Adults are not wrong


Published on Nov 14, 2019


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A few weeks ago I read this article by Silvia Vecchini: an exhortation strong, decisive and direct to the adults!

And, in fact, come to think, the adults, and especially parents, in children's literature, especially recently, do not make a great figure: infantile, blind, surface, light, hurried...

Some of the counterpart, the children are exalted for their freedom, their spontaneity, their look... but it is reasonable to assume that children know how to move in the world beautifully, apart from the adults that them grow and train them? According to the thought of Silvia Vecchini this is not possible in the negative cases (the children's little patients are the children of adults with little patients) and I believe that this is also positive.

In how many albi the parental figures are presented as positive? Think about it!

In a mixture of my thoughts, I came across The great are never wrong. A read – data by the two authors, Davide Cali and Benjamin Chaud – was witty and irreverent. And in fact it is so. The text is a gallery of assumptions clearly described by images and that we can imagine proclaimed from the pulpit of some of the adult:

"The great do not imply any evil. They are never selfish. Do not shout never. And don't cry"

Of course, the images belie patently the text: adults who sbraitano, fight, curse, make jokes, lose patience, make tantrum... All of the faults traditionally attributed to the children's place in the adult world, riding the revenge of the little ones. The children, among other things, hide, page after page, among adults, the vicious, the observers, therefore, not only external to the story (the readers), but also internal (the characters).

"The great are always good. We should just take example from them. Or maybe not"

Benjamin Chaud locates subjects not only totally believable, but entertaining and convincing: women who fight for the boots in a store, fathers yelling, the pounding, lego, men who call every curse next to the broken car, little old men who cheat in chess... A gallery of errors, distortions, and rude behavior or over-the-top that everyone probably does, at least in part, in their own day.

The figures of the French artist, are hilarious and everyday, but with a touch of fairy-tale (the tiger in the garden, have you noticed?), create a climate of emotional quick-witted and sardonic.

The text is without a doubt make you laugh, it is ironic and very realistic and this could be an opportunity – for some adults – to reflect on one's own supposed infallibility, but in the end I was totally convinced of, because in the end, the condemnation of the error as if this destabilizzasse in irreparable damage to the one who does wrong? Then you're not an example.

Instead, I believe that in this field the simplifications can be used to laugh about it, exactly, but with a superficiality that avoids to consider the topic in its complexity.

The truth is that certainly the example and the life of the “great” are the teachers for each child, however, education must contemplate that even educators can be wrong. Yes, I think you can “preach on good and razzolar evil” (if not the practice): I can tell you what is the best way to go, I can accompany you, helping you to get the best out of you and despite everything, even I can make mistakes, be tired, scream, fail, love you, good as you deserve.

So instead of mockery and adults, because in this way he deresponsabilizziamo, asking children to be the good, the good, the capable, but without having anyone to look up to, with which to accompany himself, by which he is to be taken by the hand. Let's not list the errors of the great, assuming that they are not small, because when a small then sbaglierà will not be worth anything any more, crushed by that imperfection. Adults need to get back to the adults, for example, by watching their mistakes and going forward, in the certainty that there is forgiveness and the possibility of change at the same instant in which it becomes aware.

I read in this book is much more than what he wanted to say, of course, has been the opportunity for me to clarify my thoughts.

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