The Best Thing I Saw Yesterday

This gives me some hope that things will be fine if we stay out of the way and let the kids do the right thing.

For those of you who believe in the axiom “Children should be seen and not heard”, should REALLY pay attention to seeing this moment and what was said.

6 thoughts on “The Best Thing I Saw Yesterday

  1. While it was a very nice sportsmanship gesture, it hardly is a testiment to letting the kids run amok without guidance. Seeing too much in a moment has its problems too. Good on them but don’t blow it out of proportion.

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    1. RE: “it hardly is a testiment to letting the kids run amok without guidance.”

      Yeah. When I was young, coaches typically enforced the kind of sportsmanship this story describes. It was a thing.

      Good on the kids here, but I’m struck by the fact their behavior is the exception, not the norm.


  2. Seeing as you both just love to play the role of contrarian, I will just say that even good news, when shared by someone you normally disagree with, just has to be downplayed.

    …” I’m struck by the fact their behavior is the exception”

    Then maybe you can look to the parents that tend to be on your side of any argument and not raising their children to do the right thing.

    As an example, when my son was in 5th grade, the school was having a “field day” event. A couple of his better friends was giving one of the special needs kids a hard time. My son got between them and explained that what they were doing was wrong and to knock it off. We were not present for this and the story was relayed to my wife and I by the special needs teacher whose daughter was friends with our daughter so we knew her outside of school.

    So, yes, if children are given the proper guidance and taught NOT to hate the “other”, they WILL do the right thing, without prompting.

    Rodgers and Hammerstein – “YOU Have t be Taught to Hate” South Pacific.


    1. I have written about that song before. My interpretation: In the context of the play, it is meant to be ironic. That is, it exposes the tragic flaw in the character who sings it. Were Lieutenant Cable properly capable of loving the island girl he courted, he would not have needed to rationalize his failure with pop psychology.

      BTW, the correct title is, “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught.”


      1. “My interpretation:”…

        Messrs.. Rodgers and Hammerstein are more likely to think that your interpretation is horseshit. (And I would agree with them even today)Being Jews in the 30’s and 40’s, they would have a much deeper understanding of how HATE is taught and how those who have that hate directed at them feel.

        Pop psychology? You want to continue to downplay that hatred, bigotry and racism are TAUGHT? Babies aren’t born hateful.


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