Infectious diseases like measles, small pox, tuberculosis, syphilis, malaria, cholera & plague were all unheard of until we traded our nomadic lifestyle for farming. So where did they come from? From our new domesticated pets - or more specifically, their microbes.
I was saddened when he noted later on that "education has become something to endure." The truth of this has been brought home to me constantly over the past decade as the boys finished their school years. They have no inspirational stories to tell about their school days, like Mr Books and I both do. They have plenty of tales about what they got up to with their friends during the breaks, but nothing about what they learnt. All they ever wanted to know was what they would need to pass their exams to get them out of there. How did education become such a dull, routine thing?
Bregman finished with his very own 10 rules to live by (everyone seems to be doing it lately!)
- when in doubt assume the best
- think in win-win scenarios
- ask more questions
- temper your empathy, train your compassion
- try to understand the other, even if you don't understand where they're coming from
- love you own as others love their own
- avoid the news
- don't punch Nazis
- come out of the closet: don't be ashamed to do good
- be realistic
- Translated by Elizabeth Manton and Erica Moore.
- Bregman was born the year I finished my Diploma of Education (1988).
- Author of Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World (2016).