Children know no malice – unacquainted as they are with the biases of religion, caste, race, or class. Little wonder then, children are considered purity personified. When a small street boy playfully shows a tennis ball to a baby inside a car through the window – for him, she’s just a baby who he can play with and the baby inside reciprocates with just as much glee and untainted affection.
In this moment, it’s just two young ones playing and joyful, and happy children make a happy world. Their worlds may be separated by the glass window but the toy unites the two, making the difference in class, caste, or even religion blur. For, these are things humans created, which tarnish our view of the world.
When children play, being rich or poor or coming from a different community becomes immaterial. Just like in our lives, the only thing that truly matters is that we love, respect and cherish each other. It’s being good that’s important. This goodness is defined by how much we value loving and being loved. When we put aside all that which makes us prejudiced, will we succeed in imparting the same values to children along with focusing on their happiness and well being, ensuring they are secure and well-smulated with knowledge and right values.
When children play, being rich or poor or coming from a different community becomes immaterial.
– SHWETA CHARI, COFOUNDER AND CEO, TOYBANK