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Do You Feel Emotionally and Physically Safe?

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For all of my adult life, I have been visiting other cultures, countries, and climes to see how they live and what wisdom they have that I can learn from. One of the things I was always curious about was what made them feel safe and protected.

In some indigenous communities, children are raised with numerous “aunties” and uncles, and have strong bonds with them and consider them almost as second and third parents. The aunties and uncles, on their side, feel great responsibility for their nieces and nephews, and offer financial and emotional support to the children and their parents. It is not uncommon to be raised by grandparents and relatives, because parents are overwhelmed, relatives are alone and need someone to live with them, or the grandparents, uncles, and aunties live closer to a school the child attends or a place where the children can find work.

I think that the overarching theme is community. I learned that for many groups around the world, it is possible to feel isolated and unsafe if your beliefs, lifestyle, or sexual identity run afoul of group norms, but absent that,........

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