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It can seem natural to want to be the center of things. As children, if we are taught to be self-centered, we become the center of the universe and god takes on a human form. When god takes on a human form in a male dominated society, he is indeed a terrible god. He is a god who gives you dominion over the earth and helps you slay your enemies. He is a god of right and wrong, who hates those whom you hate. He is a god who knows no limits to hate and prejudice in the name of love. With a god like that it's easy to become separated from the natural world.


When I was 29 years old, I came to the conclusion that, unlike all the other animals, we were not given an internal manual by which to live. I did maintain some belief in nature, the physical appearance of our individual aspect. But more importantly, I accepted a strong dose of nurturing. We could be anything we wanted to be. It just had to be nurtured.

When I was 50, I realized that was not quite true. We were given an extremely complex and wonderful manual. It is the phases of childhood development.

Understanding is not an answer, it's a journey.

We began this journey a long time ago from the ancient plains of Africa, and from a once-fertile Middle East, from the frozen expanses of Northern Europe to lush tropics of Asia. We are all of these places.

Because we are not looking, we see only the most obvious.

The stages, we define, may be looked at as the chapter headings of our manual. Everyday may be a page. Each chapter offers a topic—the shy stage, the independent stage, etc. Each day is a manifestation of an aspect of that behavior. As each page is offered, it is either accepted or rejected or parts of it are accepted or rejected. A child's total environment is involved in those choices. If a page is discouraged, it’s discarded and an adaptation is developed.

Of course, within all of this, there is biological diversity and some desire for self-preservation. Diversity causes the perspective from which each child experiences the world. I believe that there are two basic personality types—linear and nonlinear.

Nature is frugal. It doesn’t like waste. If the combination of two offers an amazing possibility for variety, then why use three? Just consider the diversity which a man and a woman have offered. All over the world, each offspring of a couple is unique

Our individual possibilities are developed by a total environmental response to each page in our childhood phases. If your society values selfless concern for the good of the community, but you live in a challenging environment (poverty), adaptations will develop in that direction.

It can seem natural to want to be the center of things. As children, if we are taught to be self-centered, we become the center of the universe and god takes on a human form. When god takes on a human form in a male dominated society, he is indeed a terrible god. He is a god who gives you dominion over the earth and helps you slay your enemies. He is a god of right and wrong, who hates those whom you hate. He is a god who knows no limits to hate and prejudice in the name of love. With a god like that it's easy to become separated from the natural world.

When I was 29 years old, I came to the conclusion that, unlike all the other animals, we were not given an internal manual by which to live. I did maintain some belief in nature, the physical appearance of our individual aspect. But more importantly, I accepted a strong dose of nurturing. We could be anything we wanted to be. It just had to be nurtured. When I was 50, I realized that was not quite true. We were given an extremely complex and wonderful manual. It is the phases of childhood development.