Who knows the story of the Little Prince from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry? This beautiful and moving story is all about the difference in perceiving reality between adults and children. If I read the comments of adults on the news reporting about the children striking from school to get attention for our Climate crisis, it hit me that beside some positive comments many comments are offensive, degrading and are loaded with negativity. A wave of anger, hate and frustrations are displayed. Even Greta had to address this on her Facebook page and she feels the obligation ‘to explain herself’ to defend the motivations of her actions. What is happening here? Is this how we adults collectively think and feel about children? And if this is not the case, were are the adults to stand up for the children and question the negative- sometimes hateful comments? Why is this happening? What can we do about this and turn it into something we can be proud of?
Who does not know about the experiment of rats in a laboratory setting and were only allowed to use a small open space, because it was surrounded by almost an invisible electrical fence? Every time a rat wanted to go beyond the set space the rat got a shock from the electrical fence. At a certain moment, the electrical fence was removed and guess what? Even the fact that the rat was no longer hindered by the electrical fence, he stayed ‘voluntary’ in the limited open space, because it was conditioned to behave this way! Keep this experiment in mind, before I open up more.
The perception test of the little prince, between adults and children.
What do you see?
A hat or an elephant?
No it’s a Boa constrictor!
Some of the comments of adults were, that for them it was okay that Kids protest, but the kids needed do this outside school time. Concerning them, school is so important that you cannot go against the rules and strike to get attention, even if the topic is that serious. This ‘excuse’ serves actually more than one agenda. But first I want to open up what is known as ‘the human condition’, which simply can be explained by the rat experiment. The human condition works similar, which is mostly known as the Pavlov idea. Once the ‘being’ is conditioned, the response is predictable, even if the reality has changed, we keep responding in the same conditioned way without any impulse to start a thinking process of questioning if any adaptation for change would be required? Have we been conditioned in similar ways?
I know this is an out of the box idea for many people, but who has the courage to question the principles of our educational systems? I am for sure not the only one because more people have questions about our educational system. Why? Please watch the video of Sir Ken Robbertson. His video in short; It is proven that we all have the capacity to be brilliant because by the age of 4 years 98% of us were considered genius, but by the age of 25, only 1% of us is still considered to be a genius. But we adults are told to believe the opposite, don’t we? We are told over and over again that by educating our self we become smarter! How come most of us belong to the 99% that lost their brilliance? So what happened in the meantime? If you can explain this to me, I am very interested to listen.
If we would combine the above 2 observations then we could distract that the younger someone is, the more clarity and ‘out of the box’ thinking is still possible! And the older we get, the more most of us think from a limited, boxed, and conditioned perspective. Could it be that adults feel attacked by the openness and simplicity of children that they feel so threatened that they start to defend their assumed ‘authority of knowing it all’, with negativity to stop feeling the pain of their lost brilliance?
Or do our children force us to face the brutal facts, and we don’t want to, because the facts are too confronting and threatening our status or credibility? Do the children demand from us to dig deeper and make us clear that we need to know way more about what ‘the human conditioning’ actually is and prevent us from seeing things clearly? How much are our conditioning part of our avoidance and ignoring strategies?
Perhaps there is way less to blame, but far more to gain!?
These school striking children show us that we can act if we choose to and want to. Do we need to become far more like little children to get a fresh and new perspective on many issues in our daily lives? And like in the Little Prince story, when we become more like little children, by giving up what we always thought, giving up what we always felt and always did, this is the moment that we bridge the perception gap between ourselves and the children and then we might tap into a new source of intelligence. Let us come together with new ideas and strategies to start to open up ‘yet unknown solutions’. As once was said; “ you’r either part of the solution or you are part of the problem”. Each one of us, has to make the choice where we wish to stand and go for and nobody has said it will be quick and easy, but it will be interesting and motivating beyond any imagination and for sure worth living for.
What I love about Greta is her absoluteness and therein I join her because for me there is only one direction and that is forward!
I invite us to ponder upon this as a beginning of our dialogue between what are real values versus relative values to set into motion the change that is needed for a high-quality responsible way of living.
Warm greetings Azra
Video of Sir Ken Robbertson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U