As infants, our landlord for the previous 9 months begins to chart our development and growth since inception. (For all the future offense takers: you did “reside” in the womb for 9 months)

Here’s the thing; Human development is a lifelong process of physical, behavioral, cognitive, and emotional growth. In the early stages of life—from infancy to childhood, childhood to adolescence, and adolescence to adulthood—a complete metamorphosis takes place.

Scientists and researchers have found (this statement is often used in situations/arguments when you are failing miserably to prove your point), that the level of development corresponds to the age of the child. A lot of research (yes, again) has gone into understanding that the environment and the exposure the child gets at this tender age when the brain is developing is cardinal. In other words, the input determines the output (Eureka!).

The above information along with Lilliputian amount of common sense would invariably lead you to believe that the degree of the knowledge to be imparted to a child would be based primarily on his/her age. (If you still disagree, scroll up. Warning: You’re about to enter a vicious cycle.)

From a literary standpoint I sensed a discrepancy in the above statements. I began to notice a gap, a void, which was not being filled. Children were being exposed to literature, far ahead of their years or their level of understanding. The medium of representation may have varied from movies or books, but one thing was very evident: The knowledge bombs were not congruent with the age of the child.

For those who are wondering, dropping a knowledge bomb entails the act of completely blowing someone’s mind with a vast bombardment of information on the subject at hand.

Allow me to explain. Let’s take a sneak peek into this conversation between Mr. UVW (Why should XYZ have all the fun?) and his Shrink. Our protagonist Mr. UVW is going through the notorious quarter life crisis.

Mr. UVW: I just broke up with my girl-friend of 5 years; I thought she was the one. I can’t eat, sleep or breathe (in that exact order). Life has lost meaning. I keep getting flashbacks of the moments we shared.

(Heads up: Our Shrink only answers by Quoting people or events.)

Shrink:  “Oh Yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.” [1] “You got to let go of that stuff from the past, because it just doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is what you choose to be now.”[2]

Mr. UVW: It’s easy for you to say (quote in this case). I have to endure this anguish, this grief, this despondent fate, not you!!

Shrink: “Our fate lives within us. You only have to be brave enough to see it.”[3] “If you focus on what has been left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead.”[4] “The very things that hold you down are going to lift you up.”[5]

Mr. UVW: You know what is the icing on this irksome cake? ; The fact that I just got fired from my job one week ago. My unreasonable and inhumane boss could not have chosen a better time frame. I cannot even divert my mind with work.

Shrink: “Your mind is like water, my friend. When it is agitated, it becomes difficult to see. But if you allow it to settle, the answer becomes clear.”[6]

Mr. UVW: But what am I supposed to do now? I don’t have a job? My career is going nowhere? I am going to run out of money soon! (Your hourly fees aren’t helping me either.) No. Don’t ask me to follow my hobby and passions. Don’t go all chase your dreams on me!

Shrink: “If you work on something long enough you will find it, even if you are lost for a while you will find it.”[7] “There are no accidents.”[8] “One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it.”[9]   “Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it.” [10]

Mr. UVW: But…

(Bell rings, session time over)

Shrink: (Sorry, your time for today is up. I will continue with the money extracting next time.) Until then, remember: “Life’s not a spectator sport. If watching is all you’re going to do, then you’re going to watch your life go by without you!”[11] “When life gets you down, do you know what you’ve got to do? Just Keep Swimming!”[12] “Like so many things, it’s not what’s outside, but what is inside that counts.”[13]

 References from the “Quote-full” Shrink (who you will now realize was simply an animated movie buff in disguise):

[1] The Lion King

[2], [6], [8], [9] The Kung Fu Panda

[3] Brave

[4] Ratatouille

[5] Dumbo

[7] Epic

[10] Tangled

[11] The Hunchback of Notre Dame

[12] Finding Dory

[13] Aladdin

 

I hope the intention behind making this tête-à-tête public has been proven. (For those who are still confused, scroll up. Warning: you’re about to enter a vicious cycle.)

On a serious note, the above mentioned animated movies are the epitome of knowledge bombs! Sadly enough for them, they have the wrong audience. A child attending kindergarten will treat these bombs no different from the way they treat the Bob-ombs on Super Mario!

I implore the movie makers to change their target age group from 2-5 years, and to further advance it from 2-69 years (69 being the average life expectancy in India), so that these knowledge bombs can be rewarded for their diligence!

Taking this one step further and addressing the rapid readers we were forced to read during our school days.

(Yes, those books which helped us discover two things:

  1. The meaning of how magical a synopsis is.
  2. Google knows everything. Especially when you have a book report to submit the next morning and you don’t know the name of the author.)

I implore the governing bodies who dictate the literary content we read in our school days. Out of respect to Wuthering Heights, Treasure Island, Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, to the works of William Wordsworth (Solitary Reaper, Daffodils), Robert Frost and all those poems and excerpts we had to mug up; we had to learn by heart, only because we did not have the maturity and intellect to see them for what they are.

I implore to whomsoever it may concern:

Kindly Classify the Knowledge Bombs according to Age Group!

 

(Shrink: “To Infinity and Beyond!” [14]

Reference:

[14] Toy Story)

(The Shrink always has the last word.)

 

(Or you could leave a comment and have the last word yourself.)

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