Category Archives: Raising people

Ideas that add up #226

There is one, and only one solution, and we have almost no time to try it. We must turn all our resources to repairing the natural world, and train all our young people to help. They want to; we need … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #223

I use that phrase, you know, “I was the girl who wanted to learn” because that’s what I kept being told while I was at school. I kept being told that I would do well anyway, like I didn’t need … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #198

Such [ultrasocial] traits emerge so early in our lives that they appear to be innate. By the age of 14 months, children begin to help each other, for example by handing over objects another child can’t reach. By the time they … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #152

My Grandmother was born during that era. And she just gave me this way of looking at this world through a different lens, and she had this way of engaging us, and she would give me these hugs, and she’d … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #136

“The idea that this is ‘my child’ or ‘your child’ does not exist [among the Yequana, of South America]. Deciding what another person should do, no matter what his age, is outside the Yequana vocabulary of behaviors. There is great … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #135

Social play — that is, play involving more than one player — is necessarily egalitarian. It always requires a suspension of aggression and dominance along with a heightened sensitivity to the needs and desires of the other players. Players may … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #117

My name is Roy Sesana; I am a Gana Bushman from the Kalahari, in what is now called Botswana. In my language, my name is ‘Tobee’ and our land is ‘Tamm’. We have been there longer than any people have … Continue reading

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