This video went viral in Hungary a few days ago accompanied by the phrase “real men.”

After watching it, I felt happy and disappointed at the same time.

I was happy because these children were so unbelievably honest. They are at that age where everything seems possible; they can and will change the world. It was so cute when they caressed the girl in the most harmless way and described her with simple, honest comments.

Then came the order to slap her, and their responses all consisted of some form of disapproval, confusion, and maybe even judgment. Because in the world they live in, it is abnormal to hit a girl. She is weaker. Violence equals cowardice. And they are brave. They want to change the world, and they will — but not this way.

And why was I disappointed? Because somewhere in the process of growing up, we lost this childish attitude. We became raw, brutal, and cold. Goals are more important than people. We will achieve what we want in any way possible. We live in a world where domestic violence is not a phenomenon anymore.

You know what I want? I want to live in a world where we are all children — where we are honest and true believers in what is right. That would be my brightest place of all.


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