Играя в демократию

Когда в Калькуте дети помладше просились играть с нами, мы разрешали им это делать, но только после того как прошептали друг - другу эль-бел . Эль-бел - это игрок, который считает, что он участвует в игре, но на самом деле он просто выполняет действия. Каждый знал, что очки, полученные им в ходе игры, не идут в счет.

Для ребенка овладение искусством эль-бел было очень важным. Когда новый ребенок появлялся в сопровождении заботливой мамы, мы могли выразить друг другом взглядом, что этот ребенок будет эль-белем .

Искусство эль-бел процветает и в мире взрослых. Любой из нас может вспомнить ситуации коллективного принятия решений,- выборные комитеты, рабочие группы, где некоторые участники исполняли роль эль-беля . Каждый из нас был когда-то эль-бел ем, даже если мы этого не осознавали.

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