Friday, March 9, 2012

in response.

I tend to err on the side of thinking in my daily life. That being said, I've come to the conclusion that most Americans do not do the same. 

I've been formulating this conclusion in my head for quite some time, but have only recently found it to be an actual fact and not just an observation in brief. Most of my latter thinking comes from people's reactions to the Invisible Children "Make KONY Famous" video and of course, the Republican party. I'm not going to go into detail about either of those topics, it's just background information. 

Daily, I try to figure out what makes my brain different from most people's brains. Why are my thoughts so different than most? 

I've found the culprit. It's been under my nose the whole time. It's that stupid poster that hangs in just about every kindergarten classroom in the world. You know the one, "All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten..." I think people actually believe that and therefore, have not allowed their mind to evolve or in same cases, think at all. 

Let's dissect. 

Share everything.
No, don't. This is your basic socialism versus capitalism argument. Work hard and then share out of the overflow of your heart and your riches. Don't just give stuff to people who don't want to work hard. 

Don't hit people.
But, don't roll over and play dead either. 

Put things back where you found them.

Unless it's a lost wallet, child, puppy or important USB drive.  

Clean up your own mess.

Meaning: the government is not required to clean up your messes. 



Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.

No, this is wrong. Really wrong. Americans are fat. Really fat. 

Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.

Who wrote this? That doesn't seem like a balanced life. It seems like a busy one. Also,  you're probably poor. 

Take a nap every afternoon.

Yeah, if you're sick or retired.

When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.

Someone try this and get back to me. 

Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.

I know exactly how and I know exactly why. A tree growing in a styrofoam cup is not wonder. 

Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.

There has to be a better way to teach this point. I'm supposed to compare a goldfish to a human being?

And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.

At what?

Americans, if this is really your MO, I suggest you find a new one. Use your brains, be smarter. For the sake of everyone. 


1 comment:

Morgan said...

does the "what you learned in kindergarten" poster really say all of that? i like the part about watching for traffic, holding hands and sticking together. that's sweet.

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