"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
Edmund Burke/Plato/Leo Tolstoy [all quoted variants of this paraphrase.]

GAIA Radio is our on-line, on-air passion to share our love for stories and music. Enjoy the time listening to some music from GAIA Records signed bands, some film music, or some stories reminding us all of our social history: the story of human life, society and development not found in school books.

For us, education is not about schooling, but, about stories. When we had a visit from a friend she aired her concerns about Home Education citing mathematics and history and subjects she felt would not be properly covered other than in a school. We looked at her in amazement. This is somebody who seemed to be saying, that life of in all aspects derives from school. What would she learn if she simply looked around her and listened to people? History is better coming from the source. From the people who lived through and experienced moments in the past. Sitting-down around the table to share food, company and conversation seems like the best way, for our children, to learn about history. Listening to the real-life stories of their parents, grand-parents and great grand-parents.

One of GAIA's founding members recalled to us, for the website, how his grandmother remembers the Nazi army trooping into Wien. With her elder sister she went around her city putting-up hand-made anti-Nazi posters. These events pre-date the dates that are widely referred to in school text books. A learned friend of ours, until this story was regalled to him, always referred to the dates in the history books as given.

It is no surprise that school places such a part in people's understanding of knowledge. People in the west are told to go to school. Most do so without thinking about alternatives. So, fifteen years later it is no surprise that everyone is thinking the same and steering in the same direction. But, not all cultures have their socieites set-up around these vulnerable years and base their whole being on these imovable 'facts'.

One anthropological mathematician, or archeaological mathematician, was talking once about his experience of different cultures around the world. He spoke of an incident he encountered with an aboriginal society in south America. After explaining the white western idea of arithematic and mathematics he was laughed at by one of the elders. For, in the west we have come to understand, that, 2+2=4. But, this is not the case the world over. It is only the case, within how we in the west have define are the parametres of arithemmatics and mathematics. This does not mean it is correct or the truth. It is only correct and the truth within a society that abides by its law of arithematics and mathematics. In this aboriginal society, 2+2=6. Their arithematics and mathematics were defined within different parametres. Every time you trade a goat (which generally you do with a relative), because it is a relative you are obliged to add an extra goat. So, you go to a cousin and give them 2 male goats for 2 of their female goats. Because they are relatives, they give you the 2 female goats plus 2 more. Hence, 2+2=6.

Now, people will still be ready this and saying, "
yes, but, it is still wrong. numberwise... Addingwise..." But, it is not. Of course it is not. It is only worng because you are thinking with the definitions of what you know as adding-up. But, numbers, letters are products of different definitions. We wouldn't go to Iran and say, that, their language is not correct, becasue they do not use the same objects that we do in the west to create words.

Max Miller once said, after being told that 2+3=5: "
Uh, and I thought it was 4+1!". It is the same principle in some ways. School has a narrow understanding and acceptance of what is allowed. We may all get to the number '5' as the answer, but, they seem too hung-up on how each person got there. Wanting everyone to have followed the same path. But, this is not Home Education. This is not the way of most of the world.

And so, audio history is an opportunity for history to be written by those that were there, in the language that they want, with the definitions and laws that they live by.

Which is why we feel, that, audio history is far more important than written history by historians.