Ancient Greek Paedea – Presently, Learning Before Birth
It’s not challenging to surmise the Greeks of ancient times relied on their intrinsic knowledge of birthing and raising children founded in the wisdom of the extended family, but particularly in the care of the nursemaid and the mother. In modern times we are only just learning of this necessity to correctly nurture all our pre borns and little ones: toward long, quality of life in good company.
Society today is paying a big price for what seems like non existent care identified by EDI in more than 33% of our pre borns and infants. Now it becomes an imperative of society in general to seek alternatives to child raising or renew the tested and close knit traditions of the original Paedea. EDI or Early Development Instrument data can best be understood in the context of two broad concepts:
Children’s early experience, including those before birth have lasting effects on their lifelong social, emotional and physical health and academic success. Advances in the science of human development suggested children’s earliest experiences get under the skin and can influence their gene expression. This process called biological embedding describes the process by which children’s early experiences influence health and behaviour across their lifespan. Increasingly, the study of this process called epigenetics is helping us understand the mechanism by which the experience is embedded in the intricate interplay between experience and biological sensitivity. EDI BC : 2019 PROVINCIAL REPORT
Social epigenetics is a process by which early life experiences influence chemical reactions that in turn alter ways our gene functions are expressed. Research now shows how diverse social and environmental factors that (social determinants of health) such as maternal health and education, nutrition, environmental toxins, social conditions such as housing and poverty, and child-rearing practices affect how genetic building blocks of DNA are expressed. The differences in gene expression contribute to individual health differences in health, development and behaviour. The social epigenetics work at HELP by Dr. Michael Kapoor EDI BC : 2019 PROVINCIAL REPORT
Early Child Development as a Social Determinant of Health
EDI data show that avoidable and persistent inequalities in children’s developmental health and well-being exist in BC and have been sustained over time. Inequalities in children’s well-being arise because of social inequity “… In the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age.” the link between social and economic factors, poverty, social exclusion, discrimination and healthy development is clear from decades of research. HELP in particular has focussed on promoting the importance of early development as a major determinant of lifelong health and well-being. EDI BC : 2019 PROVINCIAL REPORT
Care of the Soul
The tradition of the Socratic method in Ancient Greece was promulgated by Socratic philosophers, Plato Aristotle and Socrates, mainly because they proved beyond doubt that human nature in the body could only contain a soul. In this way evidenced by the interplay of thought, speech and the natural world in good and bad outcomes. Body Mind Spirit are the elements of character which will become known or ignored over time by the child. Or then in its adulthood after deep care from the parents and caregivers shared progressively by the extended family, by neighbours and villagers who by nature trade support.
Components of Character
Body Mind and Spirit are the components of Character which nature provides the family along with the extended family to accept and be charged with the co-responsibility of cultivating the child character so that it is able to understand its Nature; Its underlying capacity to field all challenges with invincibility. But initially with their help and encouragement. Parents must learn to respect the child as another partner that participates in their quest for life in the universe but also contributes its own particular destiny Socrates describes as his Eudaemon. Everyone has one but many ignore it.
I have great optimism for the future of mankind. Mainly because humanity’s time has come. What looks like a reverse takeover bid of machines and robots (corporations) is actually a time of reckoning. This is now the time that humans take their place as the creators of the human universe. Each with our own Eudaemon who guides us to our creators’ assigned purpose. And a science to govern our choices. We have all been created for good. This idea will prevail because it is good. The other more remarkable reason is Socrates’ observation that memory never disappears!
Your community is your guide. Begin getting to know how to recognize your community by researching and naming the twelve individuals in the frontispiece above. Each has a sign attached to its image which hints at it role in your relationships you have already forged in life and will need their involvement for the duration. Your community is where you belong.
Enjoy your voyage of discovery of self.