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Village raises a Child


It takes a village to raise a kid.”

 I am sure your ears are well versed with this proverb of African Origin. Of course it does not imply that the whole village takes turns in looking after the kid. It simply means that the village or the community interacts with the children to create a sense of happiness and safety. Hmm… Appreciable!! But something that we mostly overlook is the fact that no one has described how the village raises a kid. What impacts the child will suffer. I would say this is an incomplete proverb and it opens window to several questions. At least in my thoughts.

 Is it enough that the young hit the bed at night and rise in the morning?

Is it Ok for them to lead a mundane life that is autonomous?

Does this indicate that they are liable to follow the norms made by someone aeons ago?

Why not? When the village is raising the child, why not impose the rules on the child?

But what about those ones who dare to question?

What about the curious minds that constantly seek answers?

Also there should be some iron hearts who shows fortitude even when they are frazzled?. What about them?

I am sure and I can vouch my life that the same village that raised the kid would leave them high and dry!!

I know there are pros for the saying and man being the social animal.
This is just another thought from my side and is open to all healthy criticism.


As a response to
Mindlove Misery’s Menagerie – Dare
3TC Challenge from Di – Young, Bed, Curious
FOWC with fandango – Fortitude
Daily Spur – Village
Ragtag Community – Frazzled


4 responses to “Village raises a Child”

  1. Christine Goodnough Avatar

    I think every generation questions, at least to some extent, the wisdom of the elders. Some teachings, we find, are just based on superstition and should be dropped. Other teachings are solid, based on practical life experiences, and worth passing on.

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    1. Nima Mohan Avatar

      Exactly. And I give voice to those few who dared to question and refrained from following the herd !!

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  2. Anushk@ Avatar

    Great article Nima….and thought provoking too.
    And that’s true…not all teachings are good for oneself…many of them are simply a supertitious believes…
    But some sayings and lessons are based on past experiences as well.

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    1. Nima Mohan Avatar

      Sure they are 😊 thank you for the read dear 😊


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