Teach a Man to Fish

Photo by Mirka Naldi

You have heard it said:
“Give a hungry man a fish and he will be hungry again in a few hours; teach a man to fish and he can feed himself forever.”
But it is more complicated than that. You also have to ask:
Who owns the pond?
Why do fishing licenses cost so much?
Who polluted the pond?
How much are fishing profits taxed?
Does anyone regulate pond use?
Who rents the dock space?
What social stereotypes are associated with fishing?
What cultural assumptions are implicit in the act of fishing?
How are the vested interests of the cottagers, shipping industry and local real estate going to react?
The develop of a self-sustaining fishing micro-industry requires much more than skills in catching fish, it is about systemic changes and the synthesis of awareness at every level of society.

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