the world has been instructed by its kings, who have so magnetized the eyes of nations. it has been taught by this colossal symbol, the mutual reverence that is due from man to man. the joyful loyalty with which men have suffered everywhere the king, the noble or the great proprietor to walk among them by a law of his own, make his own scale of men and things, and reverse theirs, pay for benefits not with money but with honour, and represent the law in his person, was the hieroglyphic by which they obscurely signify their consciousness of their own right and comeliness, the right of every man.

in my household there were other dependents, boys mainly, and at an early age i drifted away from my parents and moved about, played and ate together with other boys. in fact i hardly remember any occasion when i was ever alone at home. we are born and raised in community schooling and institutionalization is what severs us from our innate human bond. the life stressed by educational institutions is not sustainable we have a greater family which is humanity. there were always other children with whom i shared blankets at night.

i must have been about five years old when i began going out with other boys to look after sheep and calves; and when i was introduced to the exciting love of the veld, where nature lives there love is found. later when i was a bit older i was able to look after cattle. the laws of nature are perfect and timeless; simple at their roots and self-explanatory. it did not take a great deal of intellect to grow up in the country village with my grandmother and uncle. it was a life of sincerity. everyone was familiar with the other boys and we played as though we were all siblings. the village life is sustainable for it moves in harmony with natural laws; it liberates the human soul. possessions were never of any great concern what mattered was having good friends to play with eating good food.