All I ever really need to know I learned in kindergarten
'Another page, a new perspective'
Updated 1:01 pm, Thursday, November 13, 2014
Did you know Americans purchase approximately 57 books per second?
That's equivalent to a prodigious number of 4,924,800 books per day.
Taking this into account, we can conclude our nation is one of intelligent learners, avid readers and cultured adults. Reading is a prominent aspect of our country's culture which serves to stretch our thinking in terms of analyzing fiction and new information.
Recently, I read a short story from the well-known Chicken Soup for The Soul series that left an impactful impression on me. Its title is "All I Ever Really Needed To Know I Learned In Kindergarten."
The main idea of this passage is that sharing, acting fairly, cleaning up, apologizing, learning and playing, wondering and being cautious are all actions we performed when we were kindergarteners, but they carry a significance to all adults, as well.
Aside from that, if we were to remain those innocent, well-behaved humans that we were as toddlers, the world would be a much better place.
Evidently, much of global turmoil is a direct effect of crime and violence, dishonesty, weaponry and, perhaps the most detrimental trait of human nature, greed.
Young children don't exhibit dangerous motives or behaviors because they are simply told not to do anything wrong and unsafe, and they can rationalize only the actions they know are acceptable.
Often, money is the motivation for crime, but kindergarteners don't understand monetary values, nor how they are used, managed or dealt with.
They cannot fathom the imperfections of the world and seek out only what they are interested in; therefore, they are always optimistic and not affected by external conflict.
Kindergartners have their own basic code of conduct (that big list of rules that hangs on classroom walls year-round).
This is the first time in the children's lives that they are introduced to regulations, comparable to the laws that Americans must follow.
The short kindergarten story I read is written simply and clearly, stating when people cooperate as kids do, clean up like kids do, and wonder like kids do, the world's complicated values are erased and only basic principles of kindness remain.
Being as enthusiastic to live every day gaining new perspectives of the world as kindergarteners could help us move on and succeed with any task we take on.
For the unexpected is often the expected in the eyes of kids who are eager to challenge themselves with curiosity and acquiring a sense of knowledge.
Kids wonder every morning, every afternoon and every evening. They observe all of their surroundings, contemplate what they learn and truly live life to the fullest.
They smile and laugh and seldom argue with those around them. That's how everyone should live.
It's unrealistic to be friends with everyone, but it is possible to rid ourselves of enemies. Enjoying everyone's company and learning something from every person would make our society so very different, in a positive way.
This story reminds me of "Imagine," the song by John Lennon. The main principles are the same: Our Earth would be so much better minus the arguing, material possessions, fighting and greed to which we are exposed.
Surprisingly, all of this is included right in the ethics of growing toddlers. With their arms open to everyone, they are receptive of everything positive.
By far, the first sentence of this article says it all, "Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate mountain, but there in the sandbox at nursery school."