The fundamental erudition credited to one’s kindergarten scholastic term can be applied appropriately to foreign policy. If one were to achieve the position of Secretary of State or President of the United States, one can easily deduce the very basic formulation of foreign policy using this elementary knowledge.

1: Share toys, crayons, and space on the floor with others. In every kindergarten class there is always one or two students that fail to properly share items like toys, crayons and space in the play area. The term used for these types of classmates in my time were called “stingy”, though perhaps a more accurate terminology would be “selfish”. When children share things, it creates an interactive bond of getting along well with others. One who is selfish and fails to share is usually the same classmate that keeps to themselves or are quiet, but can be loud and boisterous as well. The same can apply to countries unwilling to share with neighbors or with people who were in the land first, conquest becomes paramount and people are forced to live in particular areas such as reservations, land given by neighboring countries, or autonomous areas of the country. The Kurds, Native Americans, Palestinians, Jewish and more have been the victims of selfish governments unwilling to share or compromise a reasonable and equitable solution for shared space and are denied the freedom to live in their homeland without danger to themselves. If one learned how to share in kindergarten, such things would not be issues as they are today. Children do not express prejudice unless they are taught it, which is a part of the reason why some are relegated from their homeland. Israel, as an example, took land from the Palestinians in 1949 and conquered to extend their borders in 1967 claiming the land as their “holy land” decreed by a god. The Palestinians, who also claim areas of that same land as “holy”, have just as much of a claim to it in direct comparison to Israel. However, displacement of Palestinian dissenters of Israel’s government who want their land back has caused enormous amounts of deadly and violent clashes in the area. If both parties learned how to share in kindergarten, perhaps the conflict would be resolved instead of continuing to cause bloodshed as homelands shrink for the Palestinian people.

2: Don’t get in an adult’s car if you don’t know them. In kindergarten, all students learn that strangers could be dangerous. In politics, it is the opposite. Learning the political position, opinions, and policies of another country before claiming them as allies is often overlooked or drastic differences, governmental abuses, and conflicting definitions of law and punishment are tolerated in order to enjoy ally status with that country. In my personal opinion, countries that engage in prejudice of women, oppression, tyranny, and human rights violations have no business being an ally. We are “getting in a car” that is dangerous for our people to be in should they decide to visit or be stationed as military personnel or what have you while in that country. Yet we “get in” Saudi Arabia’s “car” that often punishes women for being raped, requires them to conform to hijab (modesty) dress while there, and has a long list of human rights violations. Our standards are lowered because we need their products consumed by the millions of vehicles that depend on oil and gas for transportation purposes.

3: Keep your hands to yourself. A very important lesson for any child, whether in kindergarten or in the home is for one to keep one’s hands to themselves. Appropriate social behavior is to not grab away toys, pull hair, kick, punch, or in any other way act violently towards others. Violence breeds violence and in order to have healthy relationships, being violent is unacceptable. Yet, in the world, wars begin in the same manner that fights start on the playground: someone else started it and another felt the need to end it by returning the violence dispatched. Fingers get pointed. Angry people want vent their anger. Friends want retaliation for friends being hurt. On and on the cyclical nature of violence is perpetuated. If one learned to keep one’s hands to one’s self, or failed to perpetuate violence, wars would fail to exist and the world itself might be a more pleasant place in which to live.

4: Don’t spend your lunch money on chocolate. If one spends their lunch money on chocolate bars, one denies one’s self the proper nutrition supplied by the school lunch. The need to purchase necessities is skewed by one’s need for milk chocolatey goodness. This also falls under “taking care of one’s self” but emphasizes the reality that spending money on useless or unhealthy items is inappropriate. Chocolate does not have enough protein or other necessary nutrients to adequately provide for a growing body’s demands. Spending on frivolous things, such as billions of dollars to Pakistan who’s main export is terrorists bred from madrassas there, shows that one is willing to purchase allies instead of earning them with trust, fair exchange, and compatible moralistic qualities.

5: Mind your own business. In kindergarten, one learns to mind one’s own business, not getting involved in situations or personal business of others as a means to ally one’s self with another, fight another person’s battle, and change things one judges as inappropriate or unfair. If one minded one’s own business applied to the foreign policy, there would have been no Great War or World War I, Iraq War 2 or support of Al-Queda, other Islamic terrorist groups and revolutionary militia interested in expelling the Soviet Union from Afghanistan. It is none of our business what is going on with what country unless they ask us to intervene, and even then any action should be carefully measured so that we do not enter into another terrible war such as Vietnam. We have absolutely no business getting involved in matters that do not concern us or affect us negatively. The foreign policy of America fails to “mind our own business” as we are quick to intervene unnecessarily, export violence on countries accused of amassing “weapons of mass destruction”, and have tyrannical rulers who are either insane, megalomaniacs, or both. In is none of our business until the country asks us for our opinion, action, and/or assistance. A simple solution for politically complicated issues that are unnecessarily complicated.

Five simple rules. Elementary rules we all learned in kindergarten.

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