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    1.' Harold Puke Puke Hutchins says:

      The buddhist’s have a saying:

      “Nothing is permanent, but that does not stop everyone from desiring that which is unobtainable”

      I read your beautiful words and would find it difficult to not relate to. your discussion is clear and concise. It is an amazing portrait of humanity working at its full potential for the common good. I also recognise them as wise words from an interactionist perspective analysing the situation from the micro. And it is in this that I find challenging. I am Maori, and along with all first nation’s people our traditional understanding of problem solving, analysing and paths of enquiry stem from our overarching worldview that sees the world from the macro to the micro as opposed to seeing the atom giving rise to the universe, we see that the universe gave rise to the atom. Everything exists within a framework, including relationships which as a whole are greater than the sum of their parts. So from my perspective your words are very thoughtful and make up a very integral part of the solution but the issues involved are so, so much more. I say this as a educator who has worked at the coalface of teaching for over 20 years and want to see change. But given what is being asked, who would have the audacity to do that?

      On that note I would like to end by saying that I think that the Buddhists had it right, that it is human nature to keep wanting things even though it seems impossible to have them. But does that mean we should stop? For it is in the struggle against our human nature that we find our humanity and become more patient , tolerant, caring, goal setting, better educators, optimistic and more than the sum of our parts, a bit of what is expected here.

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