Children’s Day, as an event, is celebrated on various days in many places around the world, in particular to honor children.
In India, Children’s Day is celebrated on November 14, the birthday of India’s first Prime Minister Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru.
For a change, let all of us adults be like CHILDREN on this Children’s Day, November 14, 2011.
YES, be like CHILDREN!
Being a child is entirely different from being childish. Often most children behave like mature adults while a vast majority of adults are down-right childish in their beliefs, opinions and behavior.
All said and done, Child is the Father of Man. This Wordsworthian wisdom is often touted as an ornamental quotation but never thoroughly explored or understood.
What are the attributes of a child?
Every child is breathtakingly beautiful. The beauty of the child stems from the perfect harmony of the body, mind and soul. Somewhere along, the mind is lost through fallacy and the soul crippled through irrational beliefs. No doubt adults by comparison look uglier than children. To be a child, an adult has to have mindfulness and soulfulness.
One ought to remember that just like the body, both mind and soul are also prone to pollution. The Child’s beauty pours forth from the sheer purity of mind and soul. A child treats humans as humans. The child is not yet corrupted the pretty common adult attributes of egocentricity, megalomania, I-am-ok-you-are-not-ok-cum-holier-than-thou syndrome, backbiting, gossip-mongering, exploitation and the quid pro quo protocol and by the lures of usurping power and hierarchical upward mobility by any means.
A child is always alert, restless, curious and exploring the ambience of existence. The child has questions and wants answers. Not just any answers; logically satisfying answers! The child has an open mind and all his five senses work overtime as input consoles, and the child’s brain, the super computer, continuously records, edits and saves the data. The child does not accept all data as true; the child expresses doubts, thinks about the inconsistencies and contradictions and validates his data only after his doubts are satisfied properly. For the child “A is always A” . Somehow the child has an innate understanding that contradictions, by their very nature, do nor exist.
The child is a good listener. Because of limited vocabulary, the child is brief, focused and clear in his communications. Most of the time, the child is brutally frank. Not yet shackled by inhibitions or protocol of social behavior or stifling codes of conduct, the child gives free vent to his emotions and expressions. The child has no adverse hiccups arising out of suppressed emotions and concealed feelings.
The child does not resort to vulgar expressions or communications, though vulgarity is often because of lack of vocabulary. He learns the expletives and other abusive language from his parents and the other adults around.
A child is always honest and transparent. Oliver Wendell Holmes observed, “ Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children”.
The child enjoys whatever he/she does, little pranks, play, and even learning. The child is always alive and observant. The child’s first response to any human transaction is affection. He is the born personification of NO-animosity-antipathy-dislike-enmity-hate-hatred and no-ill-will. He inadvertently gets all those negative inputs from the so-called elders of the society, including the parents.
No doubt, The Child is the Father of Man. Somewhere in our evolution into adulthood, the child is lost forever, though a bit of childishness is retained.
Yes, today, on this Children’s Day, let all of us adults be like children. Sounds simple as an advice, isn’t it? But, for us adults, burdened by adulterous minds, it is as impossible as the reversal of evolution – man reverse-evolving into a monkey! Most of us prefer to go back to an earlier evolutionary phase when monkey-ing with everything around us becomes almost a religious ritual; and worse still, we pat ourselves and feel damned proud of our monkey business.
Yet, for a change, let all of us adults and elders, at least make a conscious effort to love all the children, respect their innocence and their child-Krishna-esque pranks, but never, I repeat, never abuse them or ill treat them or exploit their ignorance. NEVER, for God’s sake!
Article by Deen Kumar