Sunday, January 18, 2009

Seven Year Old Tarak McLain: This I Believe

Every once in awhile something stops me in my tracks, filling my heart with hope and delight.  I just heard the "This I Believe" segment of NPR featuring the beliefs of seven year old Tarack McLain.  He wrote them for a "100 Days" activity when he was six years old.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

"This I Believe" 

by Tarack McLain

 I believe life is good.

I believe God is in everything.

I believe we're all equal.

I believe we can help people.

I believe everyone is weird in their own way.

I believe hate is a cause for love.

I believe that when I meditate I feel peaceful.

I believe we should be generous.

I believe brothers and sisters should be kind to each other.

I believe kids should respect their parents.

I believe I should not whine.

I believe people should wake up early.

I believe people should go outside more.

I believe in nature.

I believe people should use less trees.

I believe we should help the Arctic and rainforest animals.

I believe people shouldn't throw litter on the ground.

I believe people should not smoke.

I believe God is in good and bad.

I believe in magic.

I believe people should not give up.

I believe love is everywhere.

I believe that God helps us to have a good time.

I believe we live best in a community.

I believe we can protect people in danger.

I believe we should help the poor.

I believe it's OK to die but not to kill.

I believe war should not have started.

I believe war should stop.

I believe we can make peace


Cactus Jack Splash said...

I heard that on NPR this morning on my way home from feeding the horses. Brought tears to my eyes...hope he grows up to be one of our leaders. I hope our leaders now listen to this wise young man

Lori Skoog said...

This is worth printing out. Thank you for posting it.

bluetoffee316 said...

You can also see a blog that Tarak started in K as an alternate to homework .. .. and we added a new blog as a result of interest from friends and family in his This I Believe experience ... I verify that he is a very special boy and sometimes his incisive simplicity and righteousness helps us "grown ups" define what is really important.

CoyoteFe said...

SIX YEATS OLD??? That's just phenomenal! Thank you such for posting.

Ishtar said...

That was beautiful! I followed the link to his site and stumbled upon this:

"i have a dream that no one will hunt animals and use weapons to kill people for no reason.
i have a dream that no one will want to do war.
i have a dream that people will help poor people.
i have a dream that you won't use your fists. instead you can use your words.
i have a dream that no one will take a kid from their parents like i'm a kid.
i have a dream that no one will hurt anybody.
i have a dream that people will stop using weapons.
i have a dream that poor people will get a home.
i have a dream that people will help other people.
i have a dream that people will help animals if they're in danger.
i have a dream that people will elect a president who didn't vote for war and guess who it is. i want a president who helps other people and thinks people are equal."


mountain.mama said...

It gives me hope for the world to witness such wisdom from a young child.

Tami said...

I believe that people should plant more trees.

Anonymous said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.