Upclimbing all the prehistory of humanization our ancestors selforganized successfully in hordes and later in tribes – the natural community socialization form of our species. Their children selforganized in an own children horde under the protection of the adults and learned there to socialize by instinct and free will, following playfully their curiosity. Therefore they were able to grow up to sovereign and social humans, who were able to think for themselves, feel each other empathically and to develop exactly that free will to collective power, that drove our species upwards to become the crown of terrestrial evolution.
But when humans began to tame each other in the civilization process, they destroyed the old basicdemocratic horde structures and build up the patriarchal family-society with itīs power pyramide (some early cultures developed a matriarchy instead) and submitted their children under the family-education and the following dressage of the current regimen. Since then children donīt grow up any more to free, social beings, who selforganize a communal live of their own choice, but to slaves of the system, who act under remote control of their society and itīs ruling elites. This new type of civilized humans donīt unfold any more their full species-potential, but suffers from severe educational traumata, nonage, egocentrism, civilisation neurosis, replacement needs und collective mass-psychosis, which threaten them collectively with the severe danger of civilization collaps. Thatīs not really human any more, but as inhuman as an agelong system slavery for humans could be.
Parents and pedagogues, who are interested to avoid the submission of their children under an educators will and institutionalized authority, can find in this text a practical manual to found a natural horde-specific children group, in which the children can grow up selforganized by free will and social instincts to sane, responsable basic democrats. Orientation points are ethnological studies of children selforganization in the last nowadays indigenous people (at least if they still maintain their traditional horde or tribe structure), the comparison with the social apes and other species of higher mammals with horde-similar group structure and children group, archeological and historical knowledge about the lifestyle of our ancestors and last, but not least nowadays observations of selforganized children groups in liberate postmodern environments. I as author of this text, refer to my professional knowledge about our ancestorsī socialization as a studied archeologist with topic „hunter/gatherer cultures“. Also I founded a selforganized children group for myself and share here my observations and practical experiences. And I can guarantee, that a selforganized children horde is much better working than the average family life.
In this sense I wish all parents, pedagogues and interested ones, who want to overcome the patriarchy a lot of inspiration and energy.
Freigeist von Lebenskunst
Berlin, July 2013
Basic structure and lifestyle of the children horde
In the natural horde life human children just stay with their mother as babies and need in this time an intimate mother-child-relationship to develop a sane social basic trust. The father normally is not known and doesnīt play a parental role. Instead the mothers selforganize with their babies to a womens group, whose members support each other by caring for the babies, who therefore grow up into a very intimate communal life from the very beginnig of their lives. With their ablactation, when the little children can eat and walk by themselves, they move increasingly away from their mother and join the children horde that stays nearby the mothers group in itīs own sovereign space. So horde children leave with 2-3 years their nest und grow up with other children instead of parents under the protection of the adults. The children selforganize in mixed ages from ablactation up to beginning puberty. The little children are seeking consolation and advice from the older ones, who are challenged therefore to unfold their instinctive abilities of caring love and social responsability, which means to play a parental-like role from childhood on. The older ones also are orientated towards the adults of the horde, whose behaviour and culture they imitate playfully and convey it to the smaller children in a child-appropriate language. Children of the same age tend to be competitive, because they can match and strengthen their equal powers and abilities with each other. The older children then play a role as a mediator in cases of confliction. The adults donīt try to influence the children by educating them, but show them the basic behavioural borders, which are important for the survival of the horde (for example not to destroy food) and besides provide them unconditionally with shelter, food and cultural patterns, trusting the sane unfolding of human instincts, which ripened through millions of years to a highly developed evolutionary wisdom, so itīs just necessary to give the children all support and informations they want to have. Because human children are extraordinary curious, they want to learn by themselves, what they will need in their later live and thus demand the corresponding knowledge and skills from the adults. Because horde humans live in gender groups (the women build a selt-sufficient group and the men one or more independent teams) the children tend to gender-specific games with growing age, which means that the boys e.g. are playing "team-building" meanwhile the girls e.g. lend babies from the mothers and play "motherhood". The older boys beginn to follow the adult men in their daily activities and the older girls follow the women. In their puberty they get introduced into the world of the adults by puberty-rituals, especially the boys.
