“Sorry to repeat myself, but: a rationalistic, Eurocentric, post-Enlightenment individual “rights” framework for adult-child relationships is NOT the antidote to the Eurocentric authoritarian framework.
We need to get out of that box, not just to the opposite side of it.
Those of us born or indoctrinated into the Eurocentric model have to slowly stumble our way to something better. You can’t just intellectualize it. It’s slow, detailed culture-building work, full of pitfalls & unforeseen consequences. It requires humility & constant adjustment.
That doesn’t mean you can’t walk out of existing systems now. You can start now. But do it knowing that the trail is not clear, that you will make mistakes, that you don’t have all the answers, and that you can’t rely on some rationalistic abstract principle to guide you.
It’s like trying to restore a damaged ecosystem to health when you don’t really know what was there before. The complexity is beyond your ability to comprehend. There are a few basic processes you can see, but what you don’t know always outweighs what you do know.”
“Sycamore leaves never turn red. They usually go a blotchy green-yellow. This sample is also adorned with black spots; rather than a consequence of autrumn colour changes, this is actually a fungus that becomes an increasingly common sight. Although it doesn’t look so nice, and the trees probably aren’t too happy about it, spotting this is actually a positive sign. The fungus can only flourish in very clean air, so it’s a great environmental indicator for air quality.”