Friday, December 24, 2010

System Bypass


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System Bypass:
1. The use of an alternate route to bypass an existing system.

We've all come across a scenario in popular culture or in real life where system bypass comes into play.

A safe holding a treasure has an alarm system that fails, the system needs to be bypassed for the safe to be opened.

A highly sensitive computer comes under attack and causes a system meltdown in a nuclear power plant and only the Director knows how to bypass the failing system and safeguard the nuclear centrifuges.
You get the picture....

Why am I wasting your precious time with this?

I think that it holds an important strategy in raising and educating children.
Let me explain.
There's "The System".
The System is Community, School and Family.
Then there's The Treasure and the Source of Power. That is Hashem.
When we are young, the system is synonymous with what it's protecting and representing.
The System is our way of approaching Hashem and thus, in a way, represents God in this world.
This is why when the system fails for many they go off the derech and lose interest in everything.
After all there was a system wide meltdown.

But this doesn't have to be the case.
Children need to be taught that Hashem exists and can be approached independent of The System.
There is a System Bypass.
We just have to hand them the codes and tools.
We need to give them an appreciation of Tefilla. We need to teach them that you can talk to Hashem and feel close to him.
They need to know that their relationship with Hashem is strong, unique and can withstand anything.
And most importantly that the relationship that we have with Hashem is completely independent of The System which by nature is human and capable of failing.
So even if there is a colossal system wide failure Hashem doesn't come crumbling down with it, rather He's the one you can go running to...




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6 Comments:

OpenID colloquiallyspeaking said...

interesting. is the system necessary though? can we teach our children that there need not be a set system, or is the only way out through a bypass?
on another note - this post answered a question i had about you and how you live where you do...:)

December 25, 2010 3:46 PM  
Anonymous eve said...

halevai every parent out there, having been taught by (and sometimes drained by) the System should have the proper level of guidance to turn out kids who believe in Hashem and have as much of an appreciation of Him as they should.

December 25, 2010 7:25 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

Oh...the system is absolutely necessary...there would be spiritual anarchy without it. But we do need to acknowledge that it can, and does fail sometimes.
And even if it doesn't truly fail, sometimes the perception to one child can be that it is failing him or her..and perception becomes his or her reality.
There's no reason why, when that happens, God should come crashing down with it.

December 25, 2010 9:05 PM  
Blogger Mystery Woman said...

Problem is...that system is in effect all the way through shidduchim. Bypass that system, and good luck with shidduchim...which also has its own system.

December 27, 2010 2:09 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

Finally out from the snow..

The people I'm talking about aren't too concerned about shidduchim.
And there are enough boys and girls out of the system ..

December 29, 2010 4:13 PM  
Blogger Soul Comfort said...

So true.
The system has failed me many a time. I don't know what I would do without that basic belief in the One Above.

December 30, 2010 11:59 AM  

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