And Margaret Mead
Said: "Let There Be
GIVEN the relatively recent appearance of the synergistic family—it is only in the last twenty or thirty years that the Bureau of Census has noticed its existence—we ought to forgive ourselves our lack of a generally acceptable book of etiquette. After all, it is no simple matter for human beings to live together at all, to consider each other's comfort, rights, and safety as family life requires, even in the traditional circumstances of the monogamous family. How then can we, a new cultural form, expect to find among our wedding presents a lavishly bound, hallowed, and indexed Emily Post for Remarriage ?
We have other excuses, too. Even in the bio-family, in whatever form it has appeared on earth, empathetic, compassionate, considerate behavior seems to be a fairly new custom in the evolutionary time scale. It is well within the memory of parents that, in certain hard-pressed societies, survival etiquette re