What if we started asking kids, who were having play dates, to talk about some simple problems in their local community, as well as communities across the globe, so that they would grow up being used to discussing, and solving, real problems with others, from childhood?
What if every school turned Friday afternoon into a time when students could present ideas to each other, concerning the problems humanity and the world faces? What if the kids could broke up in to groups and work on the problems that interested them?
What if parents and adults became more interested in the world’s problems, and how to solve them, so that they could discuss the issues with their children?
What if brilliant guest speakers, those who were working on solving world problems, could speak, via television, to kids who were working on the same problems? What if the kids could ask the speakers questions, and the speakers could ask questions of kids as well? What if kinder and more gentle solutions to our problems could be found by experimenting with the ideas the kids presented?
What if kids were told the truth about war, about the people who start them, and the reason for them. What if we just told the truth and explained that there are other ways to serve your country, as peaceful representatives, as well as becoming a warrior? What if we presented alternatives? What if we got them involved at a young age, writing letters and working with kids in other countries, to solve world problems?
What if we told them the truth about governments, and institutions, and the rampant greed, power plays and death for profit mentality? What if we taught them that money isn’t more important than clean water, safe air and food?
What if we told them the truth about the brutal suffering of animals, that are used for clothing, food, furniture and other things? What if they knew about what they were eating and how the torture of innocent creatures was being hidden from them? What if they were taught to respect living beings and to protect them and care for them? What if they knew their death and torture were unnecessary?
What if we taught kids to be problem solvers, alternative seekers? What if we taught them to always see more than one side of every issue? What if they could see the lies for themselves and refuse to accept what was put in front of them, just because someone said they should? What if we allowed an entire generation of kids to grow into adulthood, truly educated and aware? What if we allowed kids to see farther than we do? What if we taught kids to refuse to blindly obey anyone?
What if we taught kids to reach out to those who were different than they were? What if they learned to seek out, and celebrate, diversity? What if they started helping each other and didn’t care about their differences, but work together for something bigger than themselves? What if we taught them that differences were beautiful?
What if we let kids find their creativity and learn about things that interested them? What if we let them read the books they cared about, books that mattered to their lives? What if we let them make their own rules for what they wanted to learn. What if teachers had to work for and with the kids, instead of for the school and the government? What if education was so wonderful that the kids could hardly wait to get to places of learning? What if learning/education was FREE, so that everyone could get an education, not just those with money or pull? What if we taught kids that the ‘have nots,’ could be the’ haves,’ if only they were ALLOWED to be? What if we taught them that an educated society was a rich and healthy society?
What if we allowed kids to be passionate about their lives? What if they looked forward to living because they were free to be themselves and create their own way of doing things? What if they could ask questions and not be punished for asking?
What if we stopped making kids into sheep because it’s safe? What if we told them that the good things in life weren’t safe, because they were all about FREEDOM and freedom was something you had to fight for, if you wanted to have and keep it because the people in charge wanted all the freedom for themselves and refused to believe that there was enough to go around? What if we taught them THAT?
What if we set them free?
What if we said, “the brainwashing stops NOW?”