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Rohit Daniel

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We should include a subject on human relationships and emotions, probably called Human Science, in the core curriculum of our schools.

All of the world's problems stem from our failure to understand our emotions and feelings, and also our failure to understand the nuances of human relationships. If we can only teach our children how to make and maintain meaningful relationships, most of our problems would disappear to a large extent.

Agreed that there will still be exceptional cases where, in spite of the right emotional nurture, certain individuals will still make the wrong choices in life, but we can't ignore the huge difference in the life of millions! Just image, fewer divorces, fewer failures in love, fewer broken hearts, and certainly lesser crime!

We are teaching our children to be better doctors, engineers and other professions, but unfortunately we are missing out the main aspect of their upbringing: Being Human! Perhaps there was a time when we did not need to have to teach our children to be human, but seeing how capitalism has effectively dehumanized us, I strong believe it's time we start teaching our children how to be human and humane once again.

Your views on the subject will be truly insightful for me and also everyone on TED.


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  • Sep 24 2013: I think to be human again means we must become a child...not childish but as a child. What do I mean by this? First that we begin to re-ignite creativity within us. This is not authentically achieved unless we add "wonder" to this. A child's creativity begins with wonder which in turn ignites creativity. Yet when a child starts with wonder, this pulls others into the experience. Think of walking with a small child and how they stop to examine everything and then the millions of questions that draw you into relationship with them. The adult in us feels we must always have the answer but if we can connect with our own inner child then we will connect with theirs as well. The "fact" that the sky is blue is not nearly as interesting as "how" blue it is.
    My wife and I have decided that when our kids begin to give us grand children and they come for a visit, that we will always have a mystery to look at. The solving part is not as important as the discovery part. When as adults we create avatars of ourselves this is not discovery this is an attempt to hide from ourselves. Children so wonderfully assume that everyone is on their team and cares about them. Although this poses risks for safety and I am not suggesting blind trust and acceptance, I am advocating for developing ways that build interest in all tht is around us including others and just as we accept that the grass is green we learn to wonderfully accept others without the limitations of expectations.

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