All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I 
learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school 
mountain, but there in the sandpile at Sunday School. These are the things 
I learned:

Share everything.
Play fair.
Don't hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don't take things that aren't yours.
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Flush.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life--learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing 
and dance and play and work every day some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and 
stick together.
Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: The 
roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but 
we are all like that.
Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the 
Styrofoam cup--they all die. So do we.
And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you 
learned--the biggest word of all--LOOK.

Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love 
and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living.

Take any one of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult 
terms and apply it to your family life or your work or your government or 
your world and it holds true and clear and firm. Think what a better world 
it would be if we all--the whole world--had cookies and milk about three 
o'clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or 
if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where 
they found them and to clean up their own mess.

And it is still true, no matter how old you are-- when you go out into the 
world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

--Robert Fulghum

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