Until one day, he learned to use his own strength to face the world...

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Transmutation and Return——Analysis of the Survival Education of Babies in the Movie "Sunshine Baby"

Imagine, in the vast forests of Africa, you chase and play with flies and enjoy yourself;

On the endless Mongolian grassland, feel the world, climb and roll as much as you like;

For some, it might just be an unforgettable scenic experience, for others, it's a lifestyle they've been accustomed to since they were babies...

The documentary "Sunshine Baby" directed by Thomas Balmes goes deep into four groups of families in Opwo, Namibia, Bayan Chandman, Mongolia, Tokyo, Japan, and Los Angeles, USA. It affects the hearts of every nurturer and vividly shows the construction and growth of children in the initial stage of life.

Babies from four countries began to connect with the world from infancy. Gradually, they went from being timid, curious, groping carefully, and finally playing freely, completing a life transformation inconceivably. The film undoubtedly presents us with two completely different parenting methods: one is release to nature, and the other is highly civilized. The most primitive and the most civilized, which is the most suitable for infant growth?

African babe Ponijao

From the moment of birth, people have been constantly labelled by society and around them.

Ponijao was born in Opuwo, Namibia, Africa. Opwo has a huge gap between the rich and the poor. The Himba he represents is a primitive social group that is about to disappear. As the last people in Africa to maintain the primitive ecology, they chose to retreat to the jungle in order to maintain their traditions.

In the film, Namibia is arid and rainy, surrounded by desert plateaus, with almost no traces of modern industrialization. Strings of metal objects on the neck and ankles, and a few figurines around the waist are the best material guarantees they can give. .

When we see Ponijao's mothers licking their children with their tongues or wiping their feces with corn on the cob, these actions are just a way of life for them, but outside of Namibia, there is no doubt that are a unique cultural symbol: they symbolize backward living conditions, primitive and monotonous completely free-range parenting. Compared with a civilized society, in a place where even basic security is completely lacking, concerns such as food hygiene and safety are superfluous.

cute ponijao

Maslow's humanistic theory proposes five human needs . For newborns, mother's milk is their primary survival need . The baby in his arms, when hungry, seeks to suck from his mother's breast at any time, eats with his hands, drinks water by the river, and crawls on the muddy ground. Ponijao's approach to the world is also the most primitive and direct of the four families. As small as touching the flies and mud, as fine as stroking the genitals of men and women, even though he has no concept at all, he is integrated with the environment he is in. In these non-artificial natural fields, it is so fresh and has no violation.

His cognitive and learning abilities mainly depend on observation and imitation , and his parents can play very little guiding role. From groping and crawling to walking upright, the need for survival forces him to be independent as soon as possible in order to better integrate into this self-sufficient society. primitive tribes.

Mongolian Babe Bayar

Unlike Ponijao in Namibia, although the parenting methods are both free -range and have huge space for activities, the family of Mongolian child Bayar has already solved the problem of survival needs. Mongolia is a developing country, rich in material resources, and its social development is on the rise. At the beginning of the film, Bayar's mother went to do prenatal exercises. After she gave birth to the baby in the hospital, she hurriedly wrapped the baby in a swaddle and went home.

On the other side, Hattie in San Francisco is enjoying advanced medical equipment. Bayar's family is engaged in animal husbandry, and his parents are relatively busy. When his son is left unattended, he can entertain himself, sometimes bullied by his elder brother, or accompanied by flocks of chickens, cattle, and sheep. The prairie and the characteristic yurt have become his main activities. When the little Bayar was taking a bath, a goat suddenly appeared in the camera and came to grab water from him. Humans and animals can get along and be integrated without interfering with each other. This harmonious and comfortable way is really moving.

When Bayar was taking a bath, a goat suddenly appeared and came to grab water from him.

Under the excessive protection of modern civilization, we have been instilled with the dangers of nature and the danger of society, but the growth environment of Ponijao and Bayar broke this stereotype for us . When we naturally equate all beautiful words with modern civilization, is there a moment when our inherent thinking automatically believes that " nature is barbarism " is a definite conclusion?

Enjoying a highly civilized life, infants experience the world from a narrower perspective, and can only experience virtual childlike fun from man-made materials. The American mother pointed at the cow in the book and said " cow " to the child. Mari from Tokyo, Japan, saw the orangutan through the glass and cried, while Bayar, who lived in Mongolia, lay on the back of the sheep and slept. Various intangible differences subtly affect the growth environment of children.

Rousseau said in "On the Origin of Human Inequality": "The animals we keep have lost most of these advantages in the process of domestication, so that people will say that all our efforts to care for and feed these animals can only degenerates them. The same applies to man himself, who grows weaker, timid, and servile in the course of his becoming a man and a slave of society, while the tenderness and squeamishness of his way of life eventually weakens him strength and courage."

San Francisco Babe Hattie

When given a choice, human beings are more inclined to rely on externals rather than self-power. Is the benefit of modern civilization to us the weakening of personal power?

Here, although some of Rousseau's views are somewhat biased, the main consensus is still there: the progress of civilization is the crystallization of human wisdom. When creating and enjoying them, the importance of survival education must not be ignored. Here are full of children Their innate nature, they like freedom and love nature, but once these natures are bound, the children's creativity and imagination will also be limited.

When the Mongolian child Bayar kept pulling the toilet paper and wanted to take it into his hand, when the toilet paper was stuck on the pillar, he did not choose to cry, but changed the direction of force and continued to pull, and finally got his wish, holding the roll paper bite up. On the other side, Mari in Tokyo cried a lot because she couldn't assemble toys. It was also fun. This kind of active exploration and knowledge in the play allows us to see the endless potential of a life.

Mari in Tokyo cried for not being able to assemble toys

Psychologist Ai Fromm believes that the affirmation of young children's life should include two aspects: "On the one hand, we must care for young children and take responsibility for their growth in order to maintain and develop weak lives. On the other hand, it is beyond maintenance. The scope of life is to make the child love life and make him feel how good it is to be alive."

To make a child love life, the first thing is to give love, and the second is to give love in the right way. In the process of growing up, no matter how different the environment is, we must preserve the child's incomparable curiosity and thirst for knowledge facing the world. As a parent, you may not be able to change the general environment, but what kind of family environment you want to create depends on the parents themselves.

There are many forms of giving love. For example, Hattie from San Francisco, USA, the whole family holds her in the palm of their hands and gives her full and warm care, so that children can grow up in a loving environment. Luckily, she and the Japanese baby grew up in a favorable environment and were loved not only by their mothers.

In the role of fathers, Namibian fathers with children in large groups have never appeared. Mongolian fathers basically only attend family social occasions. In the traditional sense, babies are raised by mothers, and fathers really care little about children . This way of life in which the male is the main outside and the female is in the main also makes the love that the children receive to be lacking.

Hattie and cat

Although children in developed countries have abundant material, if their parents do not have a correct understanding and direction of their love for their children, it is easy to lead to coddling . Under the excessive protection of the umbrella, children are prone to frustration, and they will not know when they encounter difficulties. overwhelmed. And backward countries such as Namibia give full play to the nature of children, but cannot give children a good feeling of a real family . Primitive civilization and modern civilization are also intertwined with complex parenting issues, and the contradiction between the giving of love and the natural protection of children is also obvious.

This nuance has led to a new point of thinking: we often have a pre-determined environment for children's growth, and now this setting is more in the symbolic field that is exclusive to civilized society, and has more social characteristics . Even though human beings are social animals, it is very important to give young children a safe and comfortable growth environment, but while we enjoy abundant material conditions, too many presets have separated the sociality and naturalness we have. From a primitive stage to a civilized society, the only constant is the mother's care for the baby. If this care is not in place, it may lead to the gradual decline of the child's nature.

Japanese babe Mari

At the same time, in the movie, Hattie and Mari are brought by their mothers to parent-child classes and other infant early education training, trying to replace the survival education in real nature with this may be trivial. Knowledge can only be acquired by stimulating practice. As the first stage of children's growth, infants should try their best to educate children to walk into nature and get close to nature.

In Emile, Rousseau argues, a child "if he had not run on a dry field, if his feet had not been scalded by the scorching sand, if he had never been suffocated by the reflection of the sunlit rocks How could he appreciate the fresh air of that beautiful morning? The fragrance of the flowers, the beauty of the leaves, the moistness of the dewdrops, the soft walking on the grass, how could all this please his senses. "

What we lack is survival education , is to rediscover their innate nature that is compatible with nature. This transmutation is not only a collision between civilization and primitiveness, but also a fusion. It allows us to re-transform a concept, Knowing the parenting environment will bring a lot of differences to a child's personality and give more possibilities. At the same time, it also allows us to explore and return to the task of parenting :

It is compatible to let children better release their nature and love. We tend to pay too much attention to the differences on the material level and ignore the really important things that have been neglected for a long time in the parenting process. The growth that really benefits children may be based on this synthesis: the growth of children can enjoy the material achievements of modern civilization without lacking the strong natural ability of human beings.

In the last scene in the film, the baby who was once in the swaddle stood up. He stood up by his own ability, without any foreign aid, but with the full love of his parents. Babies inevitably need to be taken care of, but they must learn to explore the world from a certain moment, until one day, he learns how to stand up on his feet independently and face the world...

The last shot, Mongolian baby, stands up on the strength of his own legs...

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