Kids for peace.
This seems like a novel concept, especially since it’s the kids that grow up that cause the wars, the violence, and the destruction.
What happens between 8 and 18, or 12 and 22 that makes people believe that the only way to solve a problem is to destroy, hurt, or decimate?
I asked a 3 year old why they wante4d to hurt someone and they said, I don’t ever want to hurt someone. I asked a 5 year old to tell me why they wanted to hurt someone and they told me because they hurt him. I asked a 14 year old why they wanted to hurt someone and they told me because they hurt him. I asked a 20 year old why they wanted to hurt someone and they told me because they hurt him and they deserved it. (An interesting increase in violence. The person who is getting hurt deserved the violence because of what they did. Suddenly, the 20 year old is dooling out consequences much like a parent. Wait…didn’t they just become an “adult”..probably not a coincidence.) I asked a 38 year old why they wanted to hurt someone and they told me because they needed to be taught that this isn’t ok. (Still as a role of parent and teacher now.) I asked a 50 year old why they wanted to hurt someone and they told me because they weren’t going to let them get away with this. (Now there’s the fear that this act of negativity won’t go unpunished, a nd that is a big fear that makes people take matters into their own hands.) I asked a 70,82,88,and 91 year old why they wanted to hurt someone that hurt themk and they told me: they don’t. They explained that violence isn’t the answer. So it seems we come full circle….at the beggingin and end of life, we don’t think violence is necessary at all.
Pablo Picasso, the great artist, walked through a kindergarten art display and stood in amazement. When someone asked the great master what he thought he said, “I’ve tried all my life to draw and create art exactly like they do.”
This is a major comment to the innocence and beauty of a child’s mind. They see the world as a very simple place.
There are things you shouldn’t do:hit, hurt, steal, be mean.
There are things that you should do: be kind, congratulate, be happy, have fun.
The adults come over and tell them that the world is much more complicated than that….is it?
This website is dedicated to kids ending violence, isn’t that what we are all wanting?
Chad Herman - Motivatingforpositivechange.com