I’m two chapters into the A. Lincoln book. It’s interesting, but one of those slow starters. My hope is that every couple of chapters I glean something worthy of the theme. Today’s is the interesting claim by White that Lincoln’s ideas were greatly formed from the seven generations of roaming, successful ancestors that proceeded his ascension to the White house and also that his years in Indiana, from ages 7 to 21, defined the man he would become.
Of course, we don’t know if this is really true – it’s just what White believes. But if it is true for Lincoln, is it true for the rest of us? And if it is, what about our roles as parents towards our own children’s experiences between 7 and 21, or our responsibility to society for all children. This notion casts a brighter light on the competition among television, music, online social networking, advertising, and education. How are their ideas being shaped in the 21st century between 7 and 21?