Who would believe that Norwegian Author Jostein Gaarder (born in 1952) wrote a children’s book entitled ‘Hello? Is Anybody there?’
I know that many will be angry at me for ignoring Sophie’s World and The Orange Girl that was published in 2003 but I would say to them that the Norwegians did not appreciate Gaarder like he deserves until he published the novel The Solitaire Mystery. What’s intended is to address the author’s bravery in addressing younger readers. Who knows, perhaps Gaarder is one of those who believe in the capability of the child’s imagination to fly high and exceed that of older people. This is my point today. What makes Jostein Gaarder believe in the child’s capability to comprehend the theory of evolution and earth’s history and even access the world of the secrets of life at such an early stage?
While many in industrial societies line up to buy cinema tickets to watch a sci-fi movie with their children, the societies that still rely on collective memory teach a poem or a story that strengthens their integration in their groups.
The father who is standing in line to buy tickets and watch a sci-fi movie thinks that his son’s or daughter’s imagination is being trained to understand the future while in the second scene, the father is repeating the poem to his son as this is how he guarantees that the poem, or the story, maintains its value so his son understands what is going on when, for example, others laugh!
I notice – and I may be wrong – that the efforts which our Arab societies spend ruminating about the past and referring to a certain story but not the other prevent us from thinking enough about the future hence preparing for itTurki Aldakhil