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From a Special Kind of Teacher

Published on 6/26/2018
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My biggest lesson from Mr. Rogers has also been one of the biggest criticism that people have made about him. He asserted that we are all special and I believe that! We are all unique! We are all born as one-of-a-kind human beings and we do not have to do anything to prove that or be that. Many skeptics have taken this idea to mean that we are all entitled, which is a completely different thing. A sense of entitlement conjures feelings of being better than, of expecting people to treat you a certain way, or of receiving things just because.



I believe Rogers was talking about being an inherently valuable human being, just because you were born, just because you are you. You are not doing things to be valuable or to be you; you just are you because God made you that way—that’s it. You don’t have to earn your way to be considered valuable or to be of value.


When babies are born, we see them as beautiful. We don’t judge them or expect them to change, we accept them exactly as they are. As they grow, oftentimes, we begin to look at them differently or expect them to change or we get hung up on wanting them to survive or “make it” in the real world. We want to toughen them up because the world is cruel and we don’t want them to get hurt. We forget that they are unique beings and many are encouraged to go to school and get good jobs. Many of us fall into very hum-drum, “normal” lives. We go to school, get jobs, get married and raise families. If we’re lucky, we live to see retirement and hopefully, spend some quality time with our families or travel.


We are more than that. We are special and unique human beings. We are valuable and I believe that we are all possess a uniqueness and something special to contribute to the world. This kind of value has nothing to do with entitlement.


Won't you be my neighbor?

Fred Rogers

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