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The current of strength comes from the earth and other elements that include wind, rain, and sun. The constituents of this life current are found in some inert materials as well, such as carbon, which is a reservoir of strength accumulated in the past. Humans do not create these sources of strength, nor do they create strength itself. They secure, transform, and remake it; they are conveyors but not creators of strength. As the people say, their work “helps compose” it. They put it together in ways that can be used by themselves and others.

Practices, words, and values were so similar that one could use the findings from one country in the other. org/core. org/core/terms. 002 Models our time in Colombia exploring this type of economy from the north to the south of the Andean range. Models Economists rightly take pride in the simplicity and robustness of their models. If elegance and coherence are the watchwords if not the keys to their persuasiveness, the people’s models in Colombia and Panama should also impress economists, because they are coherent, imaginative, and workable.

Org/core/terms. 002 The Strength of the House economies on the margin participate in markets and lose their foundation and local connections, as I shall explain in subsequent chapters. Sometimes the current of vitality is used up in a festivity and not turned to work. In addition to everyday hospitality expressed through offering coffee, occasionally a house will host a celebratory ritual, such as a baptism or marriage. Food and drink are served, and a stringed instrument may be hired. The strength of the house is shared with others.

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