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Man and ChildChildren and Nature A Statement of Philosophy
Building a Foundation for Compassionate Intelligence

Compassionate Intelligence is that intelligence which has the well-being of all life as its guiding principle.

In order to establish a foundation for a compassionate intelligence, the child must bond, first with the basic family and then with the Earth.

The successful transition from family as the primary source of security and learning to Earth as a place of security and learning requires many positive, emotional connections to the natural world. These connections are made in the child's first seven years.

The team has produced a packet of Support Materials that form the basis of the course. It's available for $10.

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In every culture, all children at about seven years of age begin the process of individuation-extending their ties of affection, loyalty and learning beyond the family. If the culture has the respect and love of the natural world as one of its top priorities, bonding with the Earth will take place naturally. But ready or not, children will bond to something outside the family: if not to the natural world, then they will bond to the prevailing culture and gradually lose their sense of belonging to something wild and wonderful.

We need to work together to change the prevailing culture, so that all institutions-home, school, religious, government and business-reinforce the child's need to bond successfully with family and Earth. And we have to learn how to do it in an urban society.

"Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." —Albert Einstein

Read the article "Building a Foundation for Compassionate Intelligence" by Diane Gordon (Originally printed in Timeline Magazine)

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