Hello all. I didn’t plan on writing a post tonight but a lot of the material I get is from my day to day life. So when this happened today, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to write about it in the form of a little story. Here goes…
“Once upon a time there were 23 school age children and 4 teachers that walked to a park for a class trip. The children decided to play hide & seek when all of a sudden one of the boys who was hiding in a bush came out running. He was getting stung by bees.
Soon all of the children and the teachers were running from a boat load of bees chasing them around at the park. Many of them are now getting stung.
Does empathy for all include insects? Is it because a bug is so small in comparison to us and considered pests that our empathy might not extend to them?
This week I stepped in for a teacher to go get some water. I was only outside with the children for a few minutes when I noticed most of the group was over at the bushes. I went over to see what they were doing. This is when I saw a girl ripping the wings off of a beetle. I was shocked! This was our conversation…
Me: What are you doing, did you just rip his wings off? Girl: Yes. Me: Why? Girl: Because they’re eating our plants and making holes in them. Me: So you’re ripping their wings off for that? Girl: Yes, gardeners say to do this. Me: What? I have never heard of such a thing. What gardeners? Girl and other students: All gardeners. They’re killing all of our plants, bushes, and trees so they’re killing us. Me: They are not killing us. We don’t rip the wings off of insects, that’s cruel. That would be like someone ripping your arms off. Another girl: So, I wouldn’t care.
Group of kids went to picnic table and were all talking about it, I went over to listen and then intervened.Continue reading →