I’ve never heard such nonsense in my life. Nobody gets born with a culture or a language or a religion or a tradition. Nobody.

It’s all picked up after birth, and you are saying that seven years is fine, but seventy is not?

What language are you personally writing in? Where did you steal it from? You certainly didn’t invent it yourself.

As human beings, we learn from each other. Ideally, we should be free to choose who we follow, what we create for ourselves. We cannot control who learns from us; we are part of the universe, and our teacher is before us.

We learn and change, and the story of humanity is full of examples of people who died speaking a different language, living in a different land, worshipping different deities, wearing different clothes than they did when they were born. In fact, that would be everybody.

Including you and I. Everything I find in my mind was placed there because I read, or saw, or heard something from someone else, or something else.

As human beings, we are blessed with the ability to pass on our skills and experiences through means outside the body. We have some instinctual behaviour — how to suck for milk, how to cry for attention, how to crawl and walk and run — and we can learn some things from those around us.

But we can also learn from those who are long gone or far away, through books, or recordings, or telephones, or television, or increasingly the internet.

In this age, we as individuals have the greatest possible range of teachers. We can learn from those throughout a great span of time or reach of distance.

And you want to seal bits of that vast common treasure away for reasons that make no sense to me.

Britni

Britni Pepper has always enjoyed telling stories. About people, places and pleasures.

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