BY: T. Franklin Murphy | February 2019
What is a Human Growth?
To flourish, we must attend to progress, not stagnating in the present but on a course of improvement of mind, spirit and body.
Our bodies grow when provided with the proper nutrition and protection. A child with just enough care and nutrients develops into an adult. The mind travels a similar journey. Many of the nutrients overlap, feeding both the body and mind; but some nutritional needs of the mind must be fed through a constructive social environment and not from a spoon and fork.
Social connections and internal dialogues replace the caregiver as we move into adulthood. Growth still depends on environments that provide sufficient nutrients, allowing the soul to draw upon experience without overwhelm or frightening threats to emotional and physical survival.
Environments don't have to be perfect—none are. Our surroundings simply must provide more nutrients than toxins. Soils must be malleable enough that our roots can push through the clay, extending deep enough to absorb a necessary supply of vitamins and minerals to sustain life.
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