26. WE ARE THE WORLD, WE ARE THE CHILDREN
In a world where men and their activities have always taken priority, we face a unique challenge; to upend the mental pyramid that places man at the top, and replace it with children.
The author of a book entitled "All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten" claims that everything one needs to know about how to live and what to do and how to be, he learned, not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but in his earliest years; in the sandpile, at Sunday School, in kindergarten.
These are some of the things he learned:
"Share everything. Play fair. Don't hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don't take things that aren't yours. Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody. Wash your hands before you eat. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic and stick together.
And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest of all - LOOK. Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Take any of those terms and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or your government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm. Think what a better world it would be if...all governments had a basic policy to always put things away where they found them and to clean up their own mess. And it is still true, it is best to hold hands and stick together."
`A child is as a young plant: it will grow in whatever way you train it. If you rear it to be truthful, and kind, and righteous, it will grow straight, it will be fresh and tender, and will flourish. But if not, then from faulty training it will grow bent, and stand awry, and there will be no hope of changing it...Every child is potentially the light of the world-and at the same time its darkness; wherefore must the question of education be accounted as of primary importance."