|Home imprade. A young man, or woman, would have been apprenticed for between seven and ten years, before going out into the world as a journeyman. At which point they could contribute to their community and provide for a family.
This ancient system continued until the middle of the last century - my own father completed a five year engineering apprenticeship in Coventry in 1936 and was awarded the freedom of the city as a consequence.
Real learning like that has a strong affective component and requires change, not just change like a change of clothes, but change of identity. By the time you have been through a long apprenticeship, you are a different person. A profound change takes place over time.
In a way we are all apprentices: apprenticed to each other, to life, to our ideals. We can learn much from those around us, but nourishing the seeds of love in one another takes time and a commitment to giving.
Posted by Nicholas Moore 11:19:34 am