Thursday, June 4, 2009

Imagination is dead.

What happens to kids? Teaching I get to see lots of little kids. They are funny imaginative, unafraid, and they speak their minds... well most of them. Then what happens? Because I look at these kids and then I look at my peers and older human beings most of whom are unimaginative, afraid, and barely ever voice an original thought (assuming they have them).

So what happens? It could be the parents, it could be society, which includes the educational system coupled with whats portrayed on the media. What kills a child's sense of wonder and the absurd. Is it just manufactured toys and stories? The need to play with certain characters from certain movies means all kids start telling the same stories the same way killing imagination. JIM HENSON IS DEAD. Bummer.

"Dad, What's a Muppet?"
"A creature with wit, social commentary, and positive messages"
"Are you a muppet?"
"I wish."

Anyway this isn't a thing about the positive messages in the muppets its about something that makes kids mindless drones who stop making up their own stories to consuming the mindless stupid crap that is easily marketed and merchandise. I'm sorry but highschool musical and hannah montana and the jonas bros can all go--- well let's just stop there and say they can all go.

Long story short if you get the chance to play with a kid or be near a kid who's playing (that you know) encourage them to make up their own games to tell their own stories. Maybe or just notice their lack of imagination and weep for dead muppets.


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