Overall, I enjoyed reading Robert Fulghum’s excerpt from “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” What he said makes sense and can be applied by anyone in any situation, like Bloom did in his article. Fulghum uses “simple rules” many of us learn in kindergarten and gives examples of how they are actually useful as we get older. Put in simpler terms for young students to remember and understand, some of the rules Fulghum learned in kindergarten includes: “Share everything. 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. Live a balanced life—learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together. Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup—they all die. So do we.”
These simple rules can be applied by nations. Many times world news is dominated with headlines of death, destruction, one group fighting another, a nation’s politics gone wrong, etc. If nations would just stop and go back to the basic principles we all learned when we first started school, less problems would occur worldwide. For example, countries should apply the basic rule of sharing, whether in terms of resources or ideas. Of course, a Utopian society doesn’t exist and will be hard to accomplish, but the effort of sharing as much as possible may just be the difference between life and death for certain individuals. Like the saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” what developed nations like America, Europe, Japan, Australia, etc. have in abundance and waste, developing nations could definitely use.
Another example that can be applied by nations is “When you go out into the world, hold hands and stick together.” Fulghum says it perfectly in his article, “It’s almost impossible to go through life all alone. We need to find our support group—family, friends, companion, therapy gatherings, team, church or whatever. It’s dangerous out there—lonely, too. Everyone needs someone. Some assembly is always required.” In terms of nations, groups within one country are always in conflict with one another, whether it has to do with politics, beliefs, land, etc. They don’t realize or practice the notion that we should all work together for change. Strength is in numbers, so those who walk alone and think they can do everything themselves are wrong. Everyone needs support and someone to look out for them. When many people within a nation come together for change, results occur, as in the case of the Arab Spring.
Finally, another rule I want to touch upon is “Live a balanced life—learn some and think some…” Countries are either focused more on secular or spiritual aspects. While attending a house of worship is done by some “religious” people, that is as far as many go. On the other hand, secular life is dominating the world more and more. Consumerism is unbelievable these days! There is a time and place for everything and balance should be achieved between the two for satisfaction.
To read Fulghum’s excerpt go to http://www.randomhouse.com/book/56955/all-i-really-need-to-know-i-learned-in-kindergarten-by-robert-fulghum#excerpt
Posted on: Friday, February 22, 2013 at 2:34 am
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