Adora Svitak is a 12 year old child prodigy who has been blogging and writing since the age of 7. She also travels around the United States speaking with adults and children advocating literacy. Recently she was asked to speak for Ted about her “childish” views. Adora believes that the adult world needs to act more childish with bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. She claimed that adults are so hampered down with restrictions were no longer aim for wild goals. As adults we have focused so much on what failed in history that we assume these tried utopias are not longer possible. For example as kids we dreamed of everything being free and available for everyone, we now know that would not work. We know that if everything were free our resources would be quickly depleted and our work force would be crushed. However, does that mean we should stop dreaming for the utopia?
I really enjoyed this TED video despite the fact that the girl had an obnoxious voice (sorry). There is a lot of truth, though, in this video. As I am getting ready to enter the real world the vanishing of my childhood become more and more apparent. I’ve noticed that lately I have been saying “I can’t” way more than I used to and I am starting to develop a more pessimistic attitude. Before the world was full of possibilities and now I feel like doors are closing rapidly around me. But Adora makes a good point, are these doors actually closing or did I just stop dreaming big enough? So I would have to follow Adora Svitak and say to all the adults out there think creatively and dream bigger; it can’t hurt.