Children are super curious tiny humans whose innocent questions can often stump even the smartest of adults. Which is probably why when six-year-old Teresa Manimala was reading a book before bedtime and encountered the phrase ‘man-made’ she asked her mom why is it not ‘people made’ or ‘human made’. She also objected to the sentence ‘all men are created equal’ saying it should be ‘all people’.
“Aren’t women allowed to build?… Then why don’t they say human-made? It’s not nice, right?”
The Hindu quoted her mother, Sonia John (a US-based data analyst) saying, “I recorded her asking me these questions while she was reading a biography of Abraham Lincoln that was meant for children.”
She added, “I am not surprised that she asked these questions and I am happy that she has begun asking these questions. I hope she has that same attitude when she grows up.”
People lauded the little girl for her clarity of thought and quickly discerning the inherent gender disparity of the words in the book. Many vowed to pay more attention while using such words in the future.
this kid is so open minded and is ready to think out of box rather than following what others say even at this age, may she reach great heights in future. And may people out there learn a thing or two from her words.
— ammu⁷⟭⟬ (@koogiggle) January 24, 2021
She is so right. Thanks बच्चा.
You taught me what I didn’t pay attention & missed it.
Your correction are applied by me from now onwards.
— Hemant Waghmare (@optimumtiger) January 23, 2021
Such earnesty and innate sense of justice and equality children have! . She’s a star and wishing her a shining future ahead 💫
— Priyamvada (@PriyamvadaKowsh) January 23, 2021
Such clarity in thinking at such a young age. Wonderful. She is going to be a star.
— Balajhi (@nbalajhi) January 22, 2021
Wonderful upbringing! Many a time I do end up using man-made subconsciously. Time to make the conscious efforts to say people-made and timely corrections henceforth! 🤟🏼
— InertMind (@NobleAbhiyanta) January 23, 2021
Wisdom has no age. Absolutely adorable 🥰
— ninanina khan joseph kaur (@ninakaranina1) January 22, 2021
This video is a great reminder for us to always maintain our childlike curiosity and keep on asking questions.