Globatron University – Apprenticeship Program

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Great news from UK writer Christine Killen who is the first student to pursue her Apprenticeship Certificate from Gobatron University.  Full text below.

I’m just about to complete an Apprenticeship with Globatron University which I recommend highly. As described on the site, Globatron is:

a free course of academic study meant to address a growing global need for a consciousness-based education, one focused on the long history of human striving for justice and truth and the beauty that expresses its presence. The works chosen will not make you a better worker. They are chosen to make you a better human being, one more in touch with the divine calling of existence; they are chosen, just as you are, to face existence in a more direct way and as a result be a beacon of hope to those in your community.

The brainchild of the American artists Byron King and Ken Vallario, the Apprenticeship programme is one of the most educational and entertaining syllabi I’ve ever had the pleasure to follow. Following the Apprenticeship programme took little time for me as I was already familiar with some of the great texts, videos, podcasts and works of art, most of which are provided on the site and save the student the effort of having to track down free versions. The wealth of non-text materials also allows for people who struggle with reading English to participate and appreciate these great ideas, thinkers and artists.

From the texts, my favourite was Herman Hesse’s Siddharta which I read in one morning and which inspired me to examine my own life and approach a personal moral dilemma from a new angle (which I wrote about in a previous post).

I’ve started watching The Fog of War and Wires, which I will continue watching in the evenings: I enjoy watching movies and television series on the computer as I have no television since I put it in the cupboard owing to inability to pay the cost of the licence fee (and my life has improved immeasurably as a result of this action). When I had television before, I used to watch NCIS and CSI as I liked the characters. I preferred NCIS because there was less graphic violence than in CSI, which I sometimes found too difficult to continue watching. I was criticised on Facebook for watching these programmes; people said that no good could come of witnessing glamourised negativity and certainly, when I put the television away, my mind was not full of violent images that I am sure contributed to states of depression. Having watched the Bill Moyers Journal podcast about Wires, this series seems to have been an attempt to avoid glamourisation and tell the truth that has been largely absent from televised crime drama, so I will stick with it even although I find televised violence abhorrent and difficult.

Of the works of art and architecture, I’ve been fortunate to have visited Rome and Paris, so have seen the Sistine Chapel, Roman Pantheon, Colosseum and Notre Dame Cathedral. In the art section, the image is simply offered and it’s left to the reader to explore the provenance and meaning of the artworks if they wish. It’s difficult not to be curious about such fantastic works of human creativity.

Whenever I read another “I’m bored” comment on Facebook, I’ll be sure to offer the link to Globatron University.

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