Sri Sri's Plan For Happy Kids
File under: The Siddhi of PR
Operating under the delusion that he is an impressive and inspirational public speaker, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar trots around the globe giving speeches at conferences while shilling himself as a Nobel Peace Prize nominee. But recently he brought it all home to his Art of Living center in Bangalore for a conference on education. And what is Sri Sri's solution to the complex problem of education in the modern world? Keep the kids happy:
'Aren't we making education so dry that children find it difficult to assimilate?' he queried, referring to increasing cases of suicides and dejection among school children. 'We should make education happier! We must ponder over this.'Apparently, the problem has nothing to do with living in an increasingly complex society. We just aren't laughing enough:
'One says a child laughs about 400 times a day. By the time the child becomes an adolescent the number of times he or she laughs drops to just 17 times. And by the time adolescents become adult, they simply stop laughing.'Besides being a crock of shit loaded with his characteristic hyperbole, the fact is that living in the world is sometimes serious business. But since folks throw money at Sri Sri like it was confetti, we imagine he's come away with a rather skewed point of view, allowing him (and those dumb enough to follow him) to believe that facile pronouncements like these are the highest wisdom on planet.