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I was just talking about this. ・・・
It takes a village...
"It may be hard for people who have lived all their life in the west to regard everything they own as belonging to the whole Community, but this is the case in the village. As a result, each person in the village contributes to the well-being of others.
When you have a child for instance, it's not just your child, it's the child of the community. From birth onward the mother is not the only one who is responsible for a child. Anybody else can feed and nurture the child if another woman has a baby she can breastfeed any child. And it's perfectly alright...." ▫
"Because we are human beings, we are restricted as to what we can do or give. So in raising children we definitely need the support of other people. It's like we say in the village: "it takes a whole village to raise a child." It's also true to say, "it takes a whole village to keep parents sane." When couples have children without a community to support them, they don't have much time to work out whatever is going on between themselves. And so things pile up, and when their children are gone, they suddenly realized that there is this mountain of things that has not been dealt with for years. And so they start to dig in and when they cannot resolve their problems-you know what people do. They leave without even saying goodbye. A lot of people divorce after their children leave home; I think the absence of community support in child-rearing is one of the main causes."
~Sobonfu Some, The Spirit of Intimacy
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