It is interesting that a sense of belonging is seen as a primary condition for the growth of a healthy person. The drive for belonging begins at the mother's breast. Indeed, as the old Harlow experiments revealed, monkeys that were fed from soft terry cloth mothers were less neurotic than those that were fed by wire meshed mothers. Our industrial world that has been destroying this planet is a reflection of the wire meshed mother's. The neuroticisms we have that manifest in everything from drug and alcohol addition to shop-till-you-drop behaviors are all the results of our being raised on a wire meshed mother that is non-responsive to its baby's needs.
We must encourage a new mother, one that is more than having a terry cloth over top a cage....but one that is a living and breathing mother. We must do this in how we parent our children while realizing the Earth Herself is also a Mother. Indeed, as complexity theory predicts, the health of the part is instrumental to the health of the whole.
To save the world, and to save our children from further deterioration, we must first start at home, with and within ourselves. In that personal change, we will become instrumental to the change that will foster a healthy world.
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Wells, Jennifer, Complexity and Sustainablity Routledge, New York, NY 10017
Talbot, Michael, The Holographic Universe, HarperCollins Publishers, New York, NY 1991