The Tangled Web II

Soul On Rice

Back when I was still teaching, I’d sometimes tell my students about one of my favorite books, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. I’d read a few excerpts to them and together we’d talk about the ideas presented, consider them, agree or disagree with them. One idea Don Miguel presents at the beginning of his book is what he calls The Domestication of Humans: He writes, 

through this domestication we learn how to live and how to dream…creating our whole belief system…Day by day, at home, at school, at church, and from television, we are told how to live, what kind of behavior is acceptable…Children are domesticated the same way that we domesticate a dog, a cat, or any other animal. (6)

I’d start pointing out those things we had no control over. We didn’t pick our parents. We didn’t pick our names. We didn’t choose the country…

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