I think I’d like to give up adulting for a while.
Turn on the TV, radio, read the newspapers or surf online and you’ll struggle to avoid prime time examples of racism, sexism, sectarianism, greed, stupidity and people just being general dicks to each other.
Even the presenters themselves – Positions that used to be the bastion of straight-forward news and current affairs delivery are not immune from this.
I can think of several who appear to be actively enabled, if not impressively incentivised to be “controversial”. And they’re given the full gamut of their employers’ television, radio, web and even good old analogue newspaper formats to say stupid and mean things just to attract attention, clicks and “Likes”.
It really is pathetic.
It’s all pretty depressing.
I’d say it’s childish, but I feel that would be a grave insult to children everywhere.
My own daughter, for example, will turn five later this year.
She’s brilliant – She’s kind, caring and compassionate – All the things that so much of the world isn’t! This may or may not have something to do with the fact that we have largely kept her away from the news and traditional forms of media.
6pm – Traditional “News Time” is TV/device off time in our house, followed by playing / reading and her bed time. We usually don’t turn the TV or phones on again until after 7pm.
When other adults or managers/bosses are getting me down I find picking my daughter up from Kindy to be an intellectual and spiritual lift.
Just the other day her kindergarten celebrated Peruvian Independence Day (one of the teachers is from there and very proud of her home country).
Children and their parents from Pakeha, Maori, Indian, French, Chinese, Japanese and many other cultures all celebrated this teacher’s homeland together.
It was glorious!
There was singing, dancing, food and fun – It was caring and inclusive – All things that life should be!
This is where I hold out hope for the future, because this is normality for our children.
Our children will live in a society where their friends will be all sorts of colours, sizes and shapes.
Their favourite foods won’t just be the rather bland NZ cuisine I grew up with in the 80’s, but from all around the globe – An exotic range of flavours us adults are only just learning about.
It won’t matter whether they have mum and dad at home, just mum or just dad, two mums, two dads, grandparents or other relatives, so long as they have a home where they are safe and loved.
This will be their normal.
This is something to strive towards.
I think we have a lot to learn from our children.
We should be taking more notice of them and less of those provocative, attention-seeking adults in the media.