8 Mar
I have been known to berate children for their destructive tendencies.  I’d see a bunch of kids in Fort Liard ripping branches off trees and ask them how they’d feel if I started tearing their hair out.  To be honest, I can identify with how fun it is to tear something apart, but I like to think I’ve mastered myself enough to think through my actions and refrain from harmful hedonism.
Today while I was cooking supper I watched as Jade engaged in one of her favourite kitchen activities.  She opened the corner cupboard and started playing with the onions, which to her means peeling off the outside layers and sometimes tasting them, and also occasionally picking up whole onions and rolling them on the floor. 
As I watched her take apart the onion, I reflected that taking things apart and knocking things over is one of those things babies do automatically as they start learning about the world around them.  Just as a baby raven picks up every new object it sees to learn whether or not it is a source of food, a baby human pulls things apart, knocks things down, and generally makes a mess to see how things work.  So perhaps it is evolution that predisposes us to be destructive.
(And if that’s the case, we seem to be doing a pretty good job of fulfulling our evolutionary role, aren’t we? )

One Response to “Deconstructionist”

  1. Nemmy March 9, 2007 at 7:13 am #

    Don\’t onions make her cry? They make me cry…
    And on that note, I think I\’m gonna go put a hole in the wall. I wanna see what it\’s made of… 😀
    Oh right, I\’m old enough to know better… *sigh*

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