Previously on "Describing Color to a Blind Man"
You had just been given the opportunity of a lifetime: making 1 million dollars. The only catch was to describe what colors are to a blind man. You had been preparing for this moment, but the night before the conversation with the blind man would take place, you couldn't sleep. You accidentally took a caffeine pill instead of a sleeping one and it cost you a majority of your sleeping time. To make matters worse you hit heavy traffic the next morning and bumped into the blind man you were to persuade on the elevator ride up to work.
You begin to grab at your necktie as you finish wiping your sweaty palms off the leather armrest. Before you could even muster a word, the blind gentleman begins to speak.
With a calm, yet slightly rushed slur of speech he utters, "It would seem, Mr. Charlington, that I have already met your most successful and prestigious student here at the Charlington School of Conversations."
With a look of calmness on his face Charlington replies, "I see. So how was he? He didn't scare you, Mr. Taringway, or anything right? It would be a shame as I would need to expel him if he did."
"No no no no. No. Not at all." Taringway quickly replied. "I was actually quite surprised. He did seem in a hurry and all, but I did not expect to meet him so soon."
As your boss and now the identified, Taringway continued to talk you began to relax a bit more. You knew that your position was safe and that even if you did manage to screw up the million dollar deal, you would still remain at the school. Yes, this place is indeed a school because in this world, work and school are used interchangeably. You learn at work, carry out tasks, prove your worth and then get paid. Think of it as a combination of the two institutions. Instead of having to wait 20+ of your years drowning in debt and pursuing a degree you may not even be so sure of, only to graduate and start doing something completely different from your intended studies, in a world like this, the value of money is known since childbirth. Or at least, when the child can learn to speak.
Therefore, before we continue with the fated conversation between you (Dante), Charlington and Taringway I will delve into the lore and history of this world a little more for the readers who do not know. From now on I will refer to the previously used "you" as Dante (the main character in this story arc) and use "you" to refer to the readers.This world is known as Htrea (Huh-Tray-Ah). It can be said that this world is the complete opposite of the place we live in, Earth. In Htrea, society isn't much more technologically advanced than our own world here. As a matter of fact, most physical items remain the exact same to our world. The biggest difference between our world and Htrea is the core values people hold to their heart.
In Htrea, people are raised on the idea of learning and knowledge. "Wait a minute you might say. Aren't people on Earth raised to read, write and go to school?" True. Everything you just said is true, but let me finish. People are raised on the idea of learning and knowledge through the incentive of money. You can also argue that introducing money to children at such a small age might give them the notion of greed as well. However, I argue aren't there just as many if not more greedy people today than in the past? The way people in Htrea raise their children on money is done so carefully and meticulously, so as to prevent the idea of greed from tainting the children's hearts. Every now and then, I must admit, some children do end up growing up as the spawn of greed.
The majority of children are raised who do not grow up to be greedy humans go through a similar introduction of money. At the young age of 4 or 5 or whenever the children can read and write, they made to make money. Money is made through school at first and instead of completing assignments and tests for grades, the children get money. Of course, the higher and better the performance, the more money is given. The max amount of money given is also scaled with age so as to not immediately give children too much at first. Furthermore, tests and assignments aren't the same for all children. Before, they are given anything to do, the children are presented with figurines, toys and replicas of the topics available to them. These toys can range from anything to astronauts to zebras. Depending on what they interact with the most, they will be selected to perform tasks related to that toy they picked. For example, if a child selected an astronaut, they would take courses and perform tasks related to an astronaut. Some of these courses would consist of learning about everything and anything space. The tasks they would learn would be to identify star patterns, build a rocket ship (or its parts) from legos, etc. As you might guess, coursework and task would vary from child to child. However, the one thing we keep consistent in this world of Htrea is that all children will learn English (basic to advanced), Math (basic to advanced depending on the interests of the student), basic history, basic science and another language of choice. All this is kept consistent up until high school graduation. Of course, if a child manages to develop an interest for any of these subjects, they can also request more advanced course work upon it.
Upon graduating high school, there is no college. Everything should have been taught once a child has completed high school. This "college" we speak of in Earth is known as a combination of work and school as previously mentioned with narrative of Dante. You can also call is applied education or college that is actually useful. Either of the names work. If you happen to come up with another name, so be it. I will stick to applied education or AE.There are various AE institutions, one which is called Charlington School of Educations is the very place where Dante resides. It's a place focused on sales and negotiations, emphasizing psychology and cultural values.
On the next episode, we will discuss a bit more about Htrea. From now these episodes will be named Htrea...
Stay tuned for more!