Jenny brought her big box of Legos to school so that she could play with them during recess. It was a rainy day so the kids stayed indoors. Jenny moved off to one corner and began to build something with her Legos.
Billy saw what she was doing. He kept glancing at her from across the room. Finally he headed toward her. He said, “Can I have some Legos?”
Jenny replied, “Sorry no. I will need all my Legos to build what I want to build. I was thinking about it all the way to school today. It’s going to be a really tall tower.”
Alternate ending A:
Billy pushed Jenny out of the way and grabbed two big handfuls of Legos. He then ran to the other corner and began to play. The teacher, seeing what happened, walked over to Billy and said, “Billy, we do not push other people and take their stuff.” She then returned Jenny’s Legos to Jenny, who proceeded to build her tower.
Billy learned that pushing people and stealing their stuff is wrong.
Alternate ending B:
Billy, seeing that he had no Legos and Jenny had a lot, went and told the teacher. The teacher came over and said, “Jenny, you have a lot of Legos and Billy has none. You should share your Legos.”
“But these are my Legos and I need all of them to build what I want to build.”
“Stop being selfish. If you do not give Billy some of your Legos I will not let you have recess the rest of the week.”
Jenny looked at the teacher. She looked at the Legos. Part of her realized she had very little power compared to the power the teacher had. She gave Billy two big handfuls. He went off to play and Jenny just spent the rest of recess thinking about what she could have built.
Billy learned that stealing is much better if you can get somebody else to do it for you. Especially somebody in authority.
Excellent. I prefer ending A, but of course in our current culture B is the one being taught and lived by the majority.
What is and what should never be…