The Lost Moments



It is surprising when we observe the way we all, or at least the big majority of us, has been raised; the vision of the world and how to get prepared to interact in a successful way throughout our lives.


There is a song from the 70’s from my country called: “Los Momentos” (The Moments) by “Los Blops” that says it all


“Nos hablaron una vez cuando niños

 Cuando la vida se muestra entera

 Que el futuro, que cuando grande

 Ahi murieron ya los momentos

 Sembraron así su semilla

 Y tuvimos miedo, temblamos y en esto

 Se nos fue la vida”


“We were told once when children

 When life shows itself

 Of the future, of being grown up

 There the moments die

 They sow their seed

 And we were scared, tremble and in this

 Our life was gone”


This translation is not the most accurate but shows the idea of the words.


We are told that we should get prepared and study hard to get the highest certification possible so later we can grab the best position in a big company with great benefits. We should work hard and always be doing something in order to be efficient and prepared.


Then we become more like machines that follow established procedures than human being that enjoy life while living it. We become registered numbers that have a place in the machine while crying from inside we know something is wrong.


So “the moments”, the innocence of a child that sees the world as a marvelous thing full of amazing surprises is lost; the eternal discovery that starts with watching a bird flying or a flower opening to the sun, to later discover the properties of numbers or the incredible chemical reactions of elements, to then find the amazing works of the universe, etc, everything turns into obligated tasks to learn instead of the fresh desire of discovery.


The concept and the process of learning are turned from a natural human characteristic into society rules and punishments to follow and be afraid of. No longer the discovery process is enhanced and promoted as a human joy but rather reduced to tasks and obligations to tap as a condition of maturity and good behavior.


Maybe it is our own feelings of failure in a materialistic society, where we didn’t acquire the elevated price tag of possessions to comply with the standards of success imposed in this trade based society, that pushes us to direct our own children into the path of accomplishments rather than discovery; all in the name of their own good.


Maybe is just a standard we follow in the process of raising our children without questioning of its real effectiveness and the consequences it may brings to them. 


The process becomes a cycle and the chain remains throughout generations and only those who visualize the imposed concepts and dare to escape the golden rules become free to create a change in this continuous cycle of society norms that has the purpose of creating effective being at the cost of their human part.







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4 Responses to The Lost Moments

  1. Walter says:

    Hi Raul. I am simple awed by your thoughts here. How have we become the automatons of our own progress. :-)

  2. Raul says:

    The pleasures of discovery are replaced by the duty of acquiring knowledge. We can see that all around us unfortunately.

    Thanks Walter for your comment.


  3. Hi Raul,

    What you’ve written is very true. For many it’s easy to get caught up in “keeping up with the Joneses” or with what “society” says is right. But you’ve raised a good point. Why can’t we revert back to that childish behavior and relearn how to play and how to enjoy all of the awesomeness of nature. I think we can. All it takes is a conscious decision to do so.

    Bring on the kite. :)

  4. Raul says:

    Hi Barbara,

    It is not so difficult to nourish the child inside when is done with the experience and vision of an adult and yet still being a logical one that is valuable to this society; it’s just a matter of being true to oneself.

    Thank you for your comment!


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