PLAYING SAFE

In a TED talk Sir Ken Robinson, Author and Educator, points out to children being naturally creative but we educate them out of it. He goes on to explain through a story that children are not afraid of being wrong, of making a mistake. His take? You cannot be creative if you want to play safe, which is what we educate them to be. Kids stop being creative because we educate them to be safe!

How true, I thought to myself, that we want our children to be safe rather than being who they are meant to be! The words with which we bombard our children daily are: Don’t do that you will get hurt! Don’t touch that you will get hurt! Don’t jump from there you will get hurt!… We inculcate in our children a mentality of fear of hurt, that they learn to protect themselves, first! We teach and train them to play safe!

We inculcate in them a culture of fear and then when they grow up, we complain that they are not risk takers! We nurture cowardice rather than fearless experimentation, then we crib that they don’t achieve anything! We kill their creativity and then reject them for being mediocre! We train them to play safe and then target them for lacking talents or the will to challenge the norm! We program them to be afraid of taking up challenges, then weep when they commit suicide! We adapt them to being so afraid of social stigma that they fear to be pioneers and pathbreakers! We teach them to play safe when we should be training them to take risks and break routines!

We inculcate a horror of being a stand-alone that they are afraid to break the mold to walk in freedom! We have boxed them with our insecurities rather than teaching them to think outside-the-box! We make them mindless robots sticking strictly to routine rather than imaginative researchers who delight to explore! We have cut their sprouting wings making them chickens rather than eagles that were born to fly. We want them to play safe around our feet rather than fly high and far and wide!

We need to blame ourselves for their lack of enterprise, for we have fostered in them a culture of education rather than an OS of adventurous creativity!

Don’t get me wrong, for I am not talking of lawless breaking of rules nor being a rebel of society. I am advocating instruction in ingenuity and creativity rather than confining safety!

If Edison had worried about playing safe, he wouldn’t have invented the electric bulb after ninety-nine failed attempts! Every inventor and explorer battled adversity before achieving their goal. We who laud their fulfillment forget that self-actualizing success doesn’t attract the fickle-minded but the beautifully bold!

I think of the One Who set the example the most by being unconventional and unorthodox. – Jesus Christ the Champion of the marginalized! He went about getting the captives free by tearing down confining walls, breaking out of boxing fetishes, challenging the norm and the normal. In His bid for freedom to all, He consistently broke down barriers, went past social stigmas and ruthlessly beat down the opposition as a true Liberator. Je ended up on the cross because He refused to play safe!

He never bothered being under attack for being singular, but even taught His followers to be so by life and example. His one word to the one disciple wanting to step out of the boat was a simple ‘come’. He encouraged Peter in his impetus impulse rather than stop him from adventuring into the unknown. The One Whose Word lists 365 fear-nots, one for every day, gave his apprentice a lesson in boldness. On the strength of His word, Peter walked in the water that day, experiencing a thrill that no one before or after him had, singling and signalling him to be a leader. Real leadership crowns the atypical rather than the fainthearted or those playing safe!

Paeidia, from which comes the English word Encyclopedia, is the Greek word for education. Paeidia should be to fit our children for what they have been created to be, fitted for and equipped to accomplish rather than teaching them to fear. Life should be taught as being a gift of, in and for exploration and adventure!

Education or Paeidia should be for instruction in self-actualizing rather than in playing safe!

*Thanks to lauren lulu taylor for making this photo available freely on @unsplash ūüéĀ https://unsplash.com/photos/vppMdk_GMo4

*TED talk link https://www.facebook.com/TED/videos/10162300976450652/

HIDDEN STRENGTH

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"Where shall we go for our vacation this year?"
"Singapore & Malaysia - Sentosa Island, Petronas Towers, Batu Caves, 
cable car ride to Genting Highlands..." 
"Let's do Disney World, USA. 
Better still, let's visit the Middle Kingdom in New Zealand!"
"Mom has that look on her face!"
"Cappadocia in Turkey".
"So weird!"
"Cappadocia is famous for underground cities in natural volcanic formations. 
Early Christians formed them to hide from their Roman invaders. 
It's a beautiful historical place."
"What else?"
"Song from Rajini movie Chandramukhi was shot there!"
"Then let's go there!" (Clamorous clapping)
"That explains your secret smile!"
"I know my kids!"

*This week’s photo prompt reminded me of three things:

1. Proverbs 30: 24-28

24“Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise: 25 Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer; 26 Hyraxes are creatures of little power, yet they make their home in the crags; 27 locusts have no king, yet they advance together in ranks; 28 a lizard can be caught with the hand, yet it is found in kings’ palaces.

2.  Cappadocia 

Here the Romans tortured the first Christians. Religious cave paintings display evidence of early Christianity. These caves were also used as hiding places. This is the most unique natural environment in Turkey with its magical, fairy like landscape. Mount Erciyes, previously known as Argaeus, is only 50 km away to the south of Cappadocia is a former volcano. The previously violent eruptions of the volcano caused sedimentation of large quantities of ash layers in whole area. The ash layers were solidified during the following centuries, at the same time rivers and brooks gouged grooves and wind and rains eroded the top level in different shapes and depth. The result was the cone structures here and there and sometimes a large group of them concentrated in one area. Some of them hide below a harder stone hat, under which they can better resist erosion.
At the bottom of these stone formations and cones, churches, cathedrals, homes and storage facilities were hewn out. During the early ages of Christianity, this place was a refuge for first Christians of Asia Minor. More recently, the area was a safe-haven for the Christians, under the threat of Muslim Arabs, between 7th and 13th centuries. There are hundreds of churches carved on rock formations in the area. Urgup, Goreme, Zelve, Avanos, Soganli, Derinkuyu, Kaymakli, Ihlara Valley, Cavusin, Pasabag, Ortahisar, Uchisar are among the famous places with large numbers of early Christian settlements and churches in Cappadocia region. It is also known that St. Paul established one of the first Christian colonies in this region with his followers.

3. FILM SHOOTING LOCALE

Ah the magical Cotton Castle hot springs of Turkey is truly a romantic place to bask into. The movie that ran for more than a 1000 days made it’s mark on Pamukkale and Cappadocia to shoot a song for Chandramukhi. https://blog.pickyourtrail.com/5-locations-every-rajini-fan-must-visit/
Cappadocia hosts world-renowned movies: http://www.hotel-in-cappadocia.com/en/cappadocia/important-facts/filmset-cappadocia.html
A total of 265 state and private TV stations from 45 countries have shot either documentaries of films in Cappadocia in the last 15 years. The Cappadocia region in central Anatolia, famous for natural wonders such fairy chimneys and caves, has become the focus of attraction for both international and Turkish TV producers¬†(Statement issued by the¬†NevŇüehir Museum¬†Directorate).
Cappadocia has hosted several famous movies over the last 15 years, its attraction aided by its magnificent natural beauty, historic and religious sites and underground cities. Among them were “Medea,” in which the leading role was played by world-famous soprano Maria Callas, ”Monsieur Ibrahim et les Fleurs Du Coran,” with famous actor Omar Sharif and “L’Empire des Loups¬†/ Empire of the¬†Wolves”¬†which included famous French actor¬†Jean Reno.

I combined these in to my account! If you know Indians (and Asians) you will understand the film craze and especially the craze for one particular actor!

*Friday Fictioneers is talented group of enthusiasts penning down a story, a poem, a prose, etc.,  expressing their heart about a photo prompt, every week. Thanks for this week’s beautiful photo prompt © CEAyr