Civilized original sins against species-appropriate children socialization
The civilized education trespasses against the natural horde socialization of the children in some important points.
First of all the majority of babies are suffering damages in their social basic trust, because their mothers never developed the full maturity of a sane baby treatment because of their own educational damages. Also the cleanliness-education, which begins in this age forces the children very early to counteract against their own natural impulses. Civilized babies therefore are screaming much more than it would be necessary from their physical pains (like getting teeth).
In the so-called "defiance-phase", when children want to follow their instinctive impulse to leave their mother and join the children horde, the infantine own will to become independent is broken or bended by the parental will (the child is homebound and has to obey the parental will). This pressure to submission is traumatizing the child and forbids itīs upgrowing to a fully mature adult. Wether the educational pressure is performed with more penalty or more reward just causes different educational damages, but doesnīt differ in itīs basic tendency to enslave the child. This process is comparable with the grafting of a fruit tree, in which the tree is cutted above itīs natural root and crowned artificially by another treetop. Likewise civilized children are cutted off from their natural instinctive unfolding in the defiance-phase and get superimposed by a cultural superstruction, which they have to obey furthermore and grow up under itīs remote control. But because the infantine own will is basically the natural impulse of all living beings, to unfold themselves from their innermost source as free as possible towards the outside world, where they play with other own wills the great game of live, children under remote control never grow up to sovereign creators of their own live, but to robot-like creatures of their makers and programmers. The such imprinted ones are normally becoming more or less narcistic, wobbling between a masochistic lust of submission (under authorities) and a sadistic lust of subduing weaker ones. They appear quite selfish due to their lack of naturally grown social competence.
Children, who are forced artificially under parental will instead of growing naturally into a sane social life with other children are fixed to "under-4-eyes-relationships", which make them more or less incompetent for later teamwork. They tend to clasp at one partner ("Only YOU!") and cramp him or her. Also they learn to look up to authorities and to do what they want them to do. At first hand the authorities are the parents, later the representatives of the system (state, religion, economy etc.), whome the subjected ones are following like a herd of sheeps - even if they know, that they are driven to the slaughter house. And even if they are rebelling against authorities, they do this mostly out of an infantilized state, not as sovereign adults. Very few grow consciously above their learned inmaturity.
During the educational process frequently the instinctive infantine curiousity is subjected and rejected, because the children must not learn what they want, but what they should. So they learn not to ask questions any more and develop to fatalists, who canīt do anything more but accepting their fate as it was created by others. This phenomenon is much more common in the lower classes of civilized societies (who should work without questioning) then in the upper classes, which children often should stay curious enough to learn the knowledge and the abilities to rule and exploit the lower classes. When children even are kept away from playing, like in agrarical societies, where they have to work on the fields from early on, they loose nearly completely the ability to create their lives by themselves through joyful learning and normally even cannot socialize themselves liberately, which degrades them to dependent working robots.
When only children of the same age are put together, like itīs use in kindergarten and school, they are encouraged to overact their natural competition between equals, without integrating it in a complete social environmet considering weaker ones and orientating towards the more mature ones. For any actually goberning system this is perfect, because in this way it can train itīs children quite easy to work against each other instead of learning how to selforganize and create their own culture. The romans called this principle of power: "Divide et impera!" - "Divide and conquere!". The type of humans that grows up from such overcompetitive children tend to be militant and selfish and the corresponding societies are therefore inhuman and asocial.
In the modern core-family the well-meant use of keeping children in single rooms has grown to a solitary confinement, which complicates the free socialization with other children and rises up bold egoists. Like prisoners they are just allowed to leave their room to practice games or works that are conform to the parental will and ruling system. Even the so-called "anti-authoritarian" education has maintained this isolation torture und raised especially asocial egoists.
But even living together with brothers and sisters often is not better, because the children are fixed to their parents and have to compete for their attention, so they often develop a hostile relationship with each other like cat and dog. After all a family situation (even if itīs looking half-way sane at first sight) is fundamentally non-species-appropriate for humans, because the institutions of marriage, family and education were once created artificially by slavehunters, who coupled and breed their captives to gain further slave generations. In the natural situation of a free children horde there are always enough other children willing to give attention and love to the ones, who need it and declare their need, so the children tend to cooperate much more with each other.
After the children toiled themselves through their education and at last became adult, they pass officially for mature and free, but are forced by the actual regimen to stay furthermore in their infantine role of dependency and to submiss themselves under the state or god or their boss or whatever other authority. In the so-called liberal societies they got just a bit more leash, but not really basic freedom. Such kind of still childish adults are normally not really able to take responsability and also are quite neurotical, so it seems necessary to lead them and give them moral rules, which they have to obey to. Meanwhile even the leaders and moral authorities (with no bigger differences between elected ones or dictators) frequently are high-grade neurotics, who cannot really answer what they do or let. No wonder - civilized societies are not only taming and bending the children of their subjects, but the children of their elites even more intensive, because they require a much higher education level to rule the masses.
Alltogether this kind of educating children and keeping adults childish causes the age-long world war of "human culture against human nature" in which the sane human instincts are defamed and replaced by artificial behaviour. Thus every kind of wildness is subjected and the so-called "normality" proliferates to an original sin of the civilized society against humanity and naturalness - at last so life-threatening, that it seemingly wants to culminate in the upcoming selfdestruction of civilization itself.
Postmodern revival of children hordes
After the civilized children education distorted and degenerated humans and their societies very dangerously, itīs high time now to revive the species-appropriate model of a sane socialization in children hordes. Especially in the more liberate western world, where the traditional family-lifestyle is dissolving and the need for a new community live is growing, the chances to revive a natural humanity are quite good. Also a few decades of community experiences with children and the work of alternative school systems (like free schools, Montessori, Summerhill etc.) have showed clearly, that the selforganization of children is not only working under stoneage conditions, but in postmodern, highly technological mass societies as well. Thus the question would be: What exactly do we need now to revive children hordes again?
First the children need a functioning community of adults, who sustain the children horde and create a free space for the infantine selforganization. For the functioning of the adult community itīs necessary to design it as a therapeutical community from the beginning. Because educated - which means nearly automatically insane - adults would not be good idols for the children and a possible disturbance for any community live, the therapeutical group is best orientated towards the healing of educational damages and the post-maturation of the natural human instincts (a more precise description of a therapeutical group one can find in the reader "Tribal newvival" from the author of the current text). But it should be mentioned, that the observation of nowadays seltorganizing children groups (like in trailer parks or other alternative communities) shows, that also children of a not completely sane adult community tend to create hordes, if they just have the oportunity to do so (e.g. if the adults are so busy with their own personal and social problems, that they like to send out their children to play with other children).
Most important is, that the parents and especially the mothers are really willing to set their children free. This is not certain at all - even not with parents, who wish to let their children grow up as free as possible - because the most mothers are so damaged by their education, that they are emotionally and socially not completely mature and therefore like to exploit the dependency of their children. At length mother-child-relationships are emotionally much more productive and prolonged then the most friendships or partnerships. And the typical parental egoism ("This is MY child and I decide how it should grow up!") also often complicates the infantine liberation.
A children horde best should be of mixed ages to avoid, that the children live in conditions of prolonged competition and need frequently reconciliation from adults. Also it should be of mixed genders, so that boys and girls can grow up with each other and get to know the specifics of the other gender - even if they tend to go different ways of live with increasing age.
Children hordes need their own shelter, which the children mostly like to build for themselves. That means, that they begin to build one or more little houses or huts or tents, which are inspired by the architecture of the adults - or they squat a own room in a community house and arrange the interior like they want to. The children want to learn in this way instinctively to build a shelter against environmental disturbances. In this shelters the children also play cooking or building tools or they take their time for gathering erotical experiences or whatever they need to learn playfully to grow step by step into the world of the adults. Itīs very important, that no adult steps into the children house without permission, so that the children can experience it as a space of infantine sovereignty and creativity.
But it would be naive to think, that a nowadays children horde can exist completely without adult interference, because normally the children already suffer from their first educational disorders and sometimes cannot solve the conflicts, that are growing on this playground of neurosis. Therefore it makes sense, if at least one or a few adults, who already went through a therapeutical maturity group, can work as mediators with the children - but keeping their influence as small as possible. The optimum would be like in the original horde life, that a few adults always are somewhere near the children for interfering, if help or protection is needed, but stay in the background the rest of the time.
Especially important can be the adult interference to avoid, that a children group is selforganizing as a gang instead of a horde, like itīs known e.g. from street children in ghetto situations. A children gang is characterized by a pyramide of power, with a gang leader on top, who is normally the worst brute, a heap of sheeplike nominal members and some underdogs, who can be kicked by everybody, who is frustrated enough to do so. Such a gang is created by educationally more disturbed children and is not more than an imitation of the typical completely crazy adult society with itīs insane power pyramide. For adults, who recognize such a situation, itīs important to protect the children from tyrannic leadership and to foster their abilities to socialize themselves in a way, in which they learn to protect themselves. Sane children hordes are build up in a circle of equals, in which a natural authority is given only temporarily and specifically to the child, whose skills are most needed in one given moment. The child for example, who has the best idea what to play next, will get the other ones attention, until another child has a good idea how to refine the game even more and gets attention for this. Children who are socially more competent (often elder ones with more maturity) get more often in the center of attention, because they are quite popular and the other ones often like to orientate towards them. But they are no boss or chief with real power - they are just elected leaders and can loose their status easily, when they disappoint the others.
Also very important is for the adults to inform the civilized society and their officials, what a children horde actually is and to protect the horde against bureaucratical attacks. Complaints of neighbours, denounces to the police, worried officials etc. are normally a part of the daily routine, especially in the beginning of a children horde project, because free children are doing what they want to do and not what they are supposed to do. The obligation to attend school - if it exists, like in many countries - should be integrated creatively in the children hordes life. Surely itīs important to offer formation possibilities to the children to feed their neverending curiosity and prepare them for the life in a highly complex global world. But because normal schools teach children not very much about life, but try to train them to become obedient biorobots of the system, they are like poison for them. Therefore it would be advisable to let the children go to a free school or offer them homeschooling or just organize books, tools, internet etc. and show them, what they can achieve with it. If the children show personal interests or talents, the adults should provide the deepening of these interest, until they are maybe tending to become a profession or vocation.
And last but not least, an adult who want to co-found a children horde, should be prepared to move step by step in this direction. To revive a way of life, that was submitted, banned and completely forgotten in society for hundreds and thousands of years, is and will be a difficult challenge. Therefore it can be useful for example to begin with a part-time children horde, where the children can learn at least to selforganize a part of their time, meanwhile they stay the rest of the time with their parents. This can make sense, if the adults donīt live in a community, but in a network of separate families and their children can meet every day on the same neighbourhood playground. Itīs not about being perfect from the beginning, but to become better and better and gather precious experiences, that we lost during the agelong patriarchal education history. Thereīs a lot of space for exciting investigations and experiments. And the headliners are anyway the children. We adults can only become their supporters.
If the experiment to revive children hordes is working well - and we can trust in the natural human potential, which wants just to unfold liberately from child to adult - horde children will grow up to become free, social humans, who are able to found and bear selforganized communities, based on the joy of live and able to network planetary intelligence. Just like the horde life in itīs prehistorical final times created tribes and supertribes with an interregional culture of high humanity. And like the offshoots of summerhill or other nowadays selforganized children groups give hope to the success of the tribal community lifestyle under postmodern circumstances. Exactly this very old and maybe now renewing type of really and fully human people we could urgently need now, since the patriarchal civilization is clearly heading for selfdestruction. Horde children are a light above the horizon of civilization healing, which could shiver bright like the sun in the cultural skies of mankind - if we more or less educated ones just would tolerate such sovereignly untamed wildness.
Freigeist von Lebenskunst