Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Protect the adult, save the child

In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy.
- Ivan Illich, priest (1926-2002)

And you thought slavery had been abolished. These are people whose minds have been enslaved. They were enslaved because they could not cope with the stress and downturns in their lives, thus turned to addictions to relieve their stress temporarily, or they could not cope with the assaults of advertisers who make them believe that they are not good enough unless they have certain products.

This kind of slavery can be abolished only by teaching children the skills and knowledge they need before they face the problems of adulthood.

A well protected adult was taught how to protect himself as a child.

Bill Allin
Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems

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