One day, as a flurry of rain suddenly started falling, my daughter began singing the “rain rain go away” song. For the unfamiliar, it goes as follows:
Rain rain go away
Come again another day
Little children want to play
Rain rain go away.
Today I recoiled, because suddenly the sentiment of the underlying concept of the song dawned on me. Regardless of how innocuous it appears, the underlying message is to view the activity of Nature as a disturbance to one’s personal pursuits and desires. It promotes the notion of always seeking one’s personal desires over and above anything else, and thus perpetually campaigning for the enforcement of one’s will without due consideration of the environment. It tutors the child from an early age to not seek to understand the activity of Nature, but rather view it as a hindrance whenever it does not accord with one’s wishes. It propagates egotism, selfishness and narrow-mindedness. Nevermind it rains to further all life, nevermind it revitalizes, nevermind all that. For the only consideration is the selfish desire of “me wanting to play”. Nothing else matters. Recognizing this, I had to create an alternative that reflected something deeper. After many hours, I present the following:
Rain rain come and pour
So the earth can be restored
Golden droplets we adore
Rain rain come and pour.
The notion is to set aside our personal desires of play and recognize everything has an order! It is now raining because the earth and all the creatures therein require this restoration. It rains because the elements are obeying the Command of the Creator in their activity that mandates a torrent of water from the skies right now! All life requires this stream, so all life should appreciate it! Instead of “go away”, it calls “come and pour”. It invites and thus submits to the movement of Nature. Instead of “little children want to play”, it states “golden droplets we adore”. It shifts their mindset from selfishness of “me” “I want” “I need to play”, to one of adoration. Adoring and appreciating the beauty and activity of Nature. The adoration eradicates the selfish narrow limits, and invites a wider perspective of gratitude. Then it ends with “rain rain come and pour”. Thus “continue on, until your work is fulfilled!”
In all things we must be mindful of the dangers inherent in the concepts being promoted. For it tempts these children to grow up and see everything as only a means to the fulfillment of their desires, hence objectifying things. It barricades them from living outside selfish desires in order to see the benefit of anything and anyone who crosses their path. As the popular saying goes “get over yourself”. The more sensitive we become, the more we will detect subtle dangers masked in sweet nothings. In making the change, we thus promote a healthier outlook, thinking and behavior.