Thrilled when Bonnie Berman, co-host of WLRN Miami/South Florida’s widely listened-to public radio program ‘Topical Currents’ pointed out during my on-air appearance that The Philosophy of Childing is not a parenting book.
Rather, Bonnie stressed, it is a book in which any and all readers can learn how more fully how to flourish and thrive at every age and stage of life — but that to do so, we must look to kids as our equals in the enterprise, that we have to join forces with them, tap into our unique strengths (and weaknesses) if we’re to be all we can be during our mortal moment.
Then the $64,000 question is: How do we get adults to genuinely do this?
One widely known and praised person whom I admire a great deal for his civic empowerment efforts kicked me off his Twitter page when I dared suggest that he include kids as equals in his initiatives. Rather, he has activities for youth, and activities for adults, and hardly do the twain meet — a type of separation that to me smacks of an ingrained prejudice towards kids and their abilities.
It never ceases to amaze and disappointment me that even those people (and the programs they preside over) who consider themselves and are branded as the most progressive among us (including Democracy Now) will not give the time of day to the prospect that our children and youth deserve to be part of those ringing, rabble-rousing words in our Declaration, that “all men (all humans) are create equal.”
So it’ll be up to us everyday adults who may not be nationally known but are pervasively concerned about the state and straits of the way we govern and are being governed, about the way we educate one another, about the way we interact with one another, to join forces.
We can become an unstoppable force to see to it that ours is a world in which one and all — especially our youngest and oldest, who tend to be our most marginalized — not only have greater rights to self-determination (including equal rights to participation in the civic sphere), but in which conditions are such that we can exercise those rights early and often.