Monday, November 14, 2011

Open Letter to Children

Dear Children,

I like being with children and talking to them and, even more, playing with them. If you were with me, I would love to talk to you about this beautiful world of ours, about flowers, trees, birds, animals, stars, mountains, glaciers and all the other beautiful things that surround us in the world. We have all this beauty all around us and yet we, who are grown-ups, often forget about it and lose ourselves in our arguments or in our quarrels. We sit in our offices and imagine that we are doing very important work.

I hope you will be more sensible and open your eyes and ears to this beauty and life that surrounds you. Can you recognize the flowers by their names and the birds by their singing? How easy it is to make friends with them and with everything in nature, if you go to them affectionately and with friendship.

Grown-ups have a strange way of putting themselves in compartments and groups. They build barriers... of religion, caste, color, party, nation, province, language and customs and of rich and poor. Thus they live in prisons of their own making. Fortunately, children do not know much about these barriers, which separate. They play and work with each other and it is only when grow up that they begin to learn about these barriers from their elders. I hope you will take a long time in growing up...

Footnote:

Above one is an open letter to children of the world by Jawaharlal Nehru through a publication in year 1949, 3rd December. Today marks his birth anniversary, which is celebrated as Children Day in India.

14 comments:

ashok said...

so meaningful...nice of you to share on this day...

kalaiselvisblog said...

thanks 4 sharing buddy... well said...

Meow said...

beautiful letter for this generation kids Jeevan :)

Meow said...

good that you've put up this.... otherwise this gen kids would've forgotten who is Nehru.....

Kavi said...

Thanks for sharing Jeevan ! Its so meaningful ! After all these years

venus66 said...

Thank you for sharing Jeevan.

Krishna said...

nice remembrance and thanks for sharing on the occasion of Children's day.

Also thanks for leaving inspiring comment on my new blog post

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Very well written.....didn't know of its existence until now....thanks for sharing.

Ash said...

This is beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing this Jeevan!

sm said...

thoughtful letter

Jeevan said...

Thanks for sharing too guys :)

cyclopseven said...

truth speaks strongly through this letter. Thanks Jeevan.

eden said...

What a nice letter! We don't have Children Day in the Phils. thank you for sharing.

Kalyan said...

Nice reading it once again.