We don’t pay attention to the creation of the environment in which a child can find out about himself. If the parents and teachers are really concerned that the child should discover what he is, who he is, they won’t force him to do this and that; they will create an environment in which the child will eventually come to know himself. Children cannot do this by themselves because they are dominated by some authority and they do what they have been asked to do mostly.
This is the same case with the adults and older people too. People who compete with the dominating authorities try to break that dominion and they come out of it sooner or later. But if parents and teachers create an environment in which they encourage the children by saying “let us work it out together” and do all the work with them what they used to do, it’d certainly save them from the combats of their lives to come.
It’s difficult to create such an environment in which the child can have the knowledge of himself; but not impossible. It involves the parents, the teachers, and the children themselves, then all of them together can create a right kind of environment.
Lets take an example. Children normally ask so many questions to everybody whom they get in touch with. It’s easy to answer their questions which are related to normal life and make a joke with them about the other silly questions. But we get scared to answer them when they ask us about death, about ghosts, about war, about protests, and such other similar things. There are a variety of other questions that they ask time to time and find no answer.
It’s correct that they don’t have the ability to understand all that strange and extraordinary facts of life at such a low age but the question here is that how did they reach to the point of asking such questions. We must be well organized not to let them uncover the harshness. The best thing to let them understand the cruelty of life is to let them read it or to have read to some story book. We must think about the meaninglessness things in life, how to tackle them and how to keep our families stay away. Early life sorrows can crush the grown-up minds.