Child’s Play

If there indeed exists, as many linguists have suggested, a universal language with an innate grammar why then don’t we listen to children more? 

In any case, even if there mightn’t be a universal language, mothers can certainly attest to having spoken Motherese to their child, drilling words until they’ve understood how to use them. Take the child’s name as a basic example: The child will learn to say its name before it learns the First Person ‘I’. I should think a universal language exists the moment the child realises [how to use] the First Person, whether it should use its name or ‘I’. 

In any event, parents will address their child as they would say a member of royalty, else demi-god, yet the mother is speaking most naturally to their own child. And this is not to be confused with a ‘simplified’ grammar since ‘simplification’, as linguistics call it, actually is rather more complex, because it more often than not involves removing grammatical elements, replacing these with (for lack of a better, linguistics term) a ‘sous-entendu’, else a ‘silence’ or a zero article, etc. 

In any case, the fact remains that, no sooner has our child learned to use his/her name for the First Person than it is told to unlearn this and use ‘I’ in its place. Herein lies the child’s first bewilderment: “Was Alex just told not to say ‘Alex’ whence wanting to express myself?” It’s no wonder teens become selfish and rebellious, after being bossed around by a ‘surrogate language’ geared for adult-wanna-be’s who dare call English their ‘mother-tongue’.
For the child suddenly everything under the sun becomes impolite, inappropriate and what not, tainted with utilitarian morality and political-correctness. (It’s no wonder youngsters have less of a hard time with computer language; they don’t feel threatened by it). 
Still, that son or daughter ironically will seldom let go of ‘mama’ and ‘papa’ toward their parent, caregiver, or whatever, in place of a first name, be it out of compensation, compromise or simple respect. Is a child—or ‘my angel’ as some mothers will call their child (albeit rightly so)—not actually trying to communicate something to adults? 
Have parent(s) and educators never pondered: In addressing itself by first name, might the child not simply have been expressing utmost humility, therefore returning the greatest (mutual) respect unto its peers and parents?
And so, what if youths were to continue using their given name to mean ‘I’?
It would certainly save other, more distant relatives, the embarrassment of having to ask ‘and what’s your name?‘  No, but seriously…haven’t you noticed a teenager always cringes at that question? But you have to give them credit; after all, just a few years back they were taught to use their first name for First Person and Mom, for a very good reason, has the final word, and therefore why shouldn’t that Alex be fed up.  
Just how much does this odd phenomenon, of castrating universal grammar, play a role in influencing disorders, like an outbreak of diagnosing children with ‘schizophrenia’ for starters?
Labelling these so-called disorders only serves to reinforce the concept of Sin in society. (If not quite as bad as that, it’s perverse to say the least). 
Finally, might ‘I’ not imply the Third Person (a singular, collective ‘we’ or ‘you’)? Whence saying ‘you’ does it not mean—since it is not so uncommon for some ‘other’ indigenous tribal communities to use it that way—’myself too’ ?
Does ‘me’ not mean, however indirectly, ‘you’;
at least this would explain a valid point, one that is morally useful: Use ‘you’ at the risk of it actually meaning ‘me’ so that, making a judgment about someone else leaves room for looking within at an aspect of yourself. 
The day humans are no longer indigenous, are disconnected from the natural world, is the day you can start to call people unstable, but as long your children teach us things, learn to listen. 

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Ever have an idea or gut feeling, which you feel may have been mediated, for which there is no proof yet you feel nevertheless is valid and important enough to share? I put these down on blog to rid myself of them - it is a question of freedom of speech, and freedom of thought, and freedom from religious persecution. If anyone should feel offended, please be free to leave my blog.
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