P A S S T H E P A R C E L
“Finally a flame unwraps inside...”
Fall Apart, Brothertiger
Often when young children discover spiders or ants, their instinct can be to try and kill them - they show revulsion, they crush them and blithely walk away. .
In part it’s a reaction that’s been handed down to them by adults - a dismissive unfeelingness towards insects that creates an impulse to destroy, to hold power. .
The same goes for wasps too - the Adult World passes on its fear to children and hands them the belief that if it’s something ‘nasty’ then it should be killed.
I’ve always tried to counter young children’s reactions with words of kindness and respect but have discovered that when creepy crawlies are around, it is a time when the solidarity of children reveals itself. There are alternative voices of care, negotiations, wonder and collective horror at the idea of taking a life. Because that’s what we do - we take a life when we crush that spider and I can think of no stronger example of children learning to see that action is power, that it has consequence, that the democracy of their peers can change behaviour or thinking. Whenever children shift towards saving a spider rather than crushing it, they have in a microcosmic way changed a ghost from the past - they’ve shifted from Adult World-ism to a discovery of the world for themselves together and in that moment brought love into the world... ♥️ 👧🏻not🤖
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