Carte blanche to Emilie Bibeau | Hello mother Philo

With their unique pen and their own sensibility, artists in turn present us with their vision of the world around us. This week we’re giving Emilie Bibeau carte blanche.

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Emily Bibeau

Sometimes life changes all of a sudden.

He was about to make that change two blocks away, but we didn’t see him coming.

Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear “, it seems.

A few years ago, in keeping with the biggest cliché of “when I least expected it,” I became a mother-in-law. A great role, both rewarding and thankless, intriguing and rich… I don’t want to poorly paraphrase the heroes of Marvel, or above all consider myself one of them, but we have to admit that with this role comes great responsibility, and that even if we are not the biological parents, even if it is not necessarily our duty, over time we participate in the upbringing of children despite ourselves. It is not trivial what we leave behind, little people who share our daily lives, build themselves and seek their place in the world.

I have to say right from the start that the school education is excellent. And their extremely dedicated teachers do more than their job requires. But over time, I quickly wondered why the introduction to philosophy wasn’t taught in elementary school, just like music and physical education. Perhaps there would be a way to integrate it into an already existing course without increasing the teacher’s workload?

Because even if we learn to listen, to wait our turn, to respect others, etc., teachers cannot handle everything that learning to “live together” represents. And if, as Tire le coyote says, “childhood is colonized territory,” obviously not everyone has the same opportunities at home.

On the other hand, everyone at school or at home invariably wonders about the world around them.

In comics Alice and Simon ask themselves many questions by Pastorini, Grisseaux and Ohazar, we discuss sensitive issues with the children such as: “Why do we exist? Can we choose to be free? what does i love you mean Do we all need love? Do you think that disagreement is a hindrance to discussion or a wealth? »

Also, the pandemic will certainly have confirmed to us that trying to get out of a crisis, big or small, is doomed to failure, that we are built to get out of it together and living together, living in society with the obligatory limits that this implied, can be learned.

Speaking on the airwaves of France Inter, Boris Cyrulnik said: ‘How are you supposed to live in society if you don’t ban anything? Society is the renunciation of a part of self-actualization in order to let others thrive. In society you have to amputate yourself, limit yourself, prevent yourself. »

What if we learned all of this more comprehensively from elementary school?

We often complain that the society we live in is sorely lacking in nuance, but what if nuance was learned from a very young age?

Children are very much encouraged to discover themselves and that is important, but in my opinion there is less emphasis on how to live with others, how to nuance one’s thoughts and be able to meet with those of others.. .

Especially at a time when thinking is a bit twisted, scattered and often radical. A time when social networks have an important and sometimes worrying place in the expression of this often impulsive thought. A time when we grant others a great power of affirmation about our own lives.

Quoted in The duty Last year, psychologist Nicolas Lévesque said: “We used to invent the idea that God was watching us live. Today it has been replaced by the eye of social networks. Someone looks at us and says, “I like, I affirm what you are going through.” I would like us to be more independent in this regard. And children could now be made aware of this at a younger age.

Frédéric Lenoir, a well-known French philosopher, brought this topical issue to France a few years ago, and I think it’s an idea that shouldn’t be ignored. Because more than ever you have tools that allow you to take a step back, a perspective on the world to come, especially at a time when children are bombarded with information and opinions in front of screens where we compare where we do it all better somewhere else, where they face all sorts of problems, including extremely serious environmental problems, I think this support is essential.

As Nicolas Lévesque said again at the Have to “I think the future lies in humility. The essentials remain in the shadows and I hope that we will learn to appreciate a less spectacular commitment that is sometimes invisible but makes a real difference and contributes to the common good. »

To be philosophically initiated into the common good from an early age seems to me to be a noble and necessary goal that should be concretely anchored in school reality. That and of course paying attention to what we embody as role models.

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