Thursday, February 26, 2009

Kindergarten Lessons For Politicians

mr khairul forwards stuff to me in my g-mail.
writings on education, politics, current economic standing, celebrity gossips, just thoughts - serious discussions to downright silly pictures or youtube clips he likes.

he says i don't read most of 'em and just toss 'em in the 'trash' file. well, he's partially correct about that. i do delete long-winded politic craps written by emotional people tryin to show the world how much he knows or how undeniably right his thoughts are.

but i do appreciate little gems that he sends; the one on a joke about an old couple, whose wife complains "you used to bite my neck.." and the husband got up to - get his teeth. (love you too, honey) or informative ones like the one on gulfnews report on the hike of school fees in dubai, or the one about what is the meaning of inflation, really.

..and this one is definitely a good read. it's by robert fulghum. this guy, you just have to love! his writings are about subjects so simple and around us, yet meaningful in his message that i was so envious reading his thoughts in his 'journal'.

meanwhile, enjoy this one first. "rugi ambik MBA!" quipped mr. khairul. ha ha.

by robert fulghum

All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sand pile at school.

These are the things I learned:

  • Share everything.
  • Play fair.
  • 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.
  • Wash your hands before you eat.
  • Flush.
  • Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
  • Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
  • Take a nap every afternoon.
  • When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
  • Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
  • Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.
  • And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.

Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living.

Take any one of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm.

And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out in the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

clap! clap!

well, said!

if you haven't already read anas zubedy's cleaver, straightforward, everyone-is-thinking-it-but-why-haven't-anyone-write-this plea to the BN and PKR politicians to stop monkeying around, click here. good job, man. if you have, this one by mr. fulghum is apt too, doncha think?

and yet, our world is not a utopian one - even in kindergarten we have kids who refused to share, throw stuff at other kids, kick and pinch and stick out their tongue. kids who don't finish their vegetables and leave toys all over the place.

let's just hope for the best!

send me more of these cute gems, honey.
yes, i DO appreciate.

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