"It is not so much the universe at large as the family as the first universe you know."
Well put, and a fact. As the universe you -can- know.
Any attempt to know the universe as a whole, whether conveniently packed into an abstract 'social matrix' or not, will be futile for a 5 year old.
And as for social norm, wasn't he the fat guy forever planted on the end of the bar on 'Cheers?'
Our kids reach about 5 and then we send them off to the locally packaged social matrix to take their education. And by 4, they are largely who they are going to be their whole life, minus some skills and card tricks. Their values, their sense of right and wrong, their assessment of this existence they suddenly found themselves in, uninvited.
Luke is right, in that folks must, but I'm not sure that translates into folks do. And a -part- of the reason is, they are politically courted to believe that responsibility for outcomes lies externally, like, packaged up in some far off abstract social matrix. As in, when 'we' finally tweak in that social matrix, this whole business of constructing citizens against their will or interest or involvement or responsibility will finally become the well oiled machine that only others can achieve for us. When that unsinkable Titanic is finally constructed, then the transition from K-12 to the endless Thirteenth Grade of Life will be a reality, plus the odd concentration camp.
As opposed to the following alternative to scientific statism, a simple lecture on the way to Kindergarten. "Did you eat your breakfast? Need to do that every day. You know that school whose windows we've been gazing into all summer, looking at all the cool thing inside waiting for you? Well, remember, when you show up, it's not enough just to sit in your seat and do what you are told. You must do at least that, but it is not enough. You must reach up out of your seat and grab your own education by the throat, as if your life depends on it, because it does. It's ok to have all the fun you want learning stuff while you are doing all that, but that is job #1. Your education is your responsibility, don't let me down."
Thank-you, Dad. Not only for that speech, but for taking on the meat eating totalitarians in WWII.