Question: The number of children and adolescents diagnosed with depression, attention deficit disorder, and hyperactivity disorder, problems with concentration, memory, and sleep is growing rapidly. Children are less and less happy.
Psychologists believe that the problem is that children have been deprived of the opportunity to play. We are not talking about computer games. Playing games is a space of freedom, where children themselves set the rules, develop skills of independence, courage, overcoming difficulties, and so on.
Today, this space is growing smaller and smaller; computers, schools, and society are stealing it from children. Playgrounds are empty. No one knows what it is to play hide-and-seek, blind man’s bluff, and so on, the games we used to play.
What is so important about a game?
Answer: Communication! Communication between children, of children with each other, is a necessary, absolutely necessary state of growing up.
Of course, it has to be through the game. All of life is a game. We also play, but our games are different. When children stay at home and do not communicate with others, even assembling Legos or another building set, or even some kind of supercomputer, they will grow up unhappy. They do not have normal, natural communication with their own kind in childhood.
We must develop through the same stages as all of nature has developed: inanimate, vegetative, animate, and human. That is, we must give a person all these four stages of development in his childhood so that the child crawls, so that he gets dirty, so that he scratches his knees, so that he explores something around him. We should not sit him on the couch. Let him make everything, everything he can, out of planks, out of bricks, out of chairs. I remember we assembled a car out of chairs.
And it is imperative that he does it not alone, but with other children.
Question: If we take it away from children now, to what future will all this lead?
Answer: To a very ugly one. These are children who are born without any communication skills, who have no natural development.
We, as kids, had a large playground, there was a large German Shepherd named Gelz. I rode it like a horse when I was little. Communication with other children was constant, the game was constant.
I remember every time I was forced to go to music school, I looked at the children who were going to play, and I had to go to music school with this big folder of sheet music!
Question: So your conclusion is a game, but how to introduce it today? What to do today in the current stalemate?
Answer: I do not know. We are doing everything to rebuild our entire world for computers.
This is not right. I see that children do not leave the house.
Comment: Do we need to restructure the entire school, educational, and parental system?
My Response: All of them should be built for the development of communication! The development of communication can be in the game, in dancing, in collective sports.
Everything else is not a sport. It is only the development of egoism.
Question: Can someone just start restructuring all of it?
Answer: First, we need to describe it. We need people who want to describe it all. Then you can already push it somewhere, promote it, and publish it. So that people will start reading, discussing. But it all has to start with a simple description of to where we have come.
Egoism will lead us into even deeper wilds.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 11/18/21