Tuesday, December 15, 2009

You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven

“Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel? You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children.”

~ Pablo Picasso

(Photos from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)


Khulud Khamis said...

Indeed reality is sad. Every day, I tell my daughter that she is special. Every day, I tell her that even the sky is not a limit. I share with her my work for social justice, and she comes with me to feminist events and learns not that "two and two make four" but that she has the capacity to make a world of difference. Not when she grows up, but now.
Thanks for sharing this quote with us.

Rebecca Snavely said...

Khulud - your daughter is so fortunate to have a strong, smart, loving and encouraging mother. I always need reminders of the need to make the world a better place, now. Thanks for your thoughts.