September 20, 2014 3 min to read

Being A Crafty Big Brother Or Sister

Category : A Good Sibling, Uncategorized

I just want to start by saying I’m not completely averse to technology in the least. I think that the advances we’ve made over the past century are incredible and especially in the last twenty five years or so in terms of communication, we’ve made enormous leaps and bounds with advances in all kinds of ways.Having the internet so easily accessible and invaluable in classrooms around the world and in businesses and even on cellular phones is something that only people that are in their twenties can really appreciate. However, I think the young people are probably a bit too spoiled on how easy things are and the concept of instant gratification is just oppressively present in pretty much every area I’ve been to. I’m not very worldly, but I’ve been to both ends of the United States of America and I’ve been to a couple of countries in Eastern Asia, and I can tell you that despite any language, religious or other cultural barriers, the children of any city in any part of any country are probably playing with, or waiting to get, a new cell phone, or the new hot thing on the internet. I think it’s a good time for us to try and get our younger people interested in some of the simpler things that offer a deeper fulfillment than the instant gratification we’ve spoiled ourselves (and the kids) on. Love beads are one of the traditional accessories of hippies. They consist of one or more long strings of beads, frequently handmade, worn about the neck by both genders.

spiderman-beads

For the younger men out there, designing something that’s cool and masculine like a super hero (in this case everyone’s favorite neighborhood Spider Man!) is a good segue to get them interested in beading. © uchiuska.

The idea of trying to conceptualize your own idea and cultivate your own unique sense of creativity is something we should try to offer to all of our little brothers and sisters. I’ve thankfully had less difficulty in getting my little sister interested in arts and crafts, she’s probably going to be a big artist someday actually, but for the little boys out there, I think that’s a different kind of challenge. It’s cool that so many different cultures around the world have had their hand in beading at one point or another. I can understand what the argument would be for many of those young men, “why should I try to create something when there is so much awesome stuff out there that others have made already?” Well those people who created those awesome things for our consumer brains didn’t manage to create them with that attitude!

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I really like this photo just because it shows off how even the difficult and potentially dangerous process of lamp work and glass work beads is not just a boys club, the lines between what is appropriate for one gender or another have been blurred. © Heat Sync Labs.

That’s definitely one aspect of the current global culture I’ve come to really appreciate more than anything. At least in places where there are many people, you will find a great deal more open-mindedness, respect and tolerance for other people and their interests. So don’t be afraid if you have a little sister who wants to do something that boys usually like and wants to melt down some glass into a beautiful pair of beads for jewelry, or if you have a little brother who wants to use beads to create a beautiful artistic design. I think we should all have that healthy understanding and consider that people are just people.

mens-beads-ethiopia

This photo is cool for the boys out there to really understand that beads are okay for men of all ages in all kinds of cultures. If you know someone who is pretty judgmental, see if he’s confident enough to pick on this tough guy from Ethiopia! © Rod Waddington.