This incident happened a few weeks back, but it’s been such a whirlwind of a month that I’ve only got the opportunity to blog about it now. So the conversation a four-year-old student and myself went something like this:
Kid: P-I-G, pig.
Me: That’s right.
Kid: The pig is pink.
Me: Yes, that’s a pink pig.
Kid: But pig green.
It took me a second to realise that like most other children of this generation, he is very familiar with the world of Angry Birds. And as we all know, little roly-poly green pigs are the villains of this world. I don’t know about you, but previously I didn’t think too deeply about it. It’s just a game, isn’t it?
However, this little incident got me thinking a little about the impact of seemingly insignificant things. Our reality, how we perceive the world is very much shaped by our experiences. Back when it was popular belief that the world was flat, this was what people believed to be real, this was how they saw the world. So if the only pigs that this kid has ever seen are of the green variety, is this how he sees the world, a world of green pigs? Paging Dr. Seuss! We’ve found a sustainable source of green eggs and ham!
If the experiences we’ve had were absurd, then would that make the absurd a reality?
Anyway, like I said, it got me thinking a little. And in case you were wondering, yes, it was my solemn duty to let the kid know that pigs aren’t green. We’re clear for now, until someone comes along with a game featuring flying pigs. And if pigs could fly… well let’s not go there.