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The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives. source: Teton Sioux Proverb image: Eddie Two Hawks, Image Collection, The Frog

The local is important in how we live life and experience our environments. Sometimes, we look at the world and it seems larger than the world we experience, as it most immediately. We can never fully know the world, but we can know most the world we live in most immediately. It is imperative to not spoil that world. When each community fulfills its ethical and practical role, this overlaps others’ roles, feeding the whole.

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About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

5 responses »

  1. I love this sentiment, it starts in a small microcosm and expands and we can make a difference when we think more like this. We are all capable of bringing about positive change.

  2. First we must heal the community within ourselves., then work in the external.

    Matthieu Ricard documents that happiness is not attainable if suffering is everywhere around us. Happiness is not an egocentric pursuit. Happiness is connected to all around us.

    Altruism for self then for community then for the world is the sequence.

    • John Dewey suggested that life is a meta-vocation and our self-interests leads us in callings that satisfies many other callings. When mindful of the world, including ourselves, mind becomes a verb. We appreciate, love, and care for all that means.


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