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  • In lots of ways grown ups can seem very impressive.

  • But there is a big secret about them: they don't know everything.

  • Usually an adult only knows about a few things.

  • One adult might know a lot about trees or car engines,

  • but know very little about how a phone really works or what happened long ago.

  • Another might know a lot about books or electricity - but very little about Antarctica or sport.

  • In fact there are lots and lots of things - even quite important things - that no grown-ups know.

  • No-one really understands how to make cities very nice, for instance. If they did know all the cities in the world would be lovely.

  • But most of them are not.

  • No-one knows the best way to run a school - that's why there are lots of schools in the world that aren't very nice and why not every teacher is wonderful.

  • This isn't because grown-ups are stupid but because the problems are so difficult.

  • If you want to see a grown-up looking confused you could ask them what time is

  • - not what is the time (they will probably know that!) - but what is time itself?

  • or why are some jokes funnier than others or does a dog know that it's a dog?

  • They just won't really know. No one knows too well!

  • Grown-ups disagree about a lot of things. How should the country be run? What should we do about pollution? Who should get the biggest salaries?

  • You can yourself have conversations about these things and it doesn't matter if you don't know for sure - because grown-ups don't know either.

  • Grown-ups do know a lot. But - and it's important to keep reminding yourself of this - they're often very unsure about a lot of really important things in their own lives.

  • They can seem very impressive: they've got a job, they are married to someone, maybe they go on work trips to other countries in huge planes.

  • But maybe inside they don't really know why they got married to this person (maybe it would have been better with someone else);

  • they wonder if they should be doing a different job; they feel confused about how they've ended up having to work so hard so much of the time.

  • Perhaps they don't know if this would be a good time to move house or where it would be good to go on holiday.

  • They feel they have to make a lot of big decisions but they don't know if they are making the right ones.

  • That's why they frown a lot, and get snappy.

  • One day, you will be a grown up too. And the strange thing is that you won't feel so very different from the way you do now.

  • You'll still be you - though you'll have big shoes and will have learnt how to drive a car and will be able to stay up till very late.

  • But there will still be lots of things you don't know.

  • It's good to have a little part of your brain that constantly keeps in mind that there a lots of important things that grown-ups don't know.

  • This doesn't mean that adults are silly. But it's quite nice to imagine they they have thinking-problems too.

  • It can make some of them seem a little less frightening. It makes you feel a bit sorry for them.

  • It makes you see that actually you're not so different - and that you too have things to contribute.

  • We can actually be quite nice to each other when we realise that we're all faced with similar problems.

  • And we can all have a go at thinking - which is what ends up making the whole world cleverer.

  • Our perspective cards feature tools for a wiser calmer perspective on life they help to restore calm and clarity even during difficult times.

In lots of ways grown ups can seem very impressive.

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誰も知らない (No One Really Knows)

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    林宜悉 に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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