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We weren't the only people in ancient times to recognize the benefits of growing all our food. Among the notable adopters of this meme ["growing all your food is the best way to live"] in the New World were the Maya, the Olmec, the people of Teotihuacán, the Hohokam, the Anasazi, the Aztecs, and the Inca.

Beyond Civilization

Are you able to remember yourself at age five, seven, nine, ten? Do you recall yearning to be allowed to sit in a classroom for six hours a day? No, neither do I. Do you remember where you wanted to be? Or can you imagine where you might have wanted to be? Well, yes, certainly out of doors, not in a school, but . . .

Here, let me imagine a place for you. It's a sort of circus, a collection of acrobats, jugglers, animal trainers, high wire artists, clowns, dancers -- the whole thing, every kind of performer you'd expect to find in a circus. And this place is parked nearby and it's open round the clock and the idea is anyone can walk in and say to any of these performers, "Hey, I'd like to learn how to do that!" and they say, "Well, of course! That's what we're here for!"

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