The wisdom of Margaret Mead.
Controversial academic, women’s rights activist and one of the world’s best-known anthropologists, Dr. Margaret Mead‘s reports and attitudes on sex in South Pacific and SE Asian cultures informed the 1960s’ sexual revolution in the West.
- “It is an open question whether any behavior based on fear of eternal punishment can be regarded as ethical or should be regarded as merely cowardly.”
- “It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary to put all the play and learning into childhood, all the work into middle age, and all the regrets into old age.”
- “It may be necessary temporarily to accept a lesser evil, but one must never label a necessary evil as good.”
- “Life in the twentieth century is like a parachute jump: you have to get it right the first time.”
- “Man’s role is uncertain, undefined, and perhaps unnecessary.”
- “Many societies have educated their male children on the simple device of teaching them not to be women.
- “Nobody has ever before asked the nuclear family to live all by itself in a box the way we do. With no relatives, no support, we’ve put it in an impossible situation.”
- “One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night.”
- “Our humanity rests upon a series of learned behaviors, woven together into patterns that are infinitely fragile and never directly inherited.”
- “Prayer does not use up artificial energy, doesn’t burn up any fossil fuel, doesn’t pollute. Neither does song, neither does love, neither does the dance. “
- “Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship.”
- “Sooner or later I’m going to die, but I’m not going to retire.”
- “Thanks to television, for the first time the young are seeing history made before it is censored by their elders.”
- “The pains of childbirth were altogether different from the enveloping effects of other kinds of pain. These were pains one could follow with one’s mind.”
- “The solution to adult problems tomorrow depends on large measure upon how our children grow up today.”
- “The way to do fieldwork is never to come up for air until it is all over.”
- “We are now at a point where we must educate our children in what no one knew yesterday, and prepare our schools for what no one knows yet.”
- “We have nowhere else to go… this is all we have.”
- “We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment.”
- “What people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things.”
- “Women want mediocre men, and men are working to be as mediocre as possible.”
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