Composing a Life


Composing a Life (1989)

Mary Catherine Bateson

What happens when children choose a career path noone in their family might have gone down before? A path – like the new passages opening in the Antarctic with melting ice- which may not even have existed during the lifetime of their parents? A Turkish saying captures this well : “You can build a throne for your child, but you cannot build her destiny”. Parents work long years so their children can get a better education than they did, earn more money than they ever could, and in turn, live more comfortably than they did. If they succeed, their children start life one step ahead with many options to compose a life, which their parents never had.

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