Questions in Life

Do you find it strange that teachers seem to know what to teach children, but rarely follow that directive themselves?

Year in and year out I corrected papers with this rhyme:

I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
— Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) (Just So Stories (1902) “The Elephant’s Child”)

So it is with life’s lessons:
Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,
2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:
3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers (Matthew 23:1-4).

2 thoughts on “Questions in Life

  1. Hello Beth.
    It was often said by my mother, please listen, look and learn attentively to your elders. This I did! Then she would add, but don’t do everything that they do. I was somewhat perplexed by her remark, though soon realised that sometimes people’s thoughts, words and actions were good and acceptable, whilst others were a far cry from reality. Thus a lesson learned at a very young age.

    1. Little ones trust everybody. It is a sad day when they find they cannot trust some people.
      I have been sad watching some little ones do their best to obey and yet the examples set before them show in so many ways, that some adults cannot be followed.

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