Standard B: Grounded In The Past & Growing Into The Future

Any good knowledge is that of which is continually changing and adapting. The Inupiat people have this as a part of their culture’s wisdom as do the Japanese and many other cultures on our pale blue dot. However, building on ground without a foundation is  futile.

This poster represents the multi-cultural knowledge of our past that we embrace in the present, build on it and you can bet your sweet bottom dolla it’s gonna be carried into the future. Take numbers for instance. Genius. Instead of carrying little pebbles in my pocket I could just write a syIMG_0533-252x300mbol down. As far as the evolutionary evolution of the “el numero” goes you got the caveman’s chicken scratches, and then the Romans counting with letters because they drank so much wine, then finally the Arabs are like “let us not stand in the face of adversity by misrepresenting math with literature. Let us create the number!” and so it became its own universal language, “e pluribus nerdum”. The next portion of our work displays the arrogant “smart man”, fully equipped with his horse blinders, claims he came up with the modern day revolutionary idea of sustainability while half of the world’s cultures have been practicing that since the dawn of time, otherwise known as the ice age, which, isn’t the ice age anymore because it took too long to come up with the dang idea. Next, we have a beautiful rendition of early astronomy from two separate cultures, roughly at the same time, 12,000 miles away from each other. One could land a whole colony of people on an atom across 7000 miles of ocean by using the stars, whilst the other named almost every star in the modern sky. The final section in our work of art has to do with letters and stuff but I am a math/science guy.

4 thoughts on “Standard B: Grounded In The Past & Growing Into The Future”

  1. Tyson,
    As I sit beside you reading this post, that you made me read, I am incredibly grateful for your persistence. In this post your voice rings out and says many powerful things. I agree that cultural reappropriation of indigenous cultures is incredibly short sighted when it does not give credit to those cultures.

  2. “building on ground without a foundation is futile.” is something that really resonated with me. I enjoyed it supremely and I loved your insight on the whole subject itself, very insightful.

  3. Tyson, yours is the voice of a generation. I sit here in awe. I am so glad to have you as a spokesperson for our wonderful work of art.

  4. Futile is right. I can already tell by your writing and the way you speak in class that you’re going to be an excellent teacher.

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