“For the world to be interesting, you have to be manipulating it all the time.”
— Brian Eno
The opposite of ‘Indian giver’ would be something like ‘white man keeper’ (or maybe ‘capitalist’), that is, a person whose instinct is to remove property from circulation.
“A baby does not react to failure as an adult does, or even a five-year-old, because she has not yet been made to feel that failure is shame, disgrace, a crime. Unlike her elders, she is not concerned with protecting herself against everything that is not easy and familiar; she reaches out to experience, she embraces life.
Watching this baby, it is hard to credit the popular notion that without outside rewards and penalties children will not learn. There are some rewards and penalties in her life; the adults approve of some things she does, and disapprove of others. But most of the time she lives beyond praise of blame, if only because most of her learning experiences are unobserved. After all, who thinks about the meaning of what a baby is doing, so long as she is quiet and contented? But watch a while and think about it, and you see that she has a strong desire to make sense of the world around her. Her learning gives her great satisfaction, whether anyone notices it or not.”
♡ John Holt, How Children Fail
"What draws me very much to writing is it is a way of paying attention to the world. You're just an instrument for tuning in to as much reality as you can."
“Time exists in order that everything doesn’t happen all at once…
and space exists so that it doesn’t all happen to you.”
— Susan Sontag