How the Number 2555 Plays a Role in Your Upbringing
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How the Number 2555 Plays a Role in Your Upbringing

The moment of your birth, an extraordinary event in itself, marks the beginning of just one the amazing cycles through which each human is destined to pass. But is our existence on this "mortal coil" predicated to be as predictable as death itself completes the cycle?

The moment of your birth, an extraordinary event in itself, marks the beginning of just one the amazing cycles through which each human is destined to pass. But is our existence on this "mortal coil" predicated to be as predictable as death itself completes the cycle?

"All the world's a stage" is the phrase that begins a monologue from William Shakespeare's "As You Like It." The speech compares the world to a stage and life to a play, and catalogues the seven stages of a man's life, sometimes referred to as the seven ages of man: infant, schoolboy, lover, soldier, justice, pantaloon, and second childhood, "sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything". It is one of Shakespeare's most frequently-quoted passages. (ref: Wikipedia)

Which though, one might well ask, is the most important cycle in human life, the one which benchmarks its very existence, and with it, the way one behaves, and either succeeds or fails in life?

There are indeed, many cycles one could nominate, by way of which we can set the benchmark of either superior or sub-standard. Amongst the well known cycles are hours, days, weeks, months and years. Many concerned with the passage of time, and their existence on this planet, become obsessed with their "AGE" and "how OLD" they are – often to the detriment of just enjoying life itself.

But, let us move away from the conventional perspective of the passage of time and with it the well-known cycles. One which may, in certain quarters, be considered as being somewhat esoteric in nature: the 7 Year Cycle, consecutively marking the ages of man at birth, 7,14,21 and so on to ultimate extinction.

The 7 year cycle becomes particularly interesting when observing behaviour, and indeed can therefore be considered to be a benchmark of certain observable behaviours and traits.

Rudolph Steiner (http://www.openwaldorf.com/academics.html) renowned for his Waldorf Schools, has demarcated the first 3 cycles as follows:

Waldorf

Although some aspects of this analysis can be debated, it is particularly interesting that he has concluded that attention to care in child development in this 21 year period is paramount, if not critical. The most powerful observation comes from the period between the ages of 7 and 14, where "reading is OK" – i.e. it should be encouraged, and that "handwriting strengthens the etheric body" – which I interpret, to suit my perspective, as being it's ability to discipline the mind. After all, it is true, is it not, that all handwriting is brain writing?

The first 7 years of life – or the first 2555 days

In certain quarters, it has been postulated that a child during this cycle of development can be so heavily influenced psychologically, that it would impact on the rest of their life behaviour. The attainment of the age of 7 is therefore known as the "Age of reason" an age which he or she is then able to make independent decisions without undue influence.

The second 7 years of life (14 -21)

However, the 7 year (2555 days) period that I would like to focus on for now, is that from age 14-21, when puberty, with all its glandular implications, and therefore behaviour hits with full force.

Because it can be such a challenging and difficult time, this phase or cycle which has been well documented as the "teen years" is a period of intense growth, not only physically but morally and intellectually, so it is understandable that it's a time of confusion and upheaval for many families.

Here it is particularly interesting to note, especially for this age group, that the Waldorf School System pays strong attention to the study of the following subjects: Mathematics, Art, and Science, with a lesser emphasis on reading, writing, language and history.

In many countries across the globe, the profession of teaching has been allowed to degenerate into a shambles, and concomitant with that has been an abysmal performance in the sciences – notably maths and science. I regret to say that the impact of this decline in standards, notably in my own country, and openly admitted to by the authorities is now taking its toll in the job market.

However, my dissertation here is not aimed at denigrating the problem, but rather directed at an attempt at finding viable, cost-effective, universal solutions for solving the world-wide education dilemma.

There are MANY possible solutions, but my view is that perhaps, just perhaps, The Khan Academy (www.khanacademy.org) with the abundant FREE library for Maths, Science, Physics and Chemistry (and many others) is one of the few to come even close to a viable solution for the entire globe. But the BOTTOM line, certainly in the 3rd World, is that we urgently need affordable High Speed Internet – and free if possible.

Finally – the significance of the cycle or period of 2555 days (7 years) should not be ignored. Where people in the rush and exuberance of youth, may have "missed the boat" in the most critical period, between 14 and 21, there is always a chance to recover in the next cycle. HOWEVER, it must be borne in mind that, as each cycle passes, it becomes increasingly more difficult to set the benchmark for a productive, effective and rewarding future. The hills become harder to climb, and the task ever-daunting. The message for Teens – NEVER leave it too late – life will come back to bite you in the backside some day. That is the Law of the the Universe. So take heed.

Images by courtesy of: Stock.xchnge

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Comments (12)

Very interesting! Well written. Voted.

Interesting . . .

Interesting and exceptional piece Colin.

Many thanks for your valued and motivating comments and support - makes it all worthwhile!

Very interesting and clearly written.

Interesting and I think you only scratched the surface of this deep subject...

This is cool and fun...

Wow...fascinating! Thanks for sharing. Voted

Thanks Donata - MUCH appreciated!

Thanks P. Guims!

Thanks for your input Beverley - you are correct - there IS much more to follow

Sandy - Many thanks for your valued input!

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