"His grandmother and I are raising him. I worry about putting him into the public school system. I was a teacher for many years. I’ve seen so much confidence destroyed by the standardized system. Every human is born with natural curiosity. I’ve never seen a child who wasn’t inspired. But once you force someone to do anything, the inspired person is killed. I dropped out of school myself in 7th grade. So I know. I taught a GED course for years, so I’ve seen the end results over and over. I’ve seen so many kids who have complexes and insecurities because they were forced to do something they weren’t ready to do, and then they were blamed when they weren’t able to do it. What we call ‘education’ today is not organic. You can’t take something as complex as the human mind, compartmentalize it, and regiment its development so strictly."
He thought that in the beauty of the world were hid a secret. He thought the world’s heart beat at some terrible cost and that the world’s pain and its beauty moved in a relationship of diverging equity and that in this headlong deficit the blood of multitudes might ultimately be exacted for the vision of a single flower.
This image says so much, but I want to point out a few things in particular:
The large, relatively sparse section in the eastern part of India represents Chota Nagpur, a continental plateau which is home to the Kanha Tiger Reserve. The reserve and its surrounding “buffer zone”, which span 363 sq mi (940 km²) and 412 sq mi (1,067 km²) respectively, are the jungles Kipling saw before writing Jungle Book.
Above that, there is a dark band that follows the Indo-Gangetic Plain along the Ganges. The river itself can be seen, a faint white line through the otherwise dense data points in this lush region.
North of the Ganges and its surrounding plain lies India’s political border with Nepal, and the physical border with the Himalayas. Beyond the natural wall formed by that incredible mountain range we find Tibet, which has the lowest population of any major land division in China, despite being the second largest.
Within India, the blankest region lies in the north west, and is known as the Thar Desert. This vast, arid expanse covers 77,000 sq mi (200,000 km²) along India’s border with Pakistan, and includes The Great Rann of Kutch—the largest salt flat in the world.
n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate…