First of all a disclaimer … I am not a serious person, and definitely not a politically astute one. So if you are going to be (God forbid) a boring adult and take my post seriously and get into an uproar, all I would like to say is “Nyah Nyah! I gotcha!”
Now that I have got the statutory disclaimer out of the way, let me tell the children who are with me … “Guys, just check out the 75 year old child, Anna Hazare. He fixed it for us. He just dug in his heels with a childlike obstinacy and won the day. Makes me seriously value the child like simplicity which I am sure resides deep down in all of us.
You know, I have mentioned it in some other blog I wrote – whenever I am too confused or conflicted, I try and talk to a ten year old. They dont understand a lot, but sure as hell know what is important and good. It is intuitive for them. It cuts through the bullshit and gets me through the muddled times.
So why cant we be that simple. It isnt hard. That is what our default mode aught to be.
Children on an allowance cant spend more than they have. It is as simple as that. Wont our economy benefit from stringent budgeting? Hell yeah, it will. Scamsters and greedy people like Raja and Kalmadi would not thrive in such conditions. What is more, no parent would agree to give a child more, just because he votes himself a pay raise, or overspends his allowance.
Kids do not like to stand out
Kids know all about fitting in. No kid would like to come to school in a stretch limo, when his peer group cycles down to school. No kid would like to wear jeans to school when the rest are in uniform. They hate being the odd man out. They don’t like being viewed as a teacher’s pet, or a rich privileged person.
Kids say it like they see it
Sigh! I wish the political spokespersons of Congress, BJP and other parties knew how refreshing it is to speak to children. No political posturing, no statements that are so patently false like Manish Tiwari’s and Digvijay Singh’s in the recent past.
But then … TV would not be half as entertaining would it?
Children like to help
It gives them joy, to help their mothers at home, and their friends and school mates. Its been a long time since I have seen such joy in doing something significant in the faces of our national leaders.
Children respect their elders and betters
Ahem … Wish we remembered that … all of us
Kids do not want to differentiate with other kids on basis of caste, colour and creed … or economic status
And when we teach them to – they still wonder why …
Its time, I feel that we go back to the lovely black and white world we lived in as children.
Now excuse me while I throw a tantrum before a drink my medicine and wail loudly and say, “I don’t wanna ”
But I draw a line at staging hunger strikes. I simply dont have the will power