weeks ago, Iíve noticed that I can't join the conversation of my grandson
and his father, my son-in-law: day by day, before and after the
pre-school, daylong on weekends: many strange names, some of them
vaguely familiar, and very often the grandsonís question
"is he a good guy" or "is he a bad guy" Then I
recognized the Star Wars terminology, primarily from the names of
battleships and starfighters. I even browsed through the two Star
Wars comic books of my grandson - but I did not join the
grandson, age 5, is a smart and very inquisitive boy. For the last
two summers we spent together, Iíve tried my best to answer his
numerous questions "why" and "what",
"why" in particular. However, the Star Wars story stuck
me, at first, as an inappropriate upbringing environment for his
age. He is so deeply immersed in the story, his Star Wars comic
books are his main literature, his current toys include Imperial
Star Destroyer, Tie Interceptor, B-wing Starfighter, and some
other Star Wars vehicles I donít recognize. His "why"
questions go way beyond the story as presented in his comic books:
why the good guy turns into a bad gay or opposite, why some guys
have more power than others, why someone wants to conquer other
worlds, and so on. And he is persistent, any answer is likely to
rise more "why"s.
more I was thinking of it, however, the close I was to the
conclusion that the Star Wars story is more appropriate for my
grandson then the children stories my generation was exposed to.
Our stories were very simple, only a couple of characters, good
guys stayed always good, bad guys always bad, animals and objects
involved were rather limited personifications of humans,
practically no technics used. And the good guys always won. Not so
in the Star Wars story: a multitude of characters, animals and
robots on the level with humans, no one is spared of losing at
some stage in spite of superb technics. So, the Star Wars story,
although a sci-fiction story, is close to the contemporary social
reality then the children stories of my generation. And may have
high upbringing value.
again, shouldnít the children of early age be spared of the
aspects of social reality?