NOTE: This post and all future posts are draft sections of my upcoming book titled “Tribal Teaching: Rewild Your Students and Yourself”. Any and all feedback (probing questions, need for additional explanations and cutting critiques) are welcomed! And, all illustrations are my own.
As upright mammals, all of our fighting implements – fists, feet, nails, and teeth – are to the fore. Our back and sides, unarmored and unprotected, remain exposed and vulnerable during combat. However, aligned side-by-side, friendly warriors, barring those on the line’s very ends, can protect each other’s flanks and rear. When one warrior fights, holds her position in line, those around her can focus their effort on striking out at the opponent. Without having to fight any harder, by simply fighting together, every warrior is more effective.
The line is a feature of warfare in all its forms and epochs. However, its length, shape, continuity, the distance between neighboring warriors, or the number echeloned are relatively un-important characteristics. These geometrical dimensions have varied across societies, through time, and even throughout the duration of a single engagement. The key characteristic of a line is its perceived permanence. Does a warrior believe the line will hold?
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A world without poverty has been predicted to arrive by 2035. This is a cause for celebration. However, is it also a cause for consternation?
A lot of us need poor people. Here are just a few of the ways:
o Without someone to ladle soup for, how will we teach our children about gratitude?
o Without a family to adopt during the holidays, how will we assuage our guilt for having it so good?
o Without community service opportunities, how will teenagers pad their college applications?
Read more “What Will We do When there are No More Poor People?”