We Will Have Reformed Something

by beccaborrelli


Saul Steinberg… 1948

When children gaze at thoughts in their minds as directly as they gaze at movies on a screen…

And hear those thoughts as readily and easily as they hear a friend laugh, or a baby cry…

When they dissect personal fears as well as an amphibian’s insides, the form of a paragraph, or the components of an equation…

When they mold and shape personal attitude with the same fine motor skill as clay pinch pots…

When they identify dreams for their life with as much accuracy as themes from a scholarly article…

When their minds sound as quiet as a classroom during state mandated testing…

When a scraped knee, death of a pet, teasing from a peer, lyric from a song, or a ray of sunshine is as educative, powerful and relevant as a grade, gold star, or award…

When they entertain contrasting perspectives on life with the ease they entertain contrasting verb tenses…

When they navigate internal worlds at the same level as the external…

When creating their thoughts is as imperative as creating a product…

When children look back in absolute horror, unable to imagine spending six hours a day without conscious, concerted, consistent daily experiences in connecting, listening, studying, working and creating in collaboration with their inner selves….

Then…

We will have reformed something.

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