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In 1968 I discovered by chance THE I CHING. It teaches that we do not learn in classrooms. It teaches life is a seamless web. In 1968 I met and became friends for life with Jane Jacobs who, in a GLOBE AND MAIL interview, stated, “I had wonderful teachers in the first and second grades who taught me everything I know. After that, I’m afraid, the teachers were nice, but they were dopes…I have a lack of ideology, and not because I have an animus against any particular ideology; it’s just that they don’t make sense to me…they get in the way of thinking. I don’t see what use they are…University and uniformity, as ideals, have subtly influenced how people thought about education, politics, economics, government, everything…We are misled by universities and other intellectual institutions to believe that there are separate fields of knowledge. But it’s clear there are no separate fields of knowledge. It is a seamless web.” That same year, 1968, I became friends for life with Judith Merril, whom J.G. Ballard described as “the strongest woman in a genre created by weak and ineffectual men.” That she was. Through Judy I met Peter Turner who would one day serve as President of newly opened Rochdale College,. Judy said, “You belong at Rochdale.” Many in Rochdale did not agree. Some still don’t.At Rochdale in 1968 I dropped acid for the first time. 1968 was one helluva year for me–Reg Hartt

 

 

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