What seems important to the author in the poem "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten"? What ideas or thoughts come to mind that connect to other readings or to one's life experiences?

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In "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten," Robert Fulghum emphasizes the simple rules of living decently that all children are taught but so many adults seem to forget somewhere along the way. We should share our things, "play fair," don't hurt others (and say we're sorry when we do), "live a balanced life" (keep our lives diverse by playing and working and singing and dancing a little every day), and take care of one another. 

However, the higher we climb in the rat race that is corporate America, the more we learn to protect our things, our jobs, our specialties and knowledge. Corporate conglomerates shift their attention to making as much money for their shareholders as they can, thus forgetting that they shouldn't hurt others and they should "clean up their own mess"--think of the recent environmental disasters where taxpayers foot the bill. As we are drawn into the corporate ladder, we become creatures of habit, stuck in a rut, working 8-10 hours a day and forgetting to make time to "draw and paint and see and dance," thus forfeiting small portions of our own humanity and enjoyment of life in the drive to make more money. We become cynical and forget to "be aware of wonder." 

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