“No one is born fully-formed: it is through self-experience in the world that we become what we are.”
In Antoine de Saint Exupery’s, “The Little Prince”, unruly baobab trees grow wildly on the young prince’s planet. They must be uprooted as seedlings, deceptively beautiful as they are, lest they take over and make his planet uninhabitable. In the satirical tale Candide, Voltaire writes “we must take care of our own garden…man was not born to be idle.” It is the philosophy of Les Baobabs that a meaningful life is one of thoughtful cultivation. Only then can we flourish.
I am a Californian social scientist, and this site documents my own self-cultivation throughout my many lives abroad and at home. Please feel free to engage, respond, question, and react to my writings.