10. Cognition and Agency
The R Word

“As a society, we have become diffident of being individually effective. We hide behind the comforting belief that the task is beyond us, that one individual cannot make a significant difference. We are afraid when others show care, when they stand up for something valuable. We mistake homogeny for efficiency and force our services to lose the brilliant contribution of those who are kind. The committed individual is perceived as too involved, as if feeling is somehow an indicator of incompetence.

Our structures are failing children because we’re scared of love. The simplest solutions sometimes evade so many of us because we look for expertise greater than our loving intuition.” Camila Batmanghelidjh, 2006

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