Vote for the 2-year olds
Marlon has a vision of our politicians as toddlers, thanks to his daughter.
I have a little trick I do during business meetings, to maintain objectivity and not impose judgement. I try to imagine people as they were when they were 2 years old.
That practise was recently called into question when I was pondering our upcoming general election and began to wonder what Jacob, Helen, and the rest of them were like when they were 2.
As always my question was answered not long after my pondering. Its 06:30 and I’m trying to get Maddison up for school. She responds by saying that she wants to watch a movie. After explaining to her that this is not going to happen, and her continual insistence to the contrary, I try a different tack.
“Okay, then take your clothes to the TV room and dress yourself while you’re watching.” This seems to be too much for her and she crawls deeper under the duvet. After ignoring her for a while, I come back into the room and she suddenly flings the duvet open and beams up a huge smile.
“Okay, up you get.”
So she allows me to dress her. However when it comes to doing the hair, the drama begins afresh. “One pony or two?” “I don’t wanna!” “You don’t wanna what baby?” “I don’t wanna!” I stay calm and I realise that its true, women really are from Venus, and they are sent to us earthlings from a very early age, specifically to torment men.
“If you let me do your hair, I’ll stop at the garage and get you some Smarties.”
Smarties in Maddison’s world are like manna from heaven, she is absolutely unable to resist. I usually have a box in my car which I keep for just those moments when I need to resort to some bribery.
And that’s when it hit me. Am I encouraging bribery and corruption in my little one? Did Jacob’s mom and dad do the same to him when he was a little mite? I stress about it the entire way to school, though it does not stop me from buying the Smarties. She sits back and is in total bliss. Now I’m wondering if giving her Smarties is encouraging bribery as a means to get what she wants, or is just a reward system.
Where do you draw the line between giving someone a reward for doing something and getting them to do something specifically for a reward? How different is it if Jacob were hypothetically to say to Shaik: “Gimme the money and I’ll make sure I’ll get you out of jail,” to my situation with Maddi? I’ll have to give it some more thought… What do you think? Does small corruption lead to the big stuff?