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In the classroom

June 5, 2012

The teacher, in his mid forties, was an attractive tall, blond male of Italian descent. He was a psychiatrist who enjoyed teaching Geography. The subject, he said, was ever evolving and teaching teenagers kept him feeling young. He added he was married and had a two-year old son.

After the introduction, he moved to a little History lesson. These were his words, as I remember them: “In the beginning, men were parasites of nature. They ate what they found when they found it. Next, men became partners with nature. They learned to cultivate the land and hoard animals for survival. Then, men learned to exchange time for money – and we all became prostitutes. Make no mistake, I am not talking about anything related to sex but the dynamics of the current economic system.”

Of course there were questions and someone asked if there were alternatives. The teacher said we could try to be partners with nature again or could choose to live in a cave. Once again, I felt I wanted out but was unsure where out would be.

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