This box represents the world of 6 year old boy
The students laughed every time. And I would ask -- “Why does this story make you laugh?” The answers were always very similar. It’s so sweet. My follow up question was – “Why do you think it is sweet?” I never got a good answer.
I would then draw a small rectangle. I would then explain:
He is a very intelligent 6 year old. He has thought about marrying the little girl across the street. They have talked about it and made decisions. Together they have used their knowledge and reasoned every issue out. They know what they know (to them they are right). Have you ever tried to tell someone why they can’t do something you know they cannot do? Do they listen and say thank you for educating me, or is there an argument.
Next I put a larger box around the smaller box.
You laughed because you know the information outside the red box. The 6 year has no idea and if you tried to explain it to him, he cannot relate. Innocence is charming in children. When people get older we call this being naive. It’s not as funny. Naïve / innocent people don’t know they are Naive. As we age we are exposed to more life experiences, therefore our judgment and common sense is superior to the 6 year old.
I draw another box; this time around the purple line.
Notice, there is a box larger than your box. That’s the adult or authority figure box and you’ve got the exact same dynamic going on. You know what you know, and your parents tell you, that you are wrong because. . . . . and your reaction is. . . . . for the exact same reason. Every generation rebels against their parents / authority figures culture – this includes music, what is right / wrong, clothes, language, what is cool / not cool. If you don’t believe me, check mom / dad’s high school yearbook.