CLCP (Community Life Competence Process) - a Self-Help Process, like the Baby Monkey with its Mother

Yesterday, I attended a social meeting where a pastor spoke about the importance and essence of relationships in the family, with each other and with God. He said it is our responsibility to tap and develop relationships and not wait for it to happen. In this context, he compared the idea with how the young in animals are taken care of by their mothers.

In the case of cats, the young is carried by the mother with its teeth gripping on to the skin of the young. The young stays suspended. It is the mother’s responsibility to carry the young.

In the case of monkeys, the young clings to its mother. In this case, it is the responsibility of the young to take the support of the mother who is there for its protection and care.

It struck me – the monkey’s style of care is what is encouraged in CLCP (Community Life Competence Process). To me, this comparison brings out the essence of CLCP – encouraging self-help, tapping/utilising the available support when needed.

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Comment by Jean-Louis Lamboray on January 13, 2013 at 5:39pm

Many thanks Susan,

A very useful image indeed

JL

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