We were discussing wishes today, realizing that kids these days (yeah, I am old) don`t know what to wish for. Not all of them I guess, but the majority (yeah, I am using a percentage) have no idea what to wish for when the “Make a wish!” presents itself. Why is that?
First off, let`s analyse the wishing part. Wish is something philosophical. It`s something that exist only in the mind of the wisher. True, some wishes are common as people wish for a similar/same thing. But wish surpases reality and is not based on it in terms of wishing for something that only exists in the real world.
But people do exactly that and keep forgetting that wishing is something that transcends reality and does not necessarily apply to the real world. Kids in particular.
The reason in my opinion is in the narrowing of the field of choices. Today, everything is preordained. Everything is pre-made, pre-packed and pre-cooked. The perfect example are the lego blocks which for no apparent reason are getting more and more simplified every year. You get a thematised box of blocks (hehe), which you can only assemble at the one and only way. In my days, you got a bucket of blocks (hehe) and you put them together the way you wanted it. I even remember adjusting the blocks itself, sawing off a piece or gluing them together so that the whole construction would fit my imagination and wish. But now, toys resemble fast food. No creativity, only one way to do it.
What do you wish for?