How cool would it have been had Pixar’s short before the film Brave been about a trio of women instead of men? It was still wonderful, but I’m just saying… (Spoilers to follow.)
The short “La Luna” is about three generations of people who clean the moon. A grandfather, his son, and his son all paddle their boat out on a lake, then climb a ladder to the moon—which is covered in gorgeous sparkling stars! Once they sweep the stars from the moon, the moon can wane into its phases, which is both beautiful and whimsical all at once.
The father and the grandfather both have their own ways of doing things—which plays well into the theme of the movie Brave, too. They bestow the little boy with his own cap, but then argue over how he should wear it. The boy tries copying them both, using their actions as his own—but they just don’t seem to fit. The two offer him their own cleaning tools and they, too, don’t work well with him.
When a gigantic star hits the moon, the two men aren’t sure how to deal with it. Ultimately it is the boy, with his imaginative mind, who breaks the star into thousands of tiny stars, making it able to be dealt with easily. He also tilts his hat backwards as his own style. Once they descend from the moon, you can see the smiling moon and it’s an inspiring image of how we should be with our children.
Rather than not listening to children and their new ideas, we need to respect them and acknowledge that it is indeed their new ways of thought and their imaginations that will ultimately be what saves us as human beings from the perils and problems that we created. Instead of telling them to obey, to stay in line, and to memorize facts, we should be encouraging their creativity and inspiring new ways of thought.
Imagine if instead of making so many children memorize for test-taking for so many years we instead let them dream, play, and make mistakes—much like Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein and so many other great thinkers were able to do. Would we have the same problems we face now? I honestly don’t know, but my guess would be no—that we’d be much better off by now, or at least be on the way to solving greenhouse gas issues and poverty.