We tend to take for granted how profoundly we rely on others to help us navigate our worlds, including our social worlds. We go for counselling; we lose sleep researching (other people’s research); we lose sleep about big decisions, such as finances and health (mulling over information others put together); we lose sleep worrying about whether we’ve done the right thing, or said the wrong thing (who is judging?); we ask [xxxx] for advice; we gossip about [yyyy] to [xxxx]; we vent to [yyyy] about [xxxx]; we read self-help books (so an author, trained by others, can help us help ourselves), consumer reports, journals, blogs, Facebook, textbooks, news; we choose holiday destinations to places we know something about only because someone else reported on them; your GPS did not program itself; that road sign wasn’t planted there as a seed, and you wouldn’t know what the sign means – you’d have no clue what to do – if not for others knowing what you know about it and knowing that others, too, give uptake to its dictums. (Or don’t give uptake to its dictums. Don’t trust road signs in Italy!)

For a longer read see, The day the Russians nuked my sawmill camp. A survivor’s memoir.

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