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Children Abandoned by their Mothers to Die are a Distinct Culture

Children whose mothers abandon them to die, or who knew existentially as infants that this was a real possibility, form a distinct culture within human spiritual and intellectual history — you might almost say a distinct species, except, obviously, they are able to inter-breed with more normal populations.  This is a hidden phenomenon because while other cultures differ in outward appearances — dress, language, customs — the culture of abandoned children must learn all the external symbol systems of the outside culture but uses them in a different way.  Glimpses of the worldview of abandoned children can be seen in Buddhism’s insistence that nothing the world has to offer is worth anything and that the self does not exist.

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3 thoughts on “Children Abandoned by their Mothers to Die are a Distinct Culture

  1. Mikey says:

    I’ll ask my mum whether she was ever thinking of abandoning me. It might not be too late to join this elite.

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