Further proof that as adults we often, no, let me rephrase that, most of the time, we overcomplicate things that are really simple at heart, is the wisdom our 11 year old son put forth during a great conversation the family was having the other night.
We were talking about prejudice and different people getting along or not getting along for various reasons. And Lawrence decided to sum it all up. He said simply “There aren’t any different races of people unless you come from a different planet, otherwise we are all the same species.”
And there it was. I know most adults will start saying oh he’s just a kid and doesn’t understand yet what he’s talking about. I say the opposite is true. As adults we try too hard to make things more complicated than they need to be. As I wrote about the other day, there are studies and studies analyzing “race” and behavior and all sorts of things. Ridiculous. Save your money. A child can probably tell you all you need to know. Racism and prejudice is learned from the overthinking adults, who learned it from their parents. And then because we all believe this crap to be true, it is ingrained in us and we act accordingly. Truth becomes what we believe it to be, not what it really is.
But a kid hasn’t got all that built in yet. They aren’t corrupted yet. We should listen to them. Maybe we adults could learn a thing or two.