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                        Technology and Human Responsibility
    
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    Issue #117     A Publication of The Nature Institute      February 1, 2001
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                Editor:  Stephen L. Talbott (stevet@netfuture.org)
    
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    CONTENTS
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    On Forgetting to Wear Boots (Stephen L. Talbott)
       Sometimes we need help from the least capable
    
    DEPARTMENTS
    
    Correspondence
       NetFuture Gives Me Hope (Johan Eriksson)
       How Important Is Animal Suffering? (Phil Walsh)
       Do We Need Less Modesty -- or More Self-understanding? (Van Wishard)
       As Gods, We Are Powerless and Confused (Michael Goldhaber)
       Response to Goldhaber and Wishard (Kevin Kelly)
       John Gage, Computers, and Malaria (Ed Arnold)
    
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                           ON FORGETTING TO WEAR BOOTS
    
                                Stephen L. Talbott
                              (stevet@netfuture.org)
    
    
    "I have no doubt that Camphill is an expression of a
    great intuitive thrust out of the deep heart of nature
    which has us in its keeping and knows that both we and it
    are in mortal peril".  (Sir Laurens van der Post)
    
    
    Whenever friends visit Phyllis and me, one of our favorite places to take
    them is the nearby Camphill Village in Copake, New York.  The village is
    part of a thriving, worldwide movement for the care of people with special
    needs.  You will find here villagers with Down Syndrome and a great
    variety of other mental handicaps -- all pursuing their lives in a
    beautiful, restful, productive, socially supportive, and artistically rich
    setting.  If there is a place that can bring healing to a high-tech
    society, surely this is it.
    
    
    Dignity and Laughter
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    One of the first things likely to strike you about most any Camphill
    community (there are more than ninety of them worldwide, from Ireland to
    Botswana to India) is the beauty and craftsmanship evident in the
    buildings and their furnishings.  Much of the craft work issues from shops
    where the villagers are employed -- there are facilities for weaving,
    pottery-making, woodworking, candle-dripping, bookbinding, and jewelry-
    making, as well as dairies, bakeries, and gardens.  At Camphill Copake a
    seed-saving venture has recently gotten under way, together with an herb
    garden and a laboratory for the preparation of herbal remedies and salves.
    There is plenty of healthy and fulfilling work to satisfy the villagers'
    strong need to contribute something worthwhile to society.
    
    Camphill villages spring from the same roots as Waldorf education, and
    they share the Waldorf emphasis upon an artistically shaped life.  This
    emphasis extends from the long, beautifully car