require a true creator beyond the creation (a truth our indigenous brothers and sisters hold firmly to) as well as a reasonable revelation of that creator’s purpose (a truth the Western world has sought for ages).

And we have to ask ourselves the question: How can that work?

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Ron Baker
Ron Baker is a recently retired (2005) member of the Kindersley community. His roots run deep – his grandfather homesteaded just outside Kindersley in the early 1900's. Ron was born in the old Kindersley Hospital, has made his home in various other communities over the years, but keeps coming back. Committed to the community, Ron has found his local involvement has proved to be great fodder for some hilarious tales and tragic events. His experience in administration and working with people, along with his love for a good story, ought to help to bring daily life to life! Ron blogs at, and is pleased to be a part of the writing “crew” at Kindersley Social.