Thirty spokes share the wheel’s hub;
It is the center hole that makes it useful.
Shape clay into a vessel;
It is the space within that makes it useful.
Cut doors and windows for a room:
It is the holes which make it useful.
Therefore profit comes from what is there;
Usefulness from what is not there.
It takes a village to raise a child. So many children do not have this village by virtue of the fact that families no longer live in clusters like we did when I grew up on Route 2. I had 2 sets of Grandparents within walking distance; many cousins and aunts and uncles.
My grandchildren do/did not have this; therefore, the community and schools would be the wheel and the center hole would be their immediate family … mother and father only.
What was the space within like for them? What did it mean for them not to have any other family close? They grew up without these elements, as many do, therefore this is the norm for them.
Their view of the world is much broader than mine; the holes cut for them included the world and all the places they traveled throughout their lives; places I will never go; things I will never see. However, they do not know what it means to pick cotton or to hoe corn or to milk a cow, watch a garden grow.
It is time to realize that these days are gone for most. In this realization comes the niggling thought that maybe, just maybe, this could be one of the elements missing; one of the “mental health” issues not studied. Is this part of the problem for the violence we see in today’s world?
There is no village to raise the child.