“... everyone who comes into contact with a child is a teacher who incessantly describes the world to him, until the moment when the child is capable of perceiving the world as it is described. According to Don Juan, we have no memory of that portentous moment, simply because none of us could possibly have had any point of reference to compare it to anything else. From that moment on, however, the child is a member. He knows the description of the world; and his membership becomes full fledged, I suppose, when he is capable of making all the proper perceptual interpretations which, by conforming to that description, validate it ...”
Carlos Castaneda

Journey to Ixtlan

Debt Collectors Cashing In on Student Loans

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This article is not a very interesting read but this paragraph captures so much in so few words:

“With an outstanding balance of more than $1 trillion, student loans have become a silver lining for the debt collection industry at a time when its once-thriving business of credit card collection has diminished and the unemployment rate has made collection a challenge.”

Has modern-day-western-society really become so self-defeating? It seems to me that ideas like society or community are now empty shells … on the upside … this is an opportunity to refill them with new and better ideas and contexts.

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