Why is it than in history and art we admire the rebels but in life we expect our own kids to follow the rules? What do we actually want? Are we teaching kids in society to conform or confront? How confusing it is to be a child. If you have taken one class in history you know enough, the ones that made the books, even in art history, are the ones who had courage and maybe even madness to follow their own path. So why is it hard to teach values like individuality and creativity? How much creativity is too much?
Are we afraid kids will suffer from being different? Can we not help but to always put safety first? Even if doesn’t correlate to happiness? I can’t say I know for sure, as one must have kids to say, but I can imagine it’s hard enough to raise a calm child, let alone a rebel. Can a person be a rebel and still respect the rules? Some leaders might be able to live in society, even when they are ahead of their time, without self destruction, breaking with just enough rules to make an impact.
But if we want society to move forward faster, if we want more science breakthroughs, more technological innovations we must embrace rebellions, even philosophical ones. We must require children to paint outside the lines, to think for themselves, that is ok to disagree, even with your own parents. It doesn’t mean it’s ok to be disrespectful or mean, teach them the balance between getting what you want while being nice to others. Want an example? The painter Manet, he was a rebel on the inside, but kept an impeccable appearance, passing as a role model to anyone on the street while innovating in his studio.
So much can be said about this, and I am very passionate about the subject but this will do for now.
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