An homage to Bernard Shaw’s “Youth is wasted on the young”, there’s something to think about when a nine year old boy is giving advice on relationships, which is selling AND being made into a movie. Points to note:
- It’s a boy
- … talking about relationships
- … giving advice
- … about stuff that continues to be out there (that is, it’s not new or ground breaking knowledge)
- … which adults continue to ignore!
The kid observed other kids and provided advice for kids. I observe adults. Now of course I generalize and hypothesize (so much fun and entirely liberating), but I’d say I wouldn’t give my pet fish (if I had one) juggling sticks to keep itself amused. Or take a 5 yr old child to see a political commentary monologue on stage (unless s/he was truly interested, in which case I’d say a special prayer for their well-being and take them to a psychologist instead). And yet I see in relationships people speaking different love languages; in essence, not giving the other what is important to them, rather what is convenient for us. And we then are surprised, baffled and upset that things don’t work out.
Apparently we tried to do it to pandas too (i.e. give them something they didn’t need or want) – hoping to increase their population by feeding them viagra or showing panda adult videos (not kidding). Didn’t prove effective there either. Eventually the pandas worked it out themselves and therefore haven’t become extinct yet.
The moral of the story? Humans also have to stop watching adult videos to save themselves from becoming extinct.