Rabu, 09 Mei 2012

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum

"I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death."
--All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum

I am actually not sure whether this book will useful for you or not. But I will tell you this - one of the most delightful things I had read in a long time, and a thing I have tried to memorize, is Fulghum's wonderful list:

"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 into 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 us. And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK…"

Morality. We all learn about small things that referred to morality teachings, but sometimes we forget those small things in our daily life. Even when we are getting older, the day when we think we are good enough to live as mature person. Fulghum does a nice job of exploring simple things from a profound and thoughtful perspective to gently guide the reader to wisdom. His writing style is simple and direct. I found myself reading with a pencil in hand, underlying passages and phrases I wanted to remember, and writing notes about my thoughts on his thoughts in the margins. It was a delightful read!