Eat, Pray, Love dan Taman Plastik

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Eat, Pray, Love (EPL) bicara tentang pengembaraan.

Bukan hanya Liz Gilbert yang mengalaminya (seharusnya), tapi juga tidak semua akan mulai mengalaminya. Pengembaraan akan bermula kalau kita dapat bicara dengan diri sendiri. Dan biasanya kita mulai bertanya kepada diri sendiri. Pertanyaannya adalah: kapankah kita mulai menoleh kepada diri sendiri?

Satu kenistaan yang kita lakukan adalah tidak melihat ke dalam, tapi ke luar diri kita.

Bahkan di saat akan menonton EPL, saya menyaksikan hal ini….

Saya dan seorang teman duduk di mezzanine, yang lantai bawahnya dimanfaatkan untuk artificial playground — taman bermain dari plastik berisi udara. Semula saya merasa trenyuh melihat playground itu. Oh, suatu saat anak-anak tidak akan pernah merasakan tekstur tanah dan pasir, tidak melihat pohon pisang sungguhan (di sana ada pohon-pohon pisang plastik), tidak menggerakkan tubuh dengan hirupan oksigen alami tapi AC. Continue reading

Prodigy Psychologist: The Gifted Child’s Curse

When children are labelled as “gifted” we like to think the world will be their oyster when they grow up. Be very careful, warns British psychologist Joan Freeman.

As she explains to Alison George, her 35 years of studying children with extraordinary abilities has revealed that the label has as many negatives as positives.

 

You have followed one group of gifted children for the past 35 years. Did they all go on to lead brilliantly successful adult lives?

No. Only a few rose to fame and fortune, and no matter how glittering their early prospects, they had to work extremely hard most of their lives to get there. There is a big difference between a gifted child and a gifted adult. A child is seen as gifted because they are ahead of their age peers, especially at school, while a “gifted” adult has to be seen to make a difference to the world.

How did you define a “gifted” child?

That’s the most difficult question. A gifted child is someone who is distinctly better at something than other children of the same age. Each one is something of a prodigy. While some can do anything brilliantly, whether it is sport, music or philosophy, others focus on a single area. The criteria for giftedness vary, not only with the culture, but with age. The people featured in my latest book, Gifted Lives, which investigates what happens when gifted children grow up, all had IQs above 160. Continue reading