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childhood taboos

2005-07-28 18:57:22.097372+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

I got an email yesterday from Robert Smith-Hald, someone who knew me back in my grade school days. I was browsing through his musical biography and some bits of my childhood came into perspective. In describing his upbringing he says:

The glue of these types of communities is to lay down lots of taboos. The outside world is bad, henceforth; No TV, no candy, no junk food, no blue jeans, use candles rather than electric lights- and stay way from anything remotely connected to modern culture- and the worst- NO POP music, which includes rock, folk, blues, even most country music. The only music allowed was classical.

My family wasn't this hardcore, but we did trend that way, and a good number of the people who went to the school I went to through 7th grade were this extremist. I'm not quite sure where I wanted to go with this, other than that if you read that you'll get some clues into why I'm slightly out of sync with the world most people inhabit.

And his music is worth a listen.

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#Comment Re: made: 2005-07-29 19:54:04.308709+00 by: Mark A. Hershberger


Wow, the only people I know that "hard core" are Amish and this dumpster-diving sect.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-07-29 20:55:09.756961+00 by: Dan Lyke

Obviously there are shades in each culture, and the school I went to was populated by people between the "slightly counterculture" folks and the hardcore anthroposophists, my parents being in the former camp. I remember at least one classmate who lived in the Camphill in Copake (not developmentally disabled, a child of one of the caretakers) having a computer, but there were other parents who asked that televisions, radios and record players be covered up when their kids came over to play.

I used to read NetFuture, but one of the things that pushed me over to embracing more of the popular culture and the changes in it that advancing technologies are causing was when Steve Talbott (editor of NetFuture) moved to the community that my school was in, and I suddenly had a strong reminder of both why I held some of those isolationist beliefs, and why those beliefs not only hobbled me, but led to communities with some essential flaws.

So, yeah, beeswax candles are cool and all, but I've got no problem with paraffin occasionally